The fourth generation of Motorola’s Moto G family has been in the works for some time now.
Coming just a year after the popular Moto X Play was released, Moto G4 Plus promises powerful hardware, increased performance and a range of impressive features. The Moto G4 Plus was announced on the 17th of May, along with its lower-priced companion, the Moto G4.
The Moto G family has given Motorola unprecedented success in the Smartphone market, thanks to great features at a low price; the Moto G4 seems to have carried on with that legacy.
The G4 and G4 Plus were first launched in India where they will be sold exclusively on Amazon. The phone will be available in other markets including the US, Canada, Australia and the UK later in the year.
Here is what we know about the G4 Plus.
The fingerprint scanner is easily the biggest piece of news to come from Motorola’s announcement - for the first time, Motorola has equipped its phone with a fingerprint scanner.
The fingerprint reader makes it easy to unlock your phone; no need to type in a long passcode or draw a pattern every time you unlock the phone.
A Powerful Laser Camera
Motorola has upped its game in the camera arena, equipping the G4 plus with powerful back and front cameras. The back camera has been upgraded to 16MP, from G3’s 13MP. But what has got us excited is the new laser-enabled autofocus.
Autofocus can be vital in final picture quality, even more important than the number of megapixels - despite what marketers would like you to believe. Most Smartphones use a contrasting technique for autofocus, but the problem with that is that it performs poorly in low-light situations. The best auto-focusing technology is laser-based.
With Moto G4 Plus’ laser-based autofocus, you will be able to take photos much more quickly, in higher clarity and with better low-light performance.
The front camera is 5MP with a wide-angle aperture for better selfies. The front camera has remained pretty much the same throughout the Moto G family.
2GB/3GB Ram and 16GB/32GB Internal Memory
There are two Moto G4 Plus variations; one with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory and the other with 3GB Ram and 32GB internal memory. As would be expected the 3GB/32GB variant is more expensive though not by much.
The internal memory can be expanded to a maximum of 128 GB using an SD Card.
Lightweight Operating System
Most phones running Google’s Android tend to customise the OS extensively to create a unique feel. Though this might be a good thing, it tends to slow down performance. Motorola leaves Android mostly untouched, leaving it clutter-free and fast.
Combined with the octa-core processor, you can expect the same speeds as those of most high-end Smartphones.
Superfast charging is a feature many Smartphones are incorporating today. Motorola has not been left behind. Its TurboPower charging can power the G4 Plus for 6 hours in just 15 minutes - which comes in handy if you need to go somewhere only to find out your phone is running low on power.
However, one thing to note is that the G4 Plus can get quite hot when turbo charging. Though this will not cause any harm to you or the phone, be sure to leave it on a hard surface such as a table.
Free Google Photos Storage
Another perk for G4 Plus buyers; 2 years worth of free storage with Google Photos. What is even better is that you can store your photos in their original quality, without any resolution downsizing, as is often the case with Google Photos.
The Motorola Moto G4 Plus packs a big punch for a low price. In India, it sells at 13,499 Rupees ($200) for the 2GB/16GB variation and 14,999 ($223) for the 3GB/32GB variant.
When the phone launches globally, the price might go as high as $280 - though carriers may offer subsidised offers.
• Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
• 5.5-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
• 4G network capability.
• Water repellant.
• Micro-USB and 3.5mm headphone jack connectivity.
• Sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, fingerprint reader and ambient light.
Motorola hasn't exactly had the best-of-times in recent years. But after its sale to Lenovo in 2014, things seem to be picking up. With the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, the company is hoping to expand its footprint in developing countries while also making a broader entry into established Smartphone markets such as in the US, Canada and the UK.