Google I/O 2016 may be kicking off tomorrow, but first, we have Motorola (now owned by Lenovo) announcing its new generation of handsets, namely the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. After the recent leaks, it’s good to get some concrete information about Motorola’s new 5.5-inch handsets
Let’s talk about what the G4 and G4 Plus have in common, and here it may be a case of Moto G fans becoming a little upset with the increase in size over last year’s 5-inch Moto G. Both the G4 and G4 Plus have 5.5-inch Full HD displays, are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, with 2GB of RAM (3GB/32GB for the better specced variant of the G4 Plus). Both have a decently sized battery with a 3,000mAh capacity with fast charging. As you would expect with devices launched in 2016, both handsets will launch running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.
While both handsets have a 5MP front camera with a wide-angle view, the rear camera is where the two handsets part ways. The G4 has a 13MP rear camera, the G4 Plus has a 16MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, laser, and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). For what it’s worth, DxOMark has apparently rated the photo quality of the G4 Plus’ camera ahead of the iPhone 6S. The G4 Plus also has a fingerprint scanner with an unlock time of less than 750ms, this explains the button below the display that isn’t actually a home button as the G4 Plus still uses on-screen buttons to navigate.
The G4 will only be available with 16GB of internal storage while the G4 Plus will be available in two variants with either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage or a boosted version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. As you might expect with Moto handsets, you can expand the storage thanks to the included MicroSD card slot.
Both handsets will be available in either black or white, and will be able to be customized via the Moto Maker service. In the UK, the Moto G4 will be available for £169, with the G4 Plus starting from £199. At present, there’s no word on pricing for the US, but you can probably figure that there will be around a 10 percent increase in prices over the Moto G (2015). Both phones will available from Amazon India from tonight onwards.
What are your thoughts on the Moto G4 and G4 Plus? Is the G4 Plus just a reworked Moto X Play?