Motorola (Lenovo) Moto G4 Plus apparently coming soon, fingerprint scanner in tow

Motorola (Lenovo) Moto G4 Plus apparently coming soon, fingerprint scanner in tow
Back in January, a Lenovo executive talked about this year's upcoming Moto smartphones, mentioning that all should feature fingerprint scanners, and screens of at least 5 inches. While we don't know exactly when Motorola Mobility (purchased by Lenovo in 2014) will announce its new handsets, it looks like we already know the names of two of them: not long after finding out about the Moto X3, we're now hearing that a Moto G4 Plus is in the making, too.

Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) recently tweeted an image that shows the front (bottom) side of the Moto G4 Plus. Unfortunately, the image doesn't reveal much, but we can clearly see a physical button - which likely includes a fingerprint scanner. Earlier this month, we reported about a leaked photo allegedly showing an unnamed Moto handset that features a similar button below its display. At the moment, we don't know if that handset is new Moto X, or if it's the Moto G4 Plus that we're now hearing about.

There are no details on what we should expect from the Moto G4 Plus. Anyhow, since we do not have a Moto G2 or Moto G3, the G4 Plus name may sound confusing. However, Motorola did release three generations of Moto G handsets, so it actually (kind of) makes sense for the fourth one to be called G4. As for the Plus part, this suggests that a regular Moto G4 may also exist, with the Plus variant probably having a larger display (or/and more advanced specs).

It's been almost 6 months since Motorola last announced a smartphone, so we're expecting to see some new devices soon.


source: @evleaks

FEATURED VIDEO

27 Comments

1. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Yes more followers for Sammy physical home button style.

17. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yay for more bezels!

29. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Current flagships' screen-to-body raito: Galaxy Note 5: 76.62 % Galaxy S7 edge: 76.09 % Moto X Style: 75.03 % Nexus 6P: 71.60 % HTC 10: 71.13 % Galaxy S7: 70.63 % LG G5: 70.15% Xperia X Performance: 66.93 % Physical buttons don't always mean more bezels.

30. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

That's what those who bash capacitive buttons do not even understand!

2. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Yea because Lenoto (Lenovo/Motorola) have been so good about honoring warranty work and fixing faulty devices that people must want to buy something new and risk be ignored by the manufacturer ... I think I'll pass on that exciting opportunity

3. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

wow square+curvy edges be like

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Fingerprint scanner? You mean Touch ID that came out a few years ago that was bashed for only unlocking your phone? I guess in a few year, most phones will have 3D Touch in tow! Lol! *grabs popcorn while robots come in talking about the failed Atrix*

5. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

3d touch was released by apple last year and yet OEM didnt follow.. ....because its useless. my sister has an iphone6s she uses force about a week after that she doesnt give a damn. its not revolutionary just like the fingerprint scanner. people can live without force touch that's why the android community doesnt give a sh*t about it.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I use 3D every single time I use my iPhone 6S. Just cause one person you know doesn't, that doesn't mean much. I use it for multi tasking every single time, just press hard on the left side and Baam, it's pushed the app away, my thumb is already on the screen while typing, you don't even have to move it away, just press harder. 3D touch is awesome. It's too bad the fandroid egos are what gets in the way. Anyway, hopefully is ugly mess is not ture, looks beyond ugly.

8. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

I am too a fan of 3d touch. I don't know why the sony X performance doesn't have this important feature since sony owned Japan display unit manufacture the3d touch ips displays of iPhones. Expected x performance to have it.

26. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Iphone's 3D tuoch weight half the phone though,.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

I use 3D Touch as often as I use right click on my PC. I will not use another phone without it. It's as important as a FP sensor, you can get by without it - but it's difficult to going back typing in passcodes and long pressing everything.

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

That is a bummer since that "failed Atrix" with fingerprint scanner was managed to get Apple's attention after they bought the whole company who provided the scanner to Motorola.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yeah, it probably would've only unlocked the phone since there was no mobile payment system by ANYONE at that time. As as someone else mentioned, if it was such a failure, why did Apple buy the company that produced it? The three elements to Apple's TouchID, the fingerprint scanner, NFC, and mobile payment system where all available well before Apple though of them. The only problem was they were introduced by different companies. Appls does what they do best, take someone else's idea, put a tweak on it, and run with it. The dimple on the back of the 2013 and later Motorola devices was going to have a FPS built in, but the company they wanted to use for that, the same they used on the Atrix was bought out by Apple, and they didn't want to use an inferior company.

6. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Oh no, I hate home buttons and capacitive keys. Please moto keep the Nexus onscreen buttons! If that creature truly is the new moto, than the only hope left is the Nexi. Come on HTC!

9. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Me too. Physical buttons look ugly and outdated. Samsung style is not very ugly like other android manufactures. But still onscreen navigation bars look amazing.

11. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Personal preference i think.. i hate onscreen buttons, I want my entire screen to display th content all the time

15. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

HTC Nexus .. 6 or 5

18. Orion78

Posts: 183; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Exactly this!! I hate physical home buttons, capacitive keys or finger print scanners. Keep the front clean!! Moto would have been a great second option to the Nexus but it looks like they're falling apart. Nexus is the only one now.

22. Alter

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

What about Sony?

12. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

i much prefer fingerprint scanners to be on the back so that dual front firing speakers are not sacrificed.

16. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

agree with u

19. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

This is a "G" device, so most likely it will not have front facing speakers, which is why the placement of the button should be fine. Anyway, does the picture look like any Lenovo phone models in the market right now? Lenovofied Motorola designs will make me grieve.

20. boys.noize

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 03, 2016

the 3rd gen moto G was so pretty... If this is going to be the next design, i think motorola/lenovo would lose a lot of customers

24. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I don't know why they even make a physical button for the fingerprint scanner. Just put the sensor on the back and make it smart enough to notice whether a touch is accidental or not. Unlock without a button like double tap or whatever, but with a fingerprint scanner.

28. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Doesn't look Moto-like style; looks like a phone form the early 2000.

31. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Very Disappointing with motorola. Dual SIM is important to me too.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.