Moto G4 and G4 Plus launched; G4 Play to follow in June


Motorola just unveiled its newest Moto G lineup which includes Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G4 Play in India on May 17.

The new fourth generation Moto G phones offer various changes from the 2015 G but the most notable is the display. The G4 and G4 Plus have a 1080p 5.5-inch panel, which is an increase from the last phone’s 720p 5-inch offering. Powering Moto G4 and G4 Plus is a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor paired with a random access memory (RAM) of 2 GB for Moto G4 and 2 GB or 4 GB, depending on the user’s choice, for G4 Plus.

While these are the basic specs which Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus share, they are different in the details. The G4 Plus has a fingerprint sensor and a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, “big pixels” and laser and phase detection autofocus. The vanilla G has a 13-megapixel sensor. Both have a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and will be customizable with the company’s Moto Maker service.

Both phones represent adequate updates from the previous generation.

On the other hand, there is the Moto G4 Play which is the least expensive of the three in the lineup. It has a 5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 410 processor and a 2,800 mAh battery, which are similar specs to last year’s Moto G. The G’s waterproofing has been replaced with “splash-proofing,” and the camera has an 8-megapixel sensor.

Motorola Mobility which has been Lenovo-owned since 2014 is also advertising the “dual-SIM with intelligent calling” functionality on both G4 and G4 Plus that allows users to assign contacts to a SIM card, enabling them to switch between two call plans for business and home, for example.

The two Moto G4 phones are exclusively available on Amazon. With regard to the Moto G4 Play, it is set for global launch in June.