About three weeks ago we reported that Lenovo, which is the current owner of Motorola, has been sending out invites for an event scheduled for today, May 17. It was sort of unexpected since earlier rumors mentioned June 9 as an announcement date for two new Moto G phones, but apparently the company wrapped up the works faster. The manufacturer also had a little surprise for us. At an event in New Delhi, Lenovo unveiled not two but three new smartphones – the Moto G4, G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play.
Motorola’s Moto G3 has three successors as Lenovo announced the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play. The three new phones will arrive in mid-summer with near stock version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.
Moto G4 Plus
The Lenovo’s Moto G4 Plus that popped out in our radar last month is the most high-end of the trio. Powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 chip, the phone sports a large 5.5-inch screen with Full HD resolution which works out to a pixel density of 401 ppi. The phone is also equipped with a pretty impressive 16-megapixel rear camera with laser focus, phase detect auto-focus, dual LED flash, burst mode and 1080p HD video capture with video stabilization. In fact, the camera is said to shoot better photos than the iPhone 6S. There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor for selfies.
The Moto G4 Plus sports a fingerprint scanner and a huge 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower which can pack the phone with up to 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging. Moreover, it will be available in several RAM and memory configurations – to be more precise, you will have a choice between 2GB and 4GB of RAM, and 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of built-in storage, each expandable up to 128GB via microSD slot.
The handset will ship with almost pure version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box and the base model will be available in traditional black and white color options. If you want a variant that matches your personality better, you can customize the phone through the Moto Maker website by choosing from eight different colors of the back and several hues of accents as well as personal engraving.
The standard Moto G4 shares most specs with its more premium companion, though it steps down in a few aspects. For starters, it lacks the fingerprint scanner, so you will have to unlock the phone the old fashioned way. Moreover, instead of a 16-megapixel shooter, it has a 13-megapixel camera with no with laser focus and phase detect auto-focus but there is dual LED flash and a number of shooting and editing options.
The phone offers 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage, both expandable up to 128GB via microSD slot. Other key features, such as the screen, processor, battery and front-facing camera are identical as the Moto G4 Plus. Similar to its more high-end sibling, the Moto G4 will also be customizable through the Moto Maker and will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with almost no modifications.
Moto G4 Play
The Lenovo’s Moto G4 Play is aimed at the least demanding customers. It has a smaller 5-inch display and resolution steps down to 720p HD, which means that pixel density is also lower – 294ppi to be more exact. Powering the handset is a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip and there is 2GB of RAM as well as 16GB of internal memory with microSD support for up to 128GB.
The device has the same 5-megapixel front camera as the other two models, but the main camera is more modest – it has an 8-megapixel sensor and regular LED flash. With a capacity of 2,800 mAh, the battery is pretty decent but it lacks fast charging feature. Like the other Moto G4 versions, the Play model will be released with near stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but unlike the G4 and G4 Plus, it won’t be customizable through the Moto Maker so the only choices are black and white.
Pricing & Availability
The Moto G4 and G4 Plus are available for purchase starting today in Brazil and the Plus model is also on sale in India, while the G4 Play will arrive in a few weeks. US customers, however, will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the phones as they are expected to hit the stores in North America in mid-summer. Pricing is unknown for now, but since the Moto G is a pretty affordable lineup, neither model should be very expensive. The Moto G4 Play could cost less than $150, the G4 may be priced at about $200 and the G4 Plus shouldn’t sell for more than $250. Hopefully we will find out soon whether our prediction are correct.