Moto G4 & G4 Plus - All you need to know

Harigovind M

Wednesday 18, 2016

Goodbye Motorola, Hello Moto! The first two phones under the "Lenovo Moto" have been unveiled and they are the successors to the Moto G (3rd gen). Yes, successors, plural.

Screens have grown larger and sharper - 5.5" 1080p - after staying at 5" 720p for the 2nd and 3rd generations. The processing power has doubled with a higher-end Snapdragon chipset, the camera and memory have been improved as well.

 

 

Lenovo Moto G4 Plus

Rather than "Turbo", this one is a "Plus" and in its high spec option, the Moto G4 Plus places in the upper echelons of the mid-range segment. The 5.5" screen has 1080p resolution (with Gorilla Glass 3 protection), a necessary bump in both size and resolution for the G4 to stay competitive. You don't even have to ask, of course, it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Below the screen is the square fingerprint reader, which is unique to the Plus model - the regular G4 goes without one. The sensor can unlock the phone in just 750ms.

The Moto G4 Plus is a 16MP shooter with hybrid focus (Laser + phase detection) and it records 1080p video. The camera uses an OmniVision PureCell Plus sensor - with 1.3µm pixels and behind an f/2.0 aperture. There's a Pro mode with manual controls too. The selfie cam has a 5MP sensor and an 84° wide-angle lens.

The chipset went up to Qualcomm's 6-series - a Snapdragon 617 to be precise. It has eight Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 405 GPU. That's double the CPU cores of the Moto G (3rd gen) and a newer generation GPU. The top model comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. There will be more affordable options with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of storage. And there's a microSD slot, so even the 16GB models can have plenty of storage.

While both the Moto G4 and G4 Plus have 3,000mAh batteries and support fast charging, only the Moto G4 Plus has a Turbo Charger in the box. It can put 6 hours worth of juice in just 15 minutes. Pricing starts at INR 13,500 for the base 16GB Moto G4 Plus model and INR 15,000 for the 32GB model.

 

Moto G4 Plus detailed specifications

 

GENERAL

Form factor

Touchscreen

Dimensions (mm)

153.00 x 76.60 x 7.90

Weight (g)

155.00

Battery capacity (mAh)

3000

Removable battery

No

Colours

Black, White

SAR value

1.09

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches)

5.50

Touchscreen

Yes

Resolution

1080x1920 pixels

Pixels per inch (PPI)

401

HARDWARE

Processor

1.5GHz  octa-core

Processor make

Qualcomm Snapdragon 617

RAM

2GB

Internal storage

16GB

Expandable storage

Yes

Expandable storage type

microSD

Expandable storage up to (GB)

128

CAMERA

Rear camera

16-megapixel

Flash

Yes

Front camera

5-megapixel

SOFTWARE

Operating System

Android 6.0.1

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi

Yes

Wi-Fi standards supported

802.11 b/ g/ n

GPS

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes, v 4.10

NFC

No

Infrared

No

USB OTG

Yes

Headphones

3.5mm

FM

Yes

Number of SIMs

2

SIM 1

 

SIM Type

Micro-SIM

GSM/ CDMA

GSM

3G

Yes

4G/ LTE

Yes

Supports 4G in India (Band 40)

Yes

SIM 2

 

SIM Type

Micro-SIM

GSM/ CDMA

GSM

3G

Yes

4G/ LTE

No

SENSORS

Compass/ Magnetometer

No

Proximity sensor

Yes

Accelerometer

Yes

Ambient light sensor

Yes

Gyroscope

No

Barometer

No

Temperature sensor

No

 

Lenovo Moto G4

The Moto G4 brings many of the same improvements as the Plus mode. It has a 5.5" screen with 1080p resolution, Snapdragon 617 chipset and a 3,000mAh battery with fast charge support (it's a bring your own charger affair, though).

You get a choice of 16GB and 32GB built-in storage (expandable via microSD). The RAM is fixed at 2GB.

The camera on the Moto G4 is closer to the 3rd gen phone - 13MP with 1080p video capture. It gets the same 5MP wide-angle selfie cam as the Plus model, though.

The final difference between the G4 and its Plus sibling is the fingerprint reader - there isn't one here.

 

Moto G4 detailed specifications

 

GENERAL

Release date

May 2016

Form factor

Touchscreen

Dimensions (mm)

153.00 x 76.60 x 9.80

Weight (g)

155.00

Battery capacity (mAh)

3000

Removable battery

No

Colours

Black, White

SAR value

NA

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches)

5.50

Touchscreen

Yes

Resolution

1080x1920 pixels

Pixels per inch (PPI)

401

HARDWARE

Processor

1.5GHz  octa-core

Processor make

Qualcomm Snapdragon 617

RAM

2GB

Internal storage

16GB

Expandable storage

Yes

Expandable storage type

microSD

Expandable storage up to (GB)

128

CAMERA

Rear camera

13-megapixel

Flash

Yes

Front camera

5-megapixel

SOFTWARE

Operating System

Android 6.0.1

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi

No

GPS

No

Bluetooth

No

NFC

No

Infrared

No

USB OTG

No

Headphones

No

FM

No

Number of SIMs

2

SIM 1

 

SIM Type

Micro-SIM

GSM/ CDMA

GSM

3G

Yes

4G/ LTE

Yes

Supports 4G in India (Band 40)

Yes

SIM 2

 

SIM Type

Micro-SIM

GSM/ CDMA

GSM

3G

Yes

4G/ LTE

No

SENSORS

Compass/ Magnetometer

No

Proximity sensor

Yes

Accelerometer

Yes

Ambient light sensor

Yes

Gyroscope

No

Barometer

No

Temperature sensor

No

 

 

 

 

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Source: GSM Arena, NDTV Gadgets

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