Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Asus ZenFone 3: specs comparison

Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Asus ZenFone 3: specs comparison
Now that the Motorola Moto G4 Plus is officially available to pre-order in the US (before its July 12 launch), and we know how much it costs, it's a good time for us to compare the handset with two of its possible rivals: the OnePlus 3, and the Asus ZenFone 3.

The Moto G4 Plus, OnePlus 3, and Asus ZenFone 3 have quite a few things in common, starting with the fact that they're made for people who don't want to spend more than $400 on a new, unlocked smartphone. All three devices offer 5.5-inch 1080p displays, fingerprint scanners, 16 MP rear cameras, and 3000 mAh batteries. All have at least some percentage of metal in their bodies, though the OnePlus 3 may be seen as the winner here, being almost entirely made out of aluminum. The OnePlus 3 also packs the most powerful processor, and the highest amount of RAM, but that's why it's the most expensive of the bunch, costing $399.

Notice that, for this comparison, we're including the best Moto G4 Plus model that you can get: the one with 64 GB of storage space and 4 GB of RAM, which can be yours for $299. The Moto G4 Plus has the advantage that it can be customized via Moto Maker, and will work on all major US carriers (including Verizon and Sprint), while the other two handsets aren't compatible with CDMA networks.

As for the Asus ZenFone 3, its advantage seems to be the low(er) price: the phone will cost just $249. While the ZenFone 3 will certainly be available in the US (just like the previous ZenFone series), we don't know exactly when it's supposed to land here. But we can tell you that it's going to be released in Taiwan (Asus' home country) on July 12, so perhaps it will hit shelves across the US soon after that.

Considering their prices, design, and features, which of these three Android Marshmallow smartphones would you rather get?

Motorola Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Asus ZenFone 3

Display

Display size

5.5 inches
5.5 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

401 ppi
401 ppi
401 ppi

Technology

 
Super AMOLED
Super IPS+ LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

71.10 %
73.15 %
70.52 %

Peak brightness

 
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 megapixels
16 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Laser and Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Laser and Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Pixel size: 1.3 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
Yes

Features

Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Video calling
Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 megapixels
8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
 

Design

Dimensions

6.02 x 3.02 x 0.39 inches (153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm)
6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches (152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm)
6.01 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches (152.59 x 77.38 x 7.69 mm)

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
5.57 oz (158 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic; Frame: Metal
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Splash
 
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Interchangeable covers
Notification light
Touch sensitive control keys, Soft keys

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 8952
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 8953

Processor

Octa-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 405
Adreno 530
Adreno 506

RAM

4 GB LPDDR3
6 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (8.1 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (9.0 Pie, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), OnePlus OxygenOS UI
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), ASUS Zen UI

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3000 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Yes
OnePlus Dash Charge
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

 
$ 399
 

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10 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Should I get the g4 plus? Is plastic really more durable than Aluminum?

2. fyah_king unregistered

Yes, it is more durable.

10. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Aren't you putting a case on it anyway? There really isn't that much of a difference and if you're really worried then buying a good case is the smartest move.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

G4+ for pure android life!!

4. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Zenfone 3 ftw. I just hope it lives up to my expectations. The 625 is using a53 but on 16nm I hope it doesn't have heating issues. I think something like a Nexus 5x $270 would make a good rival. $400 OP3 is a big $150 gap.

5. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Hey PA I'm waiting for some in depth comparisons. Just saying.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. but first, they need to change that ZF3 to ZF3 deluxe, and change that Moto G4 to something else (Mi 5, Zuk Z2, LeMax2, or other cheap SD820) this list is just weird.. one have low-end processor (SD617), one midranger (SD625), and one (SD820), the only similar side of them is just their screen

7. Alter

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

For me the OnePlus 3 is easily the most tempting. If you mentioned the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZTE Axon 7 then it would be a difficult decision.

9. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

exactly all of them really tempting

8. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

She's cute.

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