Lenovo owned Motorola has globally announced the Moto G4 phones yesterday in Delhi. There will be two phones in the series for now, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. The company has launched only the G4 Plus for now, and it is already available on Amazon India.
The Moto G4 Plus comes in 2 different variants, with 3GB RAM and 2 GB RAM, and we have tested the 3 GB RAM variant at the launch event yesterday. After a short encounter with the phone, we realized that Moto has made some crucial changes in the phone. To know what more is in store for you this time, read our hands on experience with the all new Moto G4 Plus.
Moto G4 Plus Specifications
|Key Specs||Lenovo Moto G4 Plus|
|Display||5.5 inches IPS LCD display|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD (1080 x 1920)|
|Operating System||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Processor||1.5 GHz octa-core|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 617|
|Memory||2 GB/ 3 GB RAM|
|Inbuilt Storage||16/32 GB|
|Primary Camera||16 MP with dual-LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP|
|SIM card type||Dual-SIM|
|Price||2GB/ 16 GB- Rs 13,499
3GB/ 32 GB- Rs 14,499
Moto G4 Plus Photo Gallery
Moto G4 Plus Physical Overview
The first thing that surprised me the moment I held the Moto G4 Plus was its weight. The Moto G4 Plus is very light at just 155 grams, considering the 5.5 inch display and 3000 mAh battery. Not just lightweight, the new Moto G feels slimmer at 7.87mm compared to the Moto G3 at 11.6mm. It is able to shed this fat because this time the company has not included the IPx7 certification to make it water and dust resistant.
It is certainly wide for one handed usage if you have small hands, it will be difficult to navigate from one corner of the screen to other. Looking at the overall design I realized that it is not a thorough overhaul from the previous design but has small changes that count a lot. It now has a micro textured back; the back is no more curved, thinner sides, and enhanced camera setup on the back.
The front top has a good looking speaker grill surrounded by chrome lining, front camera, proximity and ambient light sensors.
Bottom bezel has a square shaped fingerprint sensor which looks different from any other fingerprint sensor on existing phones. There is a mic as well on the left of the sensor.
On the right side, there is a power button and the volume rocker below it.
On the rear side of the phone, you will see a camera unit with the dual LED flash and laser autofocus blaster. Right below this cluster, you will find the Motorola logo ‘M’.
On the top, you will find a 3.5 mm jack and MicroUSB port is at the bottom of the phone.
The back is made of matte plastic with a very fine texture, which looks prone to fingerprints but gives a great grip to users. It is removable and the SIM and microSD slots are placed under the back cover.
Moto G4 Plus User Interface
Moto G4 Plus runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. As always, Motorola sticks to the authentic Android interface with minute tweaks on top. It looks the same as stock Android but offer; there is hardly any difference between this one and the one on Nexus phones. There are almost no custom apps on top of the stock Google suite. It is certainly really good news for those who prefer the stock Android experience over any other custom OS.
Moto G4 Plus Display Overview
The 5.5 inch display has a full HD resolution, and it looked very sharp. Colour reproduction and brightness is pretty good for the price. In terms of visibility, the phone does well and also the viewing angles are pretty flexible.
Price and Availability
Moto G4 Plus will be available in two variants, including a 2GB RAM/ 16GB and the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. The 2 GB RAM variant is priced at INR 13,499 and the 3 GB RAM version will cost you INR 14,999. It is exclusively available on Amazon India website and will be available in Black and White colour variants.
Comparison and Competition
At INR 14,999, the 3 GB RAM variant of this phone makes it worth the money. The new Moto G4 Plus is different from what we have seen in the past, although the changes are very minute but they are sensible and sweet. Build quality and design has a little additions and subtractions, but overall it has worked. Display and camera performed impressive at the event, but we’ll reserve our comments about them until we have spent enough time with the device.