Exactly two years after acquiring Motorola Mobility, Lenovo, one of the biggest and most famous smartphone giants, has unleashed latest Moto phones under its own brand name. The company has unveiled Moto G4 and G4 Plus, and has taken a major step to secure a stronger foothold in the highly lucrative Indian market.
Though a lot has changed in the new Moto G, the quirky Motorola logo still stands on the back of the device. Clearly, Lenovo aims to replace its not-so-successful Vibe series with Moto line-up, alongside featuring Motorola as its sub-brand.
Anyways, the new Moto G4 is here, and its looks a lot more compelling and better than any other smartphone in the entry-level category. It brings some major upgrades over the Moto G3, which also makes a great package for buyers on a budget. So, when it comes to picking the better one, here’s what we need you to look at!
Design and Build Quality
Though brand name might have changed, the design strategy is still as cool as on Moto G3 and older iterations. Moto G4 accommodates some major tweaks here and there, but still holds the look of an identifiable Moto smartphone. Its round metal frame with rubber back adds a dash of class and gives a firm grip with better ergonomics. It embraces the entire profile of the device, and makes a great package for users who prefer single handed usage on a big-screened device. In fact, the 2016 edition of Moto G is slimmer and lighter than ever. It tips on the scale at 7.9mm, and fits nicely in hand.
As far as the changes are concerned, the unique strip on the back of Moto G3 has been reduced to pair camera sensor and flash on Moto G4. The handset boasts a cleaner profile and ditches the trademark bottom grille which we have been seeing on all Moto phones. Its back panel is fairly flatter than the curved back of Moto G3, and is also not customizable with swappable back-covers.
In addition to this, it is also important to note that Lenovo disappoints by ditching IPX7 certification for water resistance for Water-Repellent Nano Coating instead on Moto G4!
Display and Visual Experience
As for visual experience, Lenovo has given a major bump-up with a bigger and a sharper display. The company has finally broken the shackles, and has featured a crisp, vibrant, and durable 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display. It endows users with picture-perfect visuals and packs a strong punch against a monotonous 5-inch HD IPS display bundled with Moto G3 and older variants. The protection on the top is still from Gorilla Glass 3, but the output is just spectacular. Whether you’re a gaming addict or movie-buff, it is just the right thing for you. Surely better than Moto G3.
Performance and Internals
On the hardware front, Lenovo has made some major changes that includes a faster processor and enhanced storage. Moto G4 powers up by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage, and Adreno 405 GPU. The handset packs smooth and lag-free performance on moderate and heavy usage, and certainly looks far better than Moto G 2015 that ships with a dated quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset, 1/2GB RAM and 8/16GB built-in storage. Both devices incorporate support for expandability up to 128 gigs via microSD, and also come with enhanced variants (G4 Plus and Turbo Edition) offering bit more on the inside.
Software- Marshmallow out-of-the-box
As expected, Moto G4 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the usual suite of Moto enhancements such Moto Assist, Moto Camera, and Moto Display. The dual-SIM based handset is one of the only few budgets phones that gives you Google’s latest mobile OS straight out-of-the box. It falls in line with vanilla Android phones, and outperforms all players even last year’s Moto G3 running Android 5.1 Lollipop with an option to upgrade to Marshmallow. On Moto G4, you can even play with gestures by using the all new Moto Actions feature. It looks fairly clean and makes a tempting package for users who want an affordable Nexus-like smartphone promising regular software upgrades. It’ll get upgraded to Android N and O in near future.
A Big Battery with Fast Charging
Along with hardware and software upgrades, it is also worthy to note that Moto G4 brings a bigger and better battery in the house. The handset accommodates a gigantic 3000 mAh battery, and endows more than enough power for catering all your needs without any snafus. It brings a major bump-up over all Moto G phones that have managed to deliver decent power-backup with small batteries. Moto G3 has the biggest battery till now, but the new variant is clearly an ideal choice for on-the-go users with heavy gaming and multi-tasking requirements. It lasts full-day when the tank is full, and gives you 6 hours of juice with a single 15-minute charge, thanks to the highly-efficient TurboPower Charger.
Pricing and Availability
As of now, there’s no word on the pricing and availability of Moto G4. The handset will show up soon, but presently, its elder sibling Moto G4 Plus is creating a big buzz and is set to hit the shelves via Amazon India in two variants, one with 2GB RAM/16GB ROM for Rs. 13,499 and other with 3GB RAM/32GB ROM for Rs. 14,999. It will be the first time a Moto smartphone will be go online on an ecommerce portal other than Flipkart with a slew of launch offers and lucky draws.
To sum up, we can say, there are few but essential tweaks in the Moto G4. The Marshmallow based handset packs a new look and feel, and takes a dig against all entry-level smartphones, boasting high-end innards with a sleek and slim profile. It clearly stands out against a weak Moto G3 which now ships at a much lower price tag!
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