With the release of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 in the fall of March 2016, Xiaomi had taken over the mid-budget range market by storm. The features that it provided at such a price point made it an undisputed King. But soon after with the recent release of Lenovo ZUK Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 – 2016 Version, Samsung and Lenovo made a great comeback. Giving the customers a good range of choices and preferences to be made. The mid-budget range competition was intensifying a little bit when recently the Moto G4 Plus was launched. The Phone has shook the market by it’s appealing looks and catchy yet great specifications. With its aggressive pricing and high-end specs especially the camera, Moto G Plus 4th Gen has what it takes to make a Best Selling Smartphone.Undoubtedly it is the Best Mid-Range Smartphone Under 15000.
Moto G4 Plus Review : Price, Specification and Unique Features
So, this is our review of the Moto G4 Plus. The Moto G4 Plus comes with a 5.5 inch 1080p display, gorilla Glass protection, Snapdragon 617 chip-set and you can get it with either 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage or 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Prices start at Rs. 13,499 for the 2 GB variant and goes up to 14,999 for the 3 GB variant. The device is only available on Amazon.in.
Design and Build Of the New Moto G4 Plus
The device build is quite great. On the right you have the power button and the volume rocker which offers a good feedback. You’ll find the audio jack at the top and also the classic modular design of the back is now flat. So the phone does feel good to hold. At the bottom you’ll find a space to open the back and the micro-USB port. You can also find a 16 megapixel camera with laser auto-focus, phase detection and LED flash Light at the back. The camera hump is not that big.
The back has a very subtle texture which does make the phone easier to grip. The background might feel a bit flimsy but it is very solid. The phone has a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. The Moto G4 Plus is a true Dual SIM Phone with two micro SIM slots and a separate micro-SD card slot. The phone supports Turbo charging.
What is Special in Moto G4 ?
In the front you a five megapixel camera and the speakerphone of the device which actually sounds quite well. At the bottom you have the fingerprint sensor and it is just a sensor not a home button. The display has wide viewing angles, it is plainly sharp with a 5.5 inch 1080p IPS panel. The colors also seem quite alright with no distortion and brightness issues.
The Moto G Plus 4th Gen runs on the latest build of android 6.0 .1 marshmallow with a very few Moto additions, just the essential apps and that’s just what gives you a very clean android experience. This enables the device to get faster updates.
Moto G4 Plus is powered by the snapdragon 617 processor which is actually an Octa Core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The Adreno 405 GPU clocked at 550 MHz makes gaming an awesome experience. Moto G4 Plus is available in black as well as white color. The black color is more preferable as you won’t see dirt on it that easily and because of that textured back the white color would get dirty pretty quickly. Moto G4 Plus is a very promising device.
What comes in the Box?
The package comes with earphones and a turbocharger but no USB Cable, so you need a separate USB cable if you want to transfer data between your phone and PC. The weight remains the same 155 g. The phone is noticeably taller and wider because of the fact that it now houses a 5.5 inch full HD IPS LCD display. Out of the box you get about 25 GB of storage Usable and OTG is also supported here. Out of the 3 GB of RAM available on the device you will have about 2 GB free. As expected the battery is not user replaceable. The changes here are surely for the better.
For a 5.5 inch device Moto G4 Plus feels really light. The Turbo charger that we have seen with the Motorola devices is include. The WiFi supports both the 2.4 GHz as well as the 5 GHz frequency. According to Motorola we can have up to 5 different fingerprints on the Moto G4 Plus. There are two memory options, 32 GB variant that comes with 3 GB of RAM and the 16 GB that comes with 2 GB of RAM. So there are actually two different variants of this device. The camera can also scan QR codes, has tap to focus, face detection auto-focus and we can also adjust the exposure. Moto G4 Plus performs very well even in completely artificial lighting conditions.
Specifications of Moto G4 Plus
|PRICE||Rs. 13,499 for 2 GB/16 GB, Rs. 14,999 for 3 GB/32 GB @ Amazon|
|OS||Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow with Motorola mobile computing system|
|CPU||1.5 GHz MSM8952 Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 617 octa-core processor, 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU|
|SCREEN||13.97 centimeters (5.5-inch) full HD display|
|DISPLAY||1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 401 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|SIM||dual micro-SIM dual-standby (4G+3G)|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera: 16 MP Laser Focus, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No, Display Flash|
|STORAGE||Internal: 16 GB | Expandable: Micro SD (Up to 128 GB)|
|BATTERY||non – removable Li-Po 3000 mAh with TurboPower charging|
|BODY||Weight: 154 grams, Thickness: 15.3 x 0.8 x 7.7 cm|
|OTHERS||Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Sensor hub, IP67-rated, Supports OTG, Finger print reader, WiFi Dual Band (2.4 and 5 GHz)|
Camera – USP of The Moto G Plus 4th Gen
The highlight of the Moto G Plus 4th Gen has to be the camera. You get laser focus with face detection auto-focus and a 16 megapixel sensor with an F2.0 aperture lens that makes it extremely good for low-light performance as well as outdoor use. It is absolutely brilliant. You get excellent contrast and images and really sharp focusing. The Moto G4 Plus comes with a professional mode which lets you set your focus points, your white balance, the shutter speed and your exposure value compensation before you capture the image.This measure would have come in really handy for capturing video but that is not the case with the Moto G4 Plus as this capability is only restricted to capturing images.
