Motorola reminds us that the Moto X featured genuine leather one year before the LG G4

Motorola reminds us that the Moto X featured genuine leather one year before the LG G4
LG today finally announced its G4 flagship smartphone, making it its first handset to have a genuine leather finish (in multiple color variants). However, as you may know, the G4 is not the first Android smartphone to include leather in its design. Immediately after LG unveiled the G4, Motorola took to Twitter to remind us that its Moto X and Moto 360 can be customized with genuine leather since 2014.

Just like Motorola, which offers leather backs for the Moto X for an extra $25, it looks like LG will also charge more for its leather G4. However, for now we don't know exactly how much the G4 with genuine leather will cost. Also, LG didn't provide an exact release date for its new flagship smartphone, but we know that the handset will be available starting May around the world, including in the US (via Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Best Buy, and Amazon).

It's worth mentioning that the leather on the back of the LG G4 has two distinctive stitches in the middle, thus providing a different visual feel than the leather that you can get on the Moto X. Take a look at both approaches in the slideshow below, and let us know which one you like best!

Update: LG replied to Motorola's tweet with: "Thanks for choosing to watch [our event]." Hah.


sources: Motorola (Twitter), LG (Twitter)

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Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh
G4
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18.5h talk time)

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41 Comments

1. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

nailed it moto!

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah, but the Moto X is not even the best Motorola makes... The LG G4 is 1000 times better than the Moto X. It's not even fair to compare.

3. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

1,000 times better. Please explain?

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Look at the spec's. They are all 2012. Also, the camera is no where near where it should be. My Google Nexus 6 takes amazing pictures compared to the Moto X, yet it gets killed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 & LG G4. I can go on & on... Like I said the Moto X is not even the best that Motorola makes. The Google Nexus 6 & the Droid Turbo are the best in Motorola's camp, & that's by far compared to the Moto X.

18. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

That's two things. Not 1000.

38. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

the camera is a 1000 times better.

5. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

man u r so confused..u r saying its not fair to compare and still ua comparing..lol motorola is the only company which understands ppl want stock android no s**t stuff..

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Motorola tried to compare... Not me.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

And the G4 isn't the best that LG makes. Seems fair.

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

What is better than the LG G4 from LG's camp?

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

A really good argument could be made for the G Flex 2.

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude the G-Flex 2