Lenovo Moto G4 Play vs Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Plus comparison: see all differences

Lenovo Moto G4 Play vs Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Plus comparison: see all differences

The most anticipated affordable phones of the year are now official: the new Moto G family comes in three different models and there is some good and some bad news.

The 'bad' one is that the Motorola brand name is retired in favor of Lenovo, the company that acquired the Google-run Motorola a few years ago. The good news is that the familiar 'Moto G' part stays and that those three new models look very good. For starters, there is no longer a model with 8GB of storage as the base model of last year's Moto G3.

The three new Moto Gs are as follows: the base Moto G4 Play model with a small 5" HD display and the Snapdragon 410 chip, then, the regular Moto G4 with a 5.5" Full HD screen and Snapdragon 617, and finally, the Moto G4 Plus, adding a fingerprint scanner and a few extra features in an otherwise very similar form factor as the G4.

The most noticeable feature that is missing on all models is 4K video recording: neither of the phones support it. They max out at 1080p at 30 fps. There is also no quick charging on the base Moto G4 Play model, while the other two have it. For these and all the other differences between the three new Moto G4 models, check out the table right below.

Lenovo
Moto G4 Play
Lenovo
Moto G4
Lenovo
Moto G4 Plus
PlatformAndroid 6.0.1
Marshmallow
Android 6.0.1
Marshmallow
Android 6.0.1
Marshmallow
Dimensions
and weight
144.4 x 72 x 8.95 ~ 9.9 mm
137 g
153 x 76.6 x 7.9 ~ 9.8 mm
155 g
153 x 76.6 x 7.9 ~ 9.8 mm
155 g
Display5.0" HD
(720 x 1280 pixels)
5.5" Full HD
(1080 x 1920 pixels)
5.5" Full HD
(1080 x 1920 pixels)
SoCSnapdragon 410Snapdragon 617Snapdragon 617
Cameras8MP f/2.2 rear
5MP f/2.2 front
13MP f/2.0 rear
5MP f/2.2 wide-angle front
16MP f/2.0 rear
with Laser AF, PDAF
5MP f/2.2 wide-angle front
Storage
and RAM
16GB storage
+ microSD
2GB RAM
16GB / 32GB storage
+ microSD
2GB RAM
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
+ microSD
2GB / 4GB RAM
Battery2800 mAh3000 mAh3000 mAh
Extra features-TurboPower quick charge
Moto Maker
Fingerprint Reader
TurboPower quick charge
Moto Maker


source: Motorola.com

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10 Comments

1. donrox

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

They look ugly!

7. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Not too good but not ugly too.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The black one looks ok in official images, but SD 617 only? Pass...

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You looking for a SD 820 on a $200 phone kid?

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, wasn't aware of the price until you mentioned it. Presumed it'll be similar pricing to the Moto X Pure/Play given the names.

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Okay, just messin' with ya LOL. Anyways, these phones will be $100 more expensive once they arrive in our country.

8. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

It would've been nice to have perhaps a Snapdragon 652 or something on it though, considering the performance gains.

3. chancooluk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 13, 2015

I don't know why they needed to make so many variations of the Moto G4. Surely it's just a waste of resources and money to offer so many different models (there are 6 different models in total: Moto G4 Play, Moto G4 16GB, Moto G4 32GB, Moto G4+ 16GB, Moto G4+ 32GB and Moto G4+ 64GB with 4GB RAM). Well done Lenovo for ruining the Moto G4 with 6 ugly handsets that are the most uninteresting phones announced so far in 2016. And well done for hiking up the price so that it makes them all uncompetitive. Prepare for failure.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I can understand your frustrations for the many variations.. For instance they should have made just one G4 variant or if need be 2 at most. But what's the hipster like critisicm of lenovo? What have they done wrong here? You do realize that these are $199 phones and below? How was the past generation moto G better than these that you blame lenovo for the sunset and rainfall?

10. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

the black one looks quite good than the white one :/

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