Lenovo Moto G4: All the new features

Lenovo Moto G4: All the new features
The new Lenovo Moto G4 is a serious upgrade over the older Moto G (2015) which pushes the Lenovo-owned handset maker's affordable line well into the mid-range smartphone segment. For not much more than what the Moto G typically costs, new buyers and upgraders will be able to enjoy tremendous performance and design benefits over the older device. And standing on its own, the Lenovo Moto G4 seems like a very good alternative to the many high-specs, low-cost devices that overseas manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei have been aggressively attacking the market with. 

With all that in mind, check out five new features the Lenovo Moto G4 has over the Moto G (2015). You won't be disappointed!

1. It's thinner


While the previous-generation Moto G (2015) measured a fluffy 0.48in (12.2mm), the Moto G4 has been put on quite a diet prior to shipping. At 0.31in (7.9mm), the new phone is 0.16in (4.3mm) thinner, which is quite substantial – especially considering it's much more powerful!

2. It's got metal in it


While the Moto G (2015) is a plastic smartphone in and out, the Moto G4 enriches the design formula with the addition of metal accents. And that's not all – there's a micro-textured back which should feel nicer in the palm, along with tapered edges for a more modern vibe. However, the Moto G4 definitely stays true to the series's humble, but functional look and feel.

3. It's got a bigger, crisper display


Whereas the Moto G (2015) came with a 5-inch 720p screen, the Moto G4 ships with a 5.5-inch 1080p resolution display. Not only does the new model provide more screen real estate for your browsing and multimedia needs, but it has a much higher pixel density. It's 293ppi for the Moto G (2015) versus 400ppi for the new model, and the difference accounts for a visible improvement in screen sharpness.

4. It has faster hardware


The Moto G (2015) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 with its quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and Adreno 306 graphics unit. This is a power-efficient, rather than a performance-oriented chipset that did a good job driving the affordable smartphone, but is decidedly lackluster compared to the Snapdragon 617 chip featured in the Moto G4. A modern solution, the 617 comes equipped with an 1.5GHz octa-core CPU and a more powerful Adreno 405 GPU, along with faster 933Mhz LPDDR3 memory (the 410 has LPDDR2/533MHz memory). Speaking of faster memory, the 617 supports eMMC 5.1 storage, while the 410 is limited to eMMC version 4.51.

While both processors are 64-bit and supplemented by 2GB of RAM, there's another important difference besides the number of cores, clock frequencies, and GPUs. Whereas the Snapdragon 410 has a LTE Category 4 modem (up to 50Mbps UL, up to 150Mbps DL), the Snapdragon 617 has a faster X8 LTE modem (up to 300Mbps DL, up to 100Mbps UL). Additionally, there's faster Wi-Fi, thanks to the 802.11n/ac support with MU-MIMO.

Moreover, the Snapdragon 617 is upgraded with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, which helps the Moto G4 charge a little bit faster than the Moto G (2015), which came with Quick Charge 2.0. Alas, we hear the regular Moto G4 won't ship with a turbo charger bundled in the box, which means you won't be able to take advantage of the fast charging system right away.

5. It has a nicer camera


The Moto G (2015) was a very good camera phone for the money, shipping with a 13MP rear cam with an f/2.2 aperture and a dual-LED flash. And at 5MP with an 84-degree wide angle lens, its selfie camera was no slouch, either. For better or worse, it appears Motorola has left this setup untouched, for the Moto G4 ships with the exact same set of parameters. However, there could be major differences in the internal camera processing algorithms and other factors that determine how the camera sensor is utilized. Therefore, we expect the Moto G4 will take even better photos than its predecessor, although the difference probably won't be night and day.

Check out the official images and additional coverage below:



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Moto G4
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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8 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh joy, more phablets. There aren't enough of those already./s

3. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

More options is always good for buyers!

2. debarshisharma1

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

Love it (Y)

4. maherk

Posts: 7030; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"5- it has a nicer camera" Yet you guys just admitted that the sensors are untouched and you only based this point on an assumption that is yet to be proven. I don't know why, but from the articles titles, to the way you guys are presenting these phones, ot seems that Lenovo dropped a big fat check by your offices prior to the announcement, because these phones aren't as special as you're trying to make them sound, Motorola's way of doing phones was better than this.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Is this list for real? xD Nicer camera, better specs, thinner...haha what an innovative company!

6. dimas

Posts: 3423; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Calm down. It's a mid-range device and it's like a budget nexus so most people will buy this for the almost stock android ui. You don't need too much innovation for a $200 phone.

7. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Back looks like ..... Oneplus One !!!

8. Avenger337

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Lenovo did a good job. Leaving aside water resistance for a FHD screen, better processor and camera, it was a good decision.

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