The front Camera is also pretty good. You get really high quality video as well as images. You get full color and saturation and all of the contrast are also brilliant. The camera truly shines on the Moto G4 Plus with super fast focusing capability and despite having a higher aperture when compared to device like the Samsung Galaxy J-7, you get a really good outdoor performance as well as low-light performance from the camera.
Considering its price point at around 15,000 for the 3 GB variant, the camera performance was the best.
Some Facts about the G4 Plus
1. The loudspeaker on Moto G4 Plus is a single mono speaker and it is adequately loud because it is a front firing speaker.
2. The cellular call quality on this device works fine and the quality is actually really good but the earpiece could have been slightly better. The cellular connectivity and cellular call quality is also very good.
3. Motorola has really improved the screen quality on this Moto G4 Plus compared to the earlier models for example the Moto G turbo or even the Moto G 3. It does not have that yellowish tinge. The screen is also easily visible in direct sunlight.
4. The gaming performance with snapdragon 617 chip-set was good and has no issues but with extended gaming the handset tends to get a bit hot – 45.5°C at max with about 12 minutes of gaming.
5. The general performance of this device is really good and there are no noticeable lags. It is a pretty snappy device and you can also format the micro-SD card and use it like an internal storage.
6. The battery life is above average level and it’s nothing extraordinary. The Turbo charger after 15 minutes approximately charges 50% of the battery.
7. It has a 10 point multi-touch.
8. The Moto G4 Plus does not do a fantastic job of scoring benchmarks ranging between 45,000 to 50,001 and despite a somewhat low scoring terms of benchmarks, the overall performance from the Moto G4 Plus is quite impressive.
Deal Breakers about Moto G4 Plus
1. Display : The color rendering of Display is also quite good but the viewing angles are just okay not as good as super Amoled.
2. Fingerprint Sensor : The Moto G Plus 4th Gen also houses the fingerprint sensor below the main screen. Now this is an awkward place to put in the sensor because one would constantly think of it as a home button but it does not work like that as it only works as a fingerprint scanner to unlock the device. It works from any direction and it’s quite snappy in terms of response.
4. Sensors : The Moto G4 Plus is missing in magnetic field sensor but you do get an ambient light sensor and a gyroscope. NFC support is also not there.
The 32 GB variant comes with 3 GB of ram and is priced at Rs. 14,999. There’s also a 16 GB variant with 2 GB of RAM and the price is 13,499. So for only Rs. 1500 more you are bidding on much better device. Definitely get the bigger brother. Athough it’s now a Lenovo product you will still get the look and feel of Motorola Moto phones.
Android marshmallow enables you to use micro SD card as internal storage, so there will be no storage problem on this Moto G Plus 4th Gen.
There are some Moto Gestures like if you make a double karate chop motion you can turn on the torch and do the same to switch it off. You can also twist your wrist twice and the camera goes on, so this is the fastest way to launch the camera and when you twist again you can switch the cameras that is you get the front camera. There is basically no shutter lag. It’s a very lightweight phone at only 155 g and the overall performance seems quite descent.
BestUnder.in Final Verdict :
The Moto G4 plus is 7.9 mm in terms of thickness at its thinnest and about 9.8 mm around the camera. The Moto G Plus 4th Gen is still extremely well built and you feel that the phone is really robust. The 5.5 inch 1080p display with 401 pixels per inch is extremely reflective and anti-glare. The colors are quite accurate and screen is also extremely responsive. You will have no issues browsing through menus and the operating system of the device. The company promises that the phone will get an update to android N soon after its official release. Games run really well on high-end graphics and animations with good quality feedback from the device. You will also find yourself jumping from application to application with no lags whatsoever in terms of performance.
The QUALCOMM snapdragon 617 is highly stable and does not heat up. The Moto G4 Plus takes a micro-SD card up to 128 GB. You can carry your music and videos easily without any problems. Overall the Moto G4 Plus is a fantastic upgrade from last year’s Moto G 3 or even the Moto G Turbo. You are getting a really good build quality along with the performance and excellent cameras. The Moto G4 will also be launched later on without the finger print sensor and with camera at only 13 megapixel for the rear and without auto-focus possibly for a lower price of 9,999. This is only speculation as the company has only announced it and not launched.
For the price of 14,999 the Moto G4 Plus definitely trumps competition like the Samsung Galaxy J-7 and J5. Both of which were launched earlier this month. You’ll also be able to swap out the back panel for a collection of your choice later this month. With many options for handsets already available in the market the Moto G4 Plus will only make your decision slightly more difficult. If you’re looking for a stock android performance then Moto G4 Plus definitely is one to consider.