The 2016 saw the launch of Moto G model in two version, the original and the Plus. Lenovo decided to step up the game by making the Moto G as big and as powerful as it could as a budget-level handset, targeting emerging markets and price-savvy consumers in the matured ones.

PROS:

  • Stunning cost for value
  • Seamless fingerprint
  • Clean Android experience

CONS:

  • No NFC
  • Wasted front-end area without buttons

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Physically, the Moto G4 Plus doesn’t bear any difference from its smaller brother. The dimension and weight is exactly the same. But to refer notable distinctions, it’s $50 pricier with bumped up camera resolution and fingerprint scanner below the screen.

Both version are slim, with its textured plastic back case featuring glass-covered camera lens with metal on its brink. At the time we palpate the texture, it somehow feels slippery. We personally prefer it bearish instead, just like the previous iterations of the Moto G line.

The screen features 5.5-inch IPS LCD with 1080p resolution. At 401 ppi, the display feels significantly more vibrant and dynamic than the 720p in the Moto G3 (2015) version. There’s Gorilla Glass 3 coating to help protect against scratch and accidental drops. And regarding the fingerprint scanner, do take note not to mistake it as a home button though.

The similarities don’t end there, as both pack identical performance items. There’s 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Although in the G4 Plus case, you can opt for $50 more on Amazon and make significant performance raise to 4GB of RAM and 64 of storage. The GPU has also been upgraded to Adreno 405 instead of 306 in the G3.

The difference is finally visible in the camera department. At the Moto G4 Plus, you’ll find a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, aided by phase detection autofocus (PDAF), laser focus, and rapid focus technology. While it sounds too much exaggerating, the G4 Plus does outperform the 13MP sensor on the original one in terms of shutter speed. Nonetheless both have 5MP front shooter which is basically just the same.

The battery capacity has also seen improvements, with last year 2470 mAh receiving ample increase to 3000 mAh thanks to the larger form factor. But this doesn’t necessarily means that the durability will be outstandingly longer since the 5.5-inch 1080p display consumes more energy, but many users has noted that it can easily last all day. The G4 Plus is also bundled with Turbo Charger to allow you to do full charge in under 85 minutes.

Conclusion: At $249 (2GB/16GB version) and $299 (4GB/64GB) version, the G4 model has increased its status from literally a budget phone to mid-range quality handset offering quite a powerful camera and power unit. It’s responsive, seamless in operating multiple apps and has the capability to rival many flagship models to date.