Motorola Launched several smartphones last year from the modular Moto Z to the sturdy Moto E3 Power, but the highlight of the year for Motorola was the successor to the Moto G series that is the Moto G4(2016) and the Moto G4 Plus.
Motorola sold quite a large number of Moto G4 and Moto G4 plus handsets all around the world, here is a quick look at both the devices before we move on to the detailed specifications of the 2016 Moto G smartphones.
What’s under the Hood?
Both the devices feature a 5.5 inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Processor with 2GB of ram and 16/32GB Storage options, the main difference between the Moto G4 and the Moto G Plus is that the Plus variant that is the Moto G4+ features a bigger 16-megapixel rear camera while the Moto G 4th gen feature a 13-megapixel rear cam. Another difference between these two devices is that the Moto G Plus have a Fingerprint Reader while the Moto G4 does not have the same. Both devices feature a 3000 mAh battery, while the Moto G Plus supports Turbo Charging.
Now let’s have an in-depth look at the hardware specifications of the smartphones
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|Display||Screen||IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen with 16 million Colors|
|Size||5.5 inches with 71% screen to body ratio.|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixel : Full HD 1080p Display|
|Multitouch||Yes ( up to 10 fingers)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Body||Dimensions||153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm|
|Sim||Dual Sim ( Micro Sim) with Dual Standby|
|LTE Connectivity||Qualcomm X8 LTE|
|LTE Category||LTE Category 7|
|Wi-Fi||Qualcomm VIVE 1-Stream 802.11n/Ac with MU-MIMO|
|Bluetooth||4.1 Low Energy|
|Platform||OS||Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) upgradable to Android 7.0.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 |
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU |
|External||Expandable via micro SD Card up to 256GB|
|RAM||2GB-4GB Depends on model|
|Camera||Primary||13MP on Moto G4 and 16MP on Moto G4 Plus|
|Features||OmniVision OV5693 sensor with f/2.0 Aperture on Moto G4 Plus and f/2.2 on Moto G4|
|Video Recording||2160P @30FPS, 1080P @30FPS|
|Secondary||5MP with f/2.2 aperture |
|Battery||Capacity||Non-removable Li-ion 3000 mAh Battery|
|Charging||Motorola Turbo Charging Aka Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, 15 minutes of charging gives 6 hours of battery usage.|
|Fingerprint Reader||Front Mounted Fingerprint Reader on Moto G4 Plus only.|
|Availability||Announced 2016 May,|
Available- Released 17 May 2016
|Price||Moto G4 Starting at $199, Moto G4 Plus Starting at $249|
Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus: Our Review
The purpose of this short review is that whether the Moto G4 and the Moto G4+ are still worth buying after 6 months of their release, so without wasting any time lets straight get to the review.
Both of the phones feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Processor along with a Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU, both the devices easily handle any tasks thrown at them be it ram hungry social media apps or high-end games such as Asphalt 8, So if the performance is to be considered the devices are still good to go and will give you lag-free performance throughout the day.
Both Moto G 4th gen and Moto G Plus feature a 5.5 inch full HD display with a pixel density of 401ppi, the display is sharp and has good viewing angles. Both the devices come with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, so scratches from coins and keys in your pockets are not at all a problem here, still a tempered glass is recommended for extra safety.
The color reproduction is good and visibility under direct sunlight is pretty decent too. So as far as the display is concerned both the devices will satisfy your entertainment needs, such as watching a movie or playing a game on that 5.5 inches full HD display.
When it comes to camera, clearly Moto G4+ shall be the only suitable option for you if you are a camera junkie or even just like to take few shots here and there for your Instagram page, Moto G 2017 Plus variant feature a bigger 16-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus that will satisfy all your photography needs.
Moto G 4th Generation also has a pretty decent 13-megapixel rear camera and can be the optimal choice if you are just an occasional snapper.
This is the area where both of them shines ahead of the competition, as none of the smartphones from other brands offer turbo charging or the Quick charge 3.0 in this price bracket, Both the devices feature a non-removable 3000 mAh battery which will last you through a day’s usage easily.
But the best part is that you can just plug in the device for 15 minutes of charging and it is enough to last you for around 5-6 hours of light to moderate usage.
Look and Feel
Both the devices are based on that same design concept as that of the previous gen G series smartphones, the design have been tweaked here and there to offer a fresh look and it does so too. The devices feature a plastic build but that is not at all a downside here as the plastic used is of very high quality and feels really premium.
If you are kind of a person who always likes to customize their gadgets, then Moto G 4th Gen and Moto G plus would suit you best as you can customize your device in many ways using the Moto Maker.
The Visible difference between the smartphones, of course, is the fingerprint reader which rests on the front at the bottom in the Plus variant only. Both the devices feel great in hand and well the looks aren’t bad at all either. So if looks are your concern then both of these devices won’t disappoint you.
Both smartphones have tons of positive reviews from the users on the internet, if we are to compare which device is more popular among the two, then clearly Moto G4 Plus edges the Moto G 4th Gen.
Moto G Plus have more positive reviews and overall user ratings than the Moto G 4th Gen and the main reason is the fingerprint reader which is pretty common these days and sadly Moto G 4th gen does not feature a fingerprint reader while Moto G4Plus have a quick and snappy front mounted fingerprint reader. The bigger camera sensor is also an advantage which the Moto G Plus have over the G4.
The Nougat update has made the user experience even smoother, the device is snappier and also offer more battery backup than before.
Overall saying Moto G 2016 and Moto G 2016 Plus gets an A rating when it comes to User reviews.
Lastly Saying, Both Smartphones are pretty decent handsets and still stand strong against the competition even after 6 months of release. The devices offer a complete package and frankly speaking you won’t be getting anything better at this price point. Plus, Motorola has other benefits too such as great after sale services in almost all major countries across the globe. So if you are looking for a mid-ranged smartphone, Moto G4 and Moto G Plus are the best options available in the market right now.
In the United States, the Moto G4 starts at $149.99 while the G Plus starts at $249.99. They are “universally unlocked”, Motorola says, which means they work on both GSM and CDMA-based carriers.
Here is the current pricing for the Moto G4 and Moto G Plus country wise.
|Country||Moto G4||Moto G Plus(4th Gen)|
|India||Starting at ₹ 10,499||Starting at ₹11,499|
|US||Starting at $149||Starting at $249|
|UK||Starting at £158||Starting at £184|
|Germany||Starting at €182||Starting at €235|
Moto G4 aka Moto G 2016 will step up in everything from hardware to software and will release in May 2016 but we are expecting an early release in the 3rd week of May this year. According to the sources, Motorola will release Moto G4 on 17 May 2016.