Lenovo Unveils the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in India
Lenovo has finally taken the wraps off the successors of one of the most successful lineups in the budget category of devices — the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus.
The Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus have bumped up the screen size on the budget lineup to 5.5″ with a FHD LCD panel with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, up from the 5″ HD panels on the previous generations.
Starting off with the design, it’s a departure from the iconic curved back of the G series, going for a more flat back with rounded off edges and a protruding camera setup. The dimple in the back still remains, thankfully retaining some of the aesthetic appeal from its predecessors.
Coming to the specs, the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus both sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, with its 8x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. On the GPU, you get the Adreno 405 to run things through. In comparison to the predecessor, the Snapdragon 617 is a good jump, but in comparison to the market competition, it will severely fall short of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and 652, both of which pack in Cortex-A72 cores (2x for 650, 4x for 652) clubbed with the 4x Cortex-A53.
The Moto G4 comes in with just 2GB of RAM clubbed with 16GB of internal storage. There are no other variants incase you wanted a bump up in RAM, since 2GB of RAM will not age well for the next two years. The Moto G4 Plus does come in two variants, with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Both the models come with expandable storage options of up to 128GB.
For the rest of the specs, both the models come with a 3000 mAh battery with support for fast charging. Lenovo claims that 15 minutes of charge provides 6 hours worth of life, but skimped on presenting the exact QC specifications. To add to woes, only the Moto G4 Plus will get a turbo charger in the box. On the software side, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and support dual SIM with dual standby.
The camera is one of the few points of difference between the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus. The Moto G4 has a 13MP rear camera, while the Moto G4 Plus has a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture. You also get laser autofocus and PDAF for better focusing in different lighting conditions. The camera software packs in a Pro Mode, which is another word for manual controls. The front camera is a 5MP shooter on both.
The last point of differentiation is the fingerprint sensor, present as a squircle home button on the front of the Moto G4 Plus and absent on the Moto G4. There was no mention of water resistance during the event.
The pricing is the area where the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus could have excelled, but alas, Lenovo has dropped the ball on this area. Pricing for the Moto G4 was not revealed, but the Moto G4 Plus will cost Rs. 13,499 ($202) for the 2GB RAM variant, with the 3GB RAM variant costing Rs. 14,999 ($225). Both the devices will be Amazon.in exclusives in India, with the Moto G4 available later in the month. The Moto G4 Plus will be available for purchase from midnight tonight, and will be available in Black and White.
To be real honest, outside of the pure Android experience, there is very little that the Moto G4 brings to the table. Lenovo watered down the G4 in an attempt to bring up the G4 Plus, while the G4 Plus is what the Moto G4 should have been. In the Indian market, you can easily find several other smartphones, all of them bearing 5.5″ FHD displays, similar or even better SoC’s and fingerprint sensors, at lesser price.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 still remains the uncontested king of the low/mid end, with the Snapdragon 650 SoC, 3GB RAM and all the rest of the features at Rs. 11,999 ($180) with the only real drawback being its difficulty to purchase. The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note also offers similar specs with the MediaTek MT6753 with 8x Cortex-A53 at Rs. 11,999 ($180). Then there are other offerings from Micromax and LeEco, which offer different sets of features at lesser prices than these. So there really is not much that the base Moto G4 offers that makes it an impulse buy. The Moto G4 Plus is better, but not convincing enough.
We hope that there is more to the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus than what it appears on the surface.
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