Meet the Moto G4 Series of Smartphones

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Lenovo has officially unveiled the next smartphones branded by Motorola (or Moto) called the Moto G4. There are three smartphones in this lineup, with one simply called the G4, another named the G4 Plus, and a less-powerful variant called the G4 Play. All of these handsets will be available this summer around the world, so stay tuned for an official release date and price.

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Starting with the Moto G4, this handset is the true Moto G fourth-generation. It shares a similar build quality to the third-gen G and has similar but improved specs. Here’s a full list of those specifications:

  • 5.5-inch 1920×1080 full HD display w/ 401 ppi
  • 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 process w/ Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13MP rear camera w/ ƒ/2.0 aperture, Color balancing dual LED flash, Professional Mode, Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap (anywhere) to capture, 4X digital zoom, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Drag to focus & exposure, Video Stabilization, 1080p HD video (30 fps), Slow Motion video
  • 5 MP front camera w/ ƒ/2.2 aperture, Wide-Angle lens, Display flash
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 16 or 32GB expandable storage via microSD card by up to 128GB
  • 3000mAh battery (lasts up to two days) with Turbo Charge for 6 hours of use with 15 minutes of charge
  • Water repellent coating

With these internals, a similar price point to the Moto G 3 is probably in line. It would make sense after all.

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Up next is the Moto G4 Plus, and this handset features some of the same specs as the G4. Here’s a rundown:

  • 5.5-inch 1920×1080 full HD display w/ 401 ppi
  • 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 process w/ Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2GB or 4GB of RAM
  • 16 MP rear camera w/ Laser auto-focus, Phase detect auto-focus (PDAF), ƒ/2.0 aperture, Color balancing dual LED flash, Professional Mode, Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap (anywhere) to capture, 4X digital zoom, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Drag to focus & exposure, Video Stabilization, 1080p HD video (30 fps), Slow Motion video
  • 5 MP front camera w/ ƒ/2.2 aperture, Wide-Angle lens, Display flash
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 16, 32, or 64GB of expandable storage via microSD card by up to 128GB
  • 3000mAh battery (lasts up to two days) with Turbo Charge for 6 hours of use with 15 minutes of charge
  • Water repellent coating
  • Fingerprint sensor on front

The G4 Plus is different than the G4 in ways that it justifies it’s name properly, however these handsets are nonetheless very similar and it really comes down to whether you want a fingerprint sensor and better camera.

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Last but not least is the Moto G4 Play. This handset actually wasn’t unveiled until a few hours after the G4 and G4 Plus were for some reason, however that doesn’t make it any less special. Here’s what you can find stuffed inside this guy:

  • 5.0-inch 1280×720 HD display w/ 294 ppi
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor w/ Adreno 306 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8 MP rear camera w/ ƒ/2.2 aperture, LED flash, Tap (anywhere) to capture, 4X digital zoom, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Drag to focus & exposure, 1080p HD video (30 fps)
  • 5 MP front camera w/ ƒ/2.2 aperture, Display flash
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 16GB of expandable storage via microSD card by up to 128GB
  • 2800mAh battery
  • Water repellent coating

As you can see, the G4 Play is much lower powered when compared to the regular G4. And since it has such similar specs, the G4 Play is looking more and more like a third-gen Moto E just rebranded. Last month, benchmarks of a possible 2016 Moto E were published to the internet which almost exactly match the specs of the G4 Play. Until more rumors about a third-gen Moto E come out, I’m gonna say that the G4 Play is the 2016 variant of Motorola’s cheapest handset now with a new name. Plus, on Moto’s website, they say that the G4 will be ultra affordable. Just sayin’…

Note: Previous rumors suggested that the G4 or G4 Plus might have NFC capabilities. This has been proven not to be true as Motorola has confirmed it exclusively to MBEDDED.

The Moto G4 Plus will be available for purchase as early as tonight exclusively from Amazon India for Rs. 13499 (~$200) for the 2GB/16GB version and Rs. 14499 (~$225) for the 3GB/32GB model. The G4 and G4 Play still have yet to get official pricing, however they’re release dates will be some time this summer.

Wanna learn more about Motorola’s new G lineup? Click here.

Here’s Motorola’s official press release for their latest G handsets:

Meet the new Moto G Family: Whichever you choose, you get more of what matters most.

When it comes to smartphones, sometimes we feel let down. The things that matter most — like taking great photos at our kids’ soccer games, video chatting with mom or having all-day battery life — simply don’t live up to our expectations.

It shouldn’t be this way. Smartphones should focus on technology that prioritizes the things people really care about.
That’s how we designed the next generation of our best-selling smartphone, Moto G. And because we know people are unique and use their phones differently, we added two new members to the family: Moto G Plus and Moto G Play. Each of them has meaningful technology, so you never have to miss what matters most to you.
Want to learn more about the new Moto G family? Take a behind-the-scenes look at The Moto G Exhibit from our event in São Paulo, Brazil.

The thinner fourth-generation Moto G has a vivid 5.5” full HD display and a 13MP camera for crystal-clear, share-worthy pics. Its 3000 mAh battery and blazing-fast octacore processor will get you through afternoon video calls with family and into the evening out with friends.1 And when you finally need a battery boost, TurboPowerTM gives you six hours of power in just 15 minutes.2
You can also design your Moto G to match your style on Moto Maker or by switching up colors with interchangeable shells. All for an exceptional price.
Moto G Plus has all the features of Moto G, along with some new features designed for those who need even more from their phone. The first is an impressive camera. There’s nothing worse than missing a moment. Now you won’t. The 16MP camera on Moto G Plus has two additional rapid focus technologies, laser focus and phase detect autofocus so you always nab sharp, clear pictures, day and night. DxOMark, the trusted industry standard for camera and lens image quality ratings, has rated the Moto G Plus photo quality among the top smartphone cameras, ahead of iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and other phones that are more than twice its price.3
Tired of fumbling with your phone to switch it on and sign in? With a fingerprint reader typically found in more expensive devices, a touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone. You can even use it to authorize purchases on the Google Play StoreTM.
Moto G Play gives you more of what you love, like fast, reliable performance of a quadcore processor. It’s designed to last a full day, thanks to its 2800 mAh battery. And it boosts performance by running a pure, clutter-free version of AndroidTM. The best part? You only have to spend a little for a phone you’ll love a lot.
Global Availability
Moto G and Moto G Plus
Moto G and Moto G Plus will be available starting today in Brazil and Moto G Plus will be available starting today in India. Both versions will arrive soon in various countries across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Check your local websites for details and pricing.
Moto G Play
Moto G Play will be available globally starting later this summer. Stay tuned for specific availability and pricing information.
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1All battery life claims are approximate and based on an average user profile that includes both usage and standby. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, voice, data, and other application usage patterns.
2Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. All battery life claims are approximate and based on an average mixed use profile that includes both usage and standby time on a 4G LTE network. Out-of-box settings are applied to the mixed use profile to project battery performance. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.
3The comparison focuses on the “Photo” ratings only, not overall or video ratings. DxOMark Mobile is the trusted industry standard for independent image quality measurements and ratings of mobile device camera. Test results are available on www.dxomark.com and in the press. Information other than DxOMark Mobile scores is provided independently by MOTOROLA.

Source: Motorola via Engadget and 9to5Google




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