Lenovo recently launched Moto G4 Plus simultaneously bringing Moto brand under its umbrella. The plus variant of Moto G fourth generation is the most powerful smartphone of the popular G series. This time around Moto G4 Plus (first impression) puts more weight on specifications apart from the user experience. This year’s Moto G isn’t outsmarted by existing rivals in terms of hardware or features. Ever since its launch, we have been receiving lots of user queries about Lenovo Moto G4 Plus on our social media platforms, therefore we decided to answer all those queries in this post.
Moto G4 and G4 Plus Specifications and Features:
|Model||Moto G4||Moto G4 Plus|
|Display||5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS TFT LCD display with 401ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3||5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS TFT LCD display with 401ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC, Adreno 405 GPU||64-bit class octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC, Adreno 405 GPU|
|Internal Storage||16GB, No MicroSD card support, Expandable up to 128GB||16GB/32GB, MicroSD card support, Expandable up to 128GB|
|Software||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Primary Camera||13 MP sensor, LED Flash, PDAF, F/2.2 aperture lens||16 MP sensor, LED Flash, PDAF, F/2.0 aperture lens|
|Secondary Camera||5MP Front-Facing Camera, F2.0 aperture lens||5MP Front-Facing Camera, F2.0 aperture lens|
|Battery||3000 mAh, Turbocharger||3000 mAh, Turbocharger|
|Others||Dual SIM (Nano + Micro), 4G 64-bit class VoLTE, USB OTG Support||Dual SIM (Nano + Micro), 4G VoLTE, Fingerprint sensor, USB OTG|
|Price||yet to be announced||Rs. 13,499 /14,999|
Design and Display
Question: How is the Lenovo Moto G4 Plus design?
Answer: Personally, I haven’t been an admirer of Moto G design language. However, this time, Lenovo made few visible changes in the Moto G4 Plus design that feel good. The chunky curved back is replaced by flat, yet economical back. On the front, it features mono speakers just above the display alongside the selfie camera. Below the display we found a fingerprint sensor- which looks rather out of place. Since the fingerprint sensor isn’t an actual button and can’t be used a home button it feels very awkward at first. It would have really interesting if Lenovo had decided to embed fingerprint sensor in its motto dimple.
Question: does Plus variant of Moto G forth generation comes with capacitive keys backlit?
Answer: Moto G4 Plus no physical button. Continuing with G series philosophy, the G4 plus variant also comes with on-screen buttons.
Question: How is the display of Moto G4 Plus?
Answer: The Moto G4 Plus offer far better display as compared to its predecessor. It comes with full HD display with 401 ppi pixel density. The color reproduction on the display is also satisfactory. There is no visible tint in the smartphone which is quite pleasing as most smartphone in this budget range tends to lean excessively towards warm or cold tones.
Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does Moto G4 Plus have an option for automatic brightness?
Answer: Outdoor visibility in this smartphone is decent. Yes, it includes automatic brightness option.
Question: Does Moto G4 Plus display have gorilla glass protection?
Answer: Yes, Moto G4 Plus display is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Question: Is Lenovo Moto G4 Plus water resistant?
Answer: At the launch event, Lenovo announced that it comes with splash resistant nano coating but it does not have IPX7 water resistant certification like its predecessor. So yes, you are protected against accidental spillage, to an extent, but don’t carry it along with you in the shower.
Performance and Storage
Question – Does Moto G4 Plus support SD card? Can Apps be moved to SD card in this smartphone?
Answer: Moto G4 Plus does support microSD card. No apps can’t be moved to SD card.
Question: Does it support USB OTG?
Question: How is the day to day performance of Moto G4? How is gaming performance of Moto G4 Plus?
Answer: Our Moto G4 Plus with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM lived up to our expectations. The Snapdragon 617 proved capable enough for day to day usage, and even for heavy gaming. While assessing this phone, we never noticed any memory management issues, frame drops or any sort of lag. Overall our experience with the phone has been smooth so far.
We tried playing Asphalt 8 and Clash of Clans it didn’t disappoint us with the performance but its temperature does shoot up. However, we have to spend some more time with the device before we give out the verdict.
Question: What are benchmark scores of Moto G4 Plus?
