After a long round of rumors, the eagerly anticipated Lenovo Moto G4 and G4 Plus were just announced at a dedicated event. Being the lucky folks that we are, we have the Moto G4 Plus here at the office for a few quick first impressions.
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus at a glance
Plastic build, removable back cover
5.5-inch FullHD display, 401ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset: quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 405
2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB
16MP primary camera, f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
5MP front-facing camera, auto HDR
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
3,000mAh non-removable battery, Quick Charge supported, Turbo charger included
Indeed, speaking of first impressions, one of the first things you notice when you pick up the Moto G4 Plus is just how light it is. Official numbers say 155g, which is very light for a 5.5-inch device with a 3,000mAh battery.
The back is made of matte plastic with a very fine texture, but it does tend to pick up fingerprints after all. There’s the iconic M bat logo in a slightly recessed circle on the back to remind users of the Motorola legacy even if it says Lenovo on the box now.
The busy cluster above the logo houses the primary camera, the dual-LED flash, and the hardware for the laser focusing tech. It is in line with previous designs, but we’d understand if it’s not to everyone’s liking.
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus at our office
The 5.5-inch display is sharp and has good viewing angles, though brightness is definitely not off the charts and colors are rather conservatively reproduced.
The OS on board is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pretty much in its purest form (it’s basically on par with a Nexus). There’s hardly any custom apps on top of the standard Google suite. It’s really the Moto Display that feeds you notifications while in standby that’s a major addition and it’s a welcome one at that.
The fingerprint sensor works very well and recognizes prints every time, but it’s not up there with the best in terms of speed.
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus user interface
We also went out and snapped a handful of shots with both cameras to get an initial impression. Not the best weather we had at the moment unfortunately, but the phone did produce quite detailed images. We’re less impressed with dynamic range, but the light was admittedly crazy difficult, so be easy on it. The selfie shooter did a very good job too.
We should also point out that we were given a pre-production device, so the results may not be entirely representative of final commercially available units. We’ll be sure to put the Moto G4 Plus through our usual battery of tests once we do get a proper review sample.