With the recent onslaught of Chinese smartphone in the market, the basic definition of budget smartphones have changed. But even before their entry, we knew one particular smartphone lineup that was popular among budget users, namely Motorola’s Moto G series. The phone featured decent specs for a price tag of around $200 which made it an instant hit among buyers.
But things have changed in recent times and Motorola will have to step up their game if they want to maintain their name in the market. And now, this Lenovo owned company is back again to make a mark in the market, with not one, but two new Moto G generation smartphones, namely the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus.
Both the phones have similar looks, feature a textured back and round corners with a pill shaped camera module at the back. These two devices come with a 5.5-inch 1080p display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 and the octa-core Snapdragon 617 chipset inside. You also get a 3000mAh battery on board which reportedly provides up to 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging, thanks to the company’s Turbo charging technology.
Camera is where the similarity ends. The Moto G4 model features a 13MP Sensor with f/2.2 aperture and dual tone LED flash. Up front, there will be an 84-degree wide angle camera. As for the Moto G4 Plus model, you get an upgraded 16MP OV sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.3um sized pixels. To aid the camera, you get PDAF and Laser Autofocus. You also get manual controls on the software side. The front camera remains the same as the G4.
Another major difference between the two models is the presence of a fingerprint sensor on board the Moto G4 Plus. You can clearly see the sensor and the physical home button on the front of the device.
Both the models run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow version out of the box with the company’s Pure UI on top. So, you should get access to some Moto specific features such as Moto Display on both the devices. Other features include 4G LTE support, MicroSD expansion and dual SIM dual standby on 4G / 3G.
As for the pricing, the Moto G4 Plus with 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM will retail for Rs. 13,499 in India ($202) and the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM version will sell for Rs. 14,499 ($217). Both these variants will be sold exclusively via Amazon later today.
At the moment, we haven’t got any details on the pricing of the Moto G4 model, but it is said that the phone will be available next month.
So what are your thoughts on the two new phones from Motorola?