Answer: Moto G4 Plus Benchmark Scores
|3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited||9454|
|Vellamo Browser, Metal and Multicore||2714, 1353, 1477|
Question: Does Moto G4 Plus have heating issues?
Answer: In day to day usage, we haven’t faced any heating issues as such. But yes, it heats up with heavy usage. For instance, with 15 minutes of gaming, the temperature shot to 46 degrees, which is quite high. Due to heating, the camera app too starts lagging after a short duration of time.
Question: How much RAM and ROM is free on first boot?
Answer: Out of 32GB, 25.38 GB internal storage is available at user end on Moto G4 Plus. Out of 3GB RAM around 2GB is free on first boot.
Question: Does Lenovo Moto G4 Plus support Google cardboard and other VR gear?
Answer: It does feature Gyroscope sensor so we expect Moto G4 to be compatible with Google Cardboard and other VR headsets.
Question: How is the Moto G4 Plus camera performance?
Answer: Moto G fourth generation Camera truly outshines every other phone in this category. In fact, DxOMark rated Moto G4 camera better than iPhone 6 which was arguably the benchmark for mobile cameras until iPhone 6s. During our tryout we found the camera to perform very well. The color tones were close to natural, highlights were not overexposed, and shadows were also decent. HDR mode too well on to its ground really well. Overall Moto G4 Plus camera is better than Samsung J7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and other rivals in this price range. But if you compare it with flagships like S7, you will be disappointed.
Question: Can Moto G4 Plus dual shoot 4K videos?
Answer: Default camera app on Moto G 4 Plus can only shoot up to 1080p at 30 frames per second and about 17Mbps bit rate.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Moto G4 Plus Dual?
Answer: Yes it can support Slo-mos.
Question: How is the software?
Answer: Like all Moto series smartphone, Moto G4 Plus too runs on the stock version of latest Android i.e. Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. Lenovo has added additional features such as gesture support, migrate and other features through pre-installed apps.
Question: Does Moto G4 Plus support Gestures?
Answer: Yes, it does support Gestures like camera quick launch.
Question: Does Moto G4 Plus have one handed mode?
Answer: No, as single hand operation isn’t available in the stock Android Marshmallow.
Question: What kind of SIM card does Lenovo Moto G4 Plus accept?
Answer: Fourth Generation Moto G Plus variant supports Nano SIM cards in both the slots.
Question: How is the call quality on Moto G4 Plus?
Answer: Moto G4 call quality in our area was at par with industry standards.
Question: Does Moto G4 Plus support VoLTE?
Answer: No, It doesn’t support VoLTE.
Question: Can you record calls on Lenovo Moto G4 Plus?
Answer: No, by can’t record from default calling screen. However, you can certainly download third party app from Google Play store if you wish to record all your communication.
Question: How capacious is the Battery on Moto G4 Plus? Does it support fast charge?
Answer: It comes with a 3000mAh battery which supports fast charging. It does come bundled with a turbo charger which tanks up 6hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging.
Question: What are the sensors present in Moto G4 Plus?
Answer: All important sensors that you might need are present. New Moto G includes Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Fingerprint sensor, Ambient light sensor and Proximity sensor and more.
Question: Is the battery removable on Moto G4 Plus?
Answer: No, battery is non-removable.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Moto G4 Plus?
Answer: Lenovo Moto G4 Plus features a front-facing mono speaker which is loud enough to meet all your day-to-day needs.
Question: Does it feature a fingerprint sensor? Is it fast and accurate?
Answer: Moto G4 Plus fingerprint sensor can be spotted just below the 5.5-inch display. It is a dedicated trackpad like button which is very responsive and accurate. It is capable of 360-degree fingerprint recognition.
Question: Like Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le 1s does Moto G4 also comes with IR blaster?
Answer: No, it doesn’t come with an infrared blaster.
Question: Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 supports NFC which is priced close to Moto G4 Plus. Does Moto G4 support NFC?
Answer: No, it does not support NFC.
Moto G4 Plus camera is certainly its biggest asset. In a bout against all its contemporaries, Moto G4 camera has an upper hand. Overall, the performance of this phone matches what can be expected from a smartphone in this budget range. First round goes to Moto G4 Plus. We will still reserve our final verdict till we have spent some more time with the handset.