A new budget model from Motorola finally arrived on the stateside. The Moto G4 Play, heavily advertised by carriers in the US, will be sold for USD149.99 (through Motorola online store) but already been offered with a sweet $60 rebate if you opt to make a purchase with bundled package from Verizon.

As an entry-level 5-inch phone, an HD (1280 x 720p) display with 294 ppi should make everyone satisfied. The round-shaped plastic bodywork is coated with nano-level rugged protection that should do a decent job to protect the phone from water spills and dust. Motorola also added the device with Moto Display, a signature technology that provides real-time information for emails, messages, temperatures and time, even when the display is off.

As for specification breakdown, G4 Play includes 2 GB RAM acquainted with Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow aboard. Motorola however, has announced that the OS will soon get an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat.


There are an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixels for selfies that can capture 30 frames per second at 1080p. Starting at 16 GB internal storage, you can make an expansion up to 128 GB with a microSD card. There oare two option of memory though, one with 8 GB storage and 1 GB RAM, the other with 16/ 2 GB.

Speaking of battery life, a 2800 mAh should make it throughout the day, managing every inch of its screen to last until dinner. Several common features are missing out on this device, notably fingerprint scanner, Gorilla Glass, and Quick Charge technology.

Considering the price tag, it is understandable that Moto G4 Play only aims to fulfill daily user necessities at pretty basic level. But with that RAM size, everything should run a bunch of applications – from notes to movies and intermediate games – seamlessly.

As a budget phone, Motorola has done nice work bringing this device into reality. Everything looks modest, but a smooth experience is guaranteed in every bit of its operation.