Lenovo Moto G4 Plus review – quality at right price

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Moto G4 Plus Review
Moto G4 Plus, now available.

Last year seemed quite distressing for Motorola with little success, despite the fact that the brand tried hands on Moto G Turbo Edition in its third generation of the Moto G. Now in 2016, Lenovo planned to launch a full-fledged lineup of new devices…all at once! The new smartphone – Moto G4 Plus comes as the premium version of the Moto G new generation devices. Are you planning to buy the all-new Moto G4 Plus or, are you just not so sure? Here’s the full Lenovo Moto G4 Plus review to help you make the final call whether to go with the new phone or pick up some other choice.

Moto G4 Plus Review

Release Date and Price

Moto G4 Plus

The new flagship phone Moto G4 Plus, launched at a press conference in Sao Paulo on May 17, is available now through Brazilian Motorola website. What’s interesting: it’s available in eight different color variants!

According to sources, the expected price is approximately $440 for the Plus version. It comes with 32GB storage capacity. The US prices aren’t revealed yet, but the official US Motorola website states that the device will be available near mid-summer this year. More information will be updated as soon as the company reveals anything further.

Moto G4 Plus – body and build quality

Moto G4 Plus Body

As soon as you hold it, you find the new Moto G4 Plus much similar to the Moto G4…both models come with a physical home button on front body, serving you with as a biometric sensor as well. The square-shaped sensor at the bottom-center of the devices is notable on the front surface of the Moto G4 Plus.

You will also find a mono speaker and proximity sensor right at the top of the Moto G4 Plus. The white model seems more appealing while the dark one seems more subtle and elegant. There’s no aluminum frame around the speaker anywhere on Moto G4 Plus.

Yeah that true…the design of Motorola devices has never been something too popular among the majority of people, especially given the Moto G line. BUT…Lenovo’s leadership brings the first ever major visual change to the Moto series. Most of the reviews on the new approach are positive, yet there’s more to know.

With every new generation, Moto G devices get more user-friendly and comfortable to hold. Having invested decent enough in rubberized and textured polycarbonate, finally Lenovo decided to go with a type of silicone – more like the material found on the back of the Moto X Style.

The Moto G4 Plus seems more sleek and lighter than the previous generation devices. Motorola says that the new thinner and lighter frame has been made possible due to the removal of the water-resistant feature – the one present in the Moto G 2015. The new Moto G is well equipped with a nanotechnology, making it resistant only to splashes. So basically the device has let go off IP67 that allowed the submersion of the predecessor.

The conclusion is – Moto G4 Plus seems lighter and sleek as Lenovo gave up the IP67 water resistance.

The back cover can be easily removed, making it easier to insert microSD and Sim card in the slots. The battery can’t be removed that easily, however. Apart from the Moto Logo, the back offers space to the camera and flash with laser technology. The device also lets you customize the ring surrounding it in MotoMaker.

The Moto G4 Plus display

Moto G4 Plus Display

The Moto G4 Plus features a full-HD 5.5-inch display. It’s obvious that a 5.5.-inch display will make most of you think at the moment like – finally! It took at last Lenovo’s leadership in the Moto G lineup to add a long-awaited resolution and color richness.

The Moto G4 Plus LCD display packs all the typical pros and cons like any other 5.5-inch screen.

Bit warmer colors, proper viewing angles, and higher brightness!

The suitable contrast and sharp view will surely spellbind your eyes, as the display seems more vivid and sharper in the new device.

What makes the Moto G4 Plus so very special

Moto G4 Plus Special

Now that you know the Moto G4 Plus is the premium model of the existing Moto G line, you should also know that the device doesn’t pack all the features you’ve found in the other two versions. It comes with somewhat few-are-few-not usability.

The version has a dual-core chip 2G/3G/4G and intelligent management software as well, but…it clearly swiped the HDTV feature away!

Don’t get disappointed, the Moto G4 Plus offers you a unique feature of the biometric sensor – something not present in any of the other two versions.

Still not enough? The Moto G4 Plus offers more security with its fingerprint sensor. The sensors can be utilized to unlock the device. The list also adds Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. You can easily integrate third-party apps into the sensor, for instance – Telegram.

Even the Play Store comes integrated with the biometric sensor. This lets you authorize payments via biometric confirmation. Taking after the feature of Lenovo Vibe A7010, you don’t need to slide your finger to unlock the Moto G4 Plus. A touch on the sensor will suffice. Now this is something cool and not present in some Android devices.

