Lenovo has launched its Moto G4 Play as a more affordable and basic variant to its G4 and G4 Plus in its G series.
While the smartphone is already available in some countries across the globe, a few others are expected to welcome this handset in the near future. The handset will be available through both online channels and offline retailers. Released along with a couple of other high specs featuring devices, the G4 Play is a far cry better than quite a few other gadgets of its price range. This can be a compelling reason why you may want to seriously consider this G series Android smartphone if you are holding on tight to the strings of your purse.
Dimensions, Weight, Body Material and Design
The Moto G Play houses an all plastic or polycarbonate body with a hump around the rear camera. With curved corners of 8.95 to 9.9 mm and a size of 144.4 x 72 mm, the fourth generation handset is both slimmer and lighter with a weight of 137g. This makes it less bulky than he two other devices in its generation and all those in the previous generation. Added to this, the gadget has a nano coating all around it that makes it water resistant to prevent damage on accidental contact with water. There is also provision for inserting two micro SIM cards and a memory card.
Screen Display and Pixel Resolution and Density
The G4 Play without any doubt has one of the best screens for its specifications. The smartphone has a 5-inch HD screen making use of an IPS LCD display panel. The Play handset comes with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 294ppi. For a compact size screen, the pixel resolution and density values are pretty decent and present images and text with really good clarity and crispness. Moreover, the wide viewing angles create a better experience for reading, browsing, gaming and watching movies.
Primary Rear and Secondary Front Cameras
The manufacturer has definitely done a good job with the snappers for its budget smartphone. The primary camera at the back is an 8MP shooter with LED flash. This autofocus snapper can record full HD 1080p and 720p videos at 30 fps. Drag to focus and exposure, auto HDR and tap anywhere to capture are some key highlights of this camera. As for the front snapper, this is not bad either with a 5MP value and a display flash. Video calls and selfies yield satisfactory results as well.
Under the Hood Setup
For its price, the Moto G4 Play renders some really good specifications. The handset comes in two variants, with the only difference being in the RAM and the storage offered. Irrespective of the option you choose, the device makes use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, a 1.2GHz quad core Cortex A53 processor and an Adreno 306 graphics processor. If you decide to opt for a 1GB handset, then you can avail 8GB inbuilt storage. The other option is a 2GB device with 16GB onboard storage. Either way, you can maximize the storage offered by an additional 256GB using a memory card.
However, the icing on the cake is the operating system used. The handset comes with the very recent Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pre-loaded out of the box. In other words, you do not have to wait for an upgrade to this version to be made available for your device.
Battery and Battery Life, Color Choices
Although not a very powerful battery, for a screen size of 5 inches, the G4 Play has a just enough powerful Li-Po 2,800 mAh battery. On full charge, the device can be used without interruption for a full day. The attention grabbing feature is the ability of the gadget to support quick charging functionality. This can be quite helpful when you are on the move.
No metallic colors are available at the moment. You can either opt for a black smartphone or a white one.
With respect to connectivity options, the Moto G4 Play provides various methods. Almost all standard choices such as Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, hotspot and direct), micro-USB, Bluetooth 4.1, GPRS/EDGE and A-GPS are accepted. The handset works well on 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.