There are only a handful of smartphone manufacturers who have seen as much success as Motorola has seen in the smartphone market. Right from being almost extinct from the smartphone market to becoming one of the behemoths of the smartphone world, Motorola, has seen it all. Recently, Motorola launched its “Moto G4 Plus” smartphone. The Motorola Moto G4 Plus offers better camera compared to Moto G4 and aims to fill out the few shortcomings of the Motorola G4 smartphones. So, let’s dive right in the review to see what this phone offers.
Like all other Moto smartphones, this phone too carries the distinct Moto look, thus making it stand out from the crowd. The phone is relatively large as its dimensions are 6.02 x 3.02 x 0.39 inches but doesn’t weigh that much (i.e. 155g) due to its uniform weight distribution. The phone features a metal frame that is rounded at its edges and sports a back cover made using rubber, thus making the phone have a fine ergonomic grip. The display is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that makes it scratch resistant. The 5.5 inches full-HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 16M colors display provided in the phone provides a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels that roughly translates to 401 pixels-per-inch pixel density. The display is commendable as it produces catchy and lively colours. The black levels of the display is also great and so is the sunlight legibility and viewing angles. Overall, we had no problem with the display of the smartphone.
The phone is powered by an Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.2 GHz Cortex-A53) processor which is backed by a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617. The advanced processor provided in the smartphone makes sure that the performance remains snappier with zero lag. However, we observe that the phone get warm while using heavy applications, but it’s nothing to worry about. The smartphone comes in two different models i.e. 16 GB with 2 of GB RAM and 32GB with 3GB of RAM, which could be expanded up to 256GB using the microSD card slot provided in the phone. The phone features Android OS, version 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) with planned upgrade to version 7.0 (Nougat). The clutter free is also one of the reason that the phone doesn’t lag. The phone offers dual-SIM functionality and supports 4G/LTE networks connectivity.
Now talking about one of the most touted feature of the smartphone i.e. the 16MP rear shooter camera with f/2.0 aperture and Phase Detection Autofocus. The primary camera also features laser autofocus that immediately locks on the target picture. The image quality has significantly improved from the Motorola Moto G4, as the images snapped in broad daylight are full of details and colours. However, the low light photography disappoints a little, as noise seems to creep in even after the use of dual-LED (dual tone) flashlight. The 5MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture and auto-HDR captures some interesting selfies that are full of details. HD video recording in done at frames like 1080p@30fps, HDR. Talking about multimedia, the phone features a loudspeaker, 3.5mm audio jack with active noise cancellation and dedicated mic. The phone also features MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player, MP4/H.264 player, Photo/video editor and Document viewer.
The 3000 mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery provided in the phone works well and can work for one and half day with moderate to heavy usage. The phone also supports TurboPower or fast charging. Talking about the sensors present in the smartphone, the phone boasts a host of sensors like TurboPower or fast charging for quickly topping up the battery. The fingerprint sensors work great and ensure an immediate response. The smartphone also hosts a range of connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.1 with A2DP and LE, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, FM Radio and microUSB version 2.0.