While testing, the Moto G4 Plus biometric sensor seemed quite functional and capable.

The software inside the Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Plus Software

Talking about software in 2016, the Moto G4 Plus couldn’t compromise leaving the factory with an older software version than the current one. The model, hence, runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a slightly improved user interface by Lenovo.

You can find some of the manufacturer features in the phone settings, like SIM card manager, Moto display settings, and more. The very first impression when you encounter the software, is almost good.

Performance

Moto G4 Plus Performance

When you take into consideration international variants, the Moto G4 Plus seems not so Plus. The brand offers two models – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage capacity, and other a 64GB, 4GB variant. The possible strategy behind such a move was required maybe to maintain the price of the device within the average spectrum of what respective makers are offering.

The Moto G4 Plus is the one you find in the Moto G4 – the Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor. Inside the box, there’s a 15W charger which is capable of fully charging its 3, 000 mAh battery within just an hour and thirty minutes.

Given such specifications, the device seems to perform average, in the initial testing.

Camera

Moto G4 Plus Camera

Finally the camera! The Moto G4 Plus camera is the best feature in this device yet. Lenovo has managed to get a decent score of 88 in the evaluation from DXO Mark – a website specialized in evaluating smartphones lenses and cameras.

The high score brings the Moto G4 Plus before the LG G4, the Style Moto X, and even iPhone 6S!

It’s obvious that the methods used by the DXO Mark are not the same as used to test products at other sites. Still, the idea gives a good reference to those looking after this device’s specs.

It seems like Lenovo gave a good shot at planning multiple aspects and features that could possibly enhance the new camera of the Moto G4 Plus. The software is also a part of the same changes as now there’s a manual mode full of advanced and interesting features.

The ones who will go with the automatic mode will find the basic interface, while the manual mode offers additional options like ISO control, macro, exposure, self-timer, and shutter.

The focus modes add more value to the device with its two types feature. The first one is – the PDAF (Phase detection Autofocus). The PDAF generally lets the Moto G4 Plus to focus on moving objects with higher speed. The other technology – laser focus, enables the device to capture selected objects by focusing more times, independent of ambient lighting conditions.

A few smartphones, like some of the Asus devices, feature laser focus. Interestingly enough, the Asus devices come out as a direct competition to the new Moto G series somehow. The mode results when combined with the PDAF, theoretically, better exposure and sharper pictures.

At the end, coming to video and photo editing features, they were integrated into the Moto G4 Plus camera software. The users can now personalize the files right from the camera software. You can also apply various color effects or make occasional edits, like rotate, crop, or adjust contrast.

NETWORK Technology  GSM/HSPA/LTE

 

LAUNCH Announced 2016, May
Status Available. Released 2016, May

 

BODY Dimensions 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm (6.02 x 3.02 x 0.39 in)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
SIM Micro-SIM

 

DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~71.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3

 

PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 405

 

MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM

 

CAMERA Primary 16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto-HDR
Video 1080p@30fps, HDR
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.2, auto-HDR

 

SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes

 

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host

 

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  – Fast battery charging
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

 

BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

 

MISC Colors Black, White

The bottom line

Moto G4 Plus

So what is this Moto G4 Plus? This was the first question in mind since Lenovo introduced the new device. Well, in short – the Moto G4 Plus is a device with quality at right price.

Though, it does not packs the same amount of RAM in its international versions, the device in the question is still the best ever model to release under the Moto G tag. The design might not be that eye catching, yet you all know the fact that Lenovo buyers don’t go for the Moto G line for just looks.

Counting the good ones, the Moto G4 Plus features a good list of reasons you should think of buying it. If that’s not enough, the price is really affordable and consistent compared to the quality of efforts put into it.

There’s no doubt that the Moto G series has risen to prominence, with the Moto G4 Plus ad the live proof of its advancement. The first impressions with the new device are almost positive. When you think of the potential competitors of Moto G4 Plus this year, the features seem good enough to compete with others in the race.

So given a list of Asus, Xiaomi, Quantum, and Samsung…Lenovo brings a good run for your money this year with the new Moto G4 Plus.

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Ankita Gairola is an R&D Engineer at NextGeekers. She grew up flirting with available technologies and happens to be a dynamic writer with flair of explaining complex technologies with ease to readers from all walks of life. A software and gadget geek, Gairola spends a major part of each day outscoring latest technologies, trying new software and reading books. She learned the ropes to effective writing in her very early days and has penned over 6000 articles for different press and media sources.