The Moto G4 was recently announced but it has yet to be availed for purchase. However, the Moto G4 Plus, which was announced alongside the G4, is available for sale.
The Moto G series debuted in 2013 and since then, it has grown to be synonymous with the budget buyers. The Moto G4 continues this trend by coming in with an affordable price tag that puts it in the sub-$300 category, a category that is already dominated by the likes of Huawei Honor 5X, OnePlus X, Oppo F1 and the 2014 LG flagship, LG G3.
Apparently, the Moto G4 will come in with almost the same specs as the Moto G4 Plus. This means that we’ll be seeing a 5.5-inch Full HD screen with a resolution of 1080p and a pixel density of 401ppi. Under the hood, the phone will pack a mid-tier 8-core Snapdragon 617 SoC that is backed by a RAM of 2GB. Unlike the Moto G3, this year’s version will come with variants of 16GB and 32GB onboard storage as well as a massive battery unit of 3000mAh. As for the camera, you get a 13MP rear snapper and 5MP selfie camera.
This is an interesting spec combination, but is it enough to beat competition from the likes of Honor 5X, OnePlus X, Oppo F1 and the LG G3? Let’s find out more.
Huawei Honor 5X
On paper, there are very slight differences between the Moto G4 and the Huawei Honor 5X. The latter device has a Snapdragon 616 SoC that is supported by a RAM of 3GB. The display size is similar to the G4 and offers the same resolution of 1080p. It gets even better as far as the camera and battery units are concerned, with the Honor 5X featuring a 13MP rear snapper, 5MP front-facing camera, and a 3000mAh battery unit.
However, you only get one storage option of 16GB, but it can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. You will also have to pay more for the Honor 5X, but it still very affordable at its price tag of $274.
Priced at about $290, it means the OnePlus X is slightly costlier than the Moto G4. But for this extra dollars, you will be getting a classy metal and glass design that resembles the iPhone. This device looks more expensive than it actually is and if it’s the kind of thing you are after, you won’t be disappointed. However, if size is your thing, you might want to rethink the decision with this phone for it comes with a 5-inch 1080p panel.
In addition, you will be more satisfied with what the OnePlus X has to offer in terms of processing power and camera. The phone has a Snapdragon 801 SoC on board and a RAM of 3GB to support it. As for the camera specs, you get 13MP on the rear and 8MP for selfies. However, the battery unit is smaller at 2525mAh. Unlike the Moto G4, you only get 16GB of onboard storage, but it is expandable via a microSD card of up to 128GB.
Oppo F1 was released this January and with it comes an amazing set of features at a very affordable price. Despite having a smaller form factor, the phone has equally powerful specs as the Moto G4, or perhaps even better.
The phone has a screen size of 5 inches with 720p resolution, which means it has a lower quality display panel as compared to the G4. However, the differences inside are subtle with the Oppo F1 featuring a Snapdragon 616 SoC as compared to the 617 SoC used on the Moto G4. Furthermore, the phone also comes with a better RAM of 3GB and has the same rear snapper of 13MP, however, it has a better selfie camera of 8MP, similar to the OnePlus X and onboard storage of 16GB, which is expandable.
The Oppo F1 also comes with a smaller battery capacity of 2500mAh and is priced at about $266.
The LG G3 is 2014 LG smartphone flagship. As a result, the phone comes with flagship specs, even though it is slightly older than the rest of the pack. As it seems, there is some real truth in the statement that “age is just a number,” especially when comparing the LG G3 with a bunch of current phones available at the same price.
Apparently, the phone costs about $260 and for this, you will be getting a Snapdragon 801-powered smartphone that also packs a RAM of 3GB and a QHD display unit of 5.5 inches. On the back of the phone is a 13MP snapper that is better than what the rest of the pack has to offer. On the front panel, there is a poor 2.1MP sensor, which is outshone by all of the above models, at least on paper. As for the storage options, you will only have 16GB, but there is room to expand via a microSD card of up to 128GB.
To keep the phone powered is a 3000mAh removable battery, which should be a plus for those who are always on the go.
So, which phone will it be?