The Moto G series has been undoubtedly one of the most successful Motorola smartphones ever. To ensure more of this success keeps coming, the current owner of Motorola – Lenovo – has refreshed this series with a fourth generation series dubbed the Moto G4.
The company has announced three devices in this new series – the base model Moto G4 Play, the mid-range Moto G4 and the top-end Moto G4 Plus. So, how do these three phones compare and contrast?
Design and display
At first sight, you will notice a difference in the size of these three phones. While the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus have the same height of 153mm, the Moto G4 Play comes in with 144.4mm, however, the latter is slightly thicker than the other two. The smaller G4 Play happens to be the lower end model, meaning it also less costly than the rest of the pack.
This difference in pricing can also be seen in the design aspect of the three devices. Of course, the trio comes with a plastic chassis, but the mid-range and top-end models add a more premium feel thanks to the metal and water resistance feature. As for the G4 Play, you will notice the basic rubber finish that has dominated its predecessors. You can further play around with the colors, shells and accents of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus thanks to the two being part of the Moto Maker customization tool.
When it comes down to the display, you will still get better quality with the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. This is true because both phones pack a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with 1080p resolution and 401ppi pixel density. As for the Moto G4 Play, you get a slightly smaller 5-inch IPS LCD panel with 720p resolution and 294ppi pixel density, which means it retains last year’s specs.
Performance and camera specs
Just like the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are outdoing the Moto G4 Play when it comes to design and display quality, the case is the same when it comes to performance specs. The base model G4 Play comes with a Snapdragon 410 SoC that features 4 cores clocked at 1.2GHz, an Adreno 306 graphics unit and RAM options of 1GB and 2GB. As for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, you get an 8-core Snapdragon 617 SoC clocked at a speed of 1.5GHz and is supported by an Adreno 405 GPU.
Where the standard Moto G4 only gets a RAM option of 2GB, the Moto G4 Plus adds other two RAM options of 3GB and 4GB. It gets even better for the G4 Plus as it adds a fingerprint scanner, something none of the other two models has. On the brighter side, both units come preinstalled with almost stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow – something that should up the performance of the three phones when compared to other heavily skinned rivals.
As for the cameras, the standout model is the top-end Moto G4 Plus, on paper at least. The phone has a rear snapper of 16MP with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and auto-HDR while the front has 5MP with a f/2.2 aperture as well as auto HDR. You will struggle to find similar camera specs in this price range.
As for the standard Moto G4, you get a 13MP rear snapper with f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, auto HDR and phase detection. The front panel has the same selfie camera as the G4 Plus. However, the low-end Moto G4 Play lags behind with a rear snapper of 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, manual HDR and an LED flash whereas the front panel has a 5MP snapper with f/2.2 aperture.
Battery life, storage, and price
On paper, the three phones have seen huge improvements when compared to previous Moto G models. The larger Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus have a 3000mAh battery unit that is supported by TurboPower Charging technology, which is simply Motorola’s version of Quick Charge technology. As for the Moto G4 Play, you get a 2800mAh unit, which is a huge improvement from last year’s 2070mAh capacity.
As for the storage options, you get 16GB and 32GB variants for the Moto G4 whereas the Moto G4 Play offers 8GB and 16GB options. On the other hand, Moto G4 Plus has three variants of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The more storage size you get, the more RAM you get.
U.S. pricing details are not yet clear, but we have details on pricing in the UK. The standard Moto G4 is priced at £169 while the Moto G4 Plus starts at £199. As for the Moto G4 Play, the prices have yet to be confirmed, but it should happen very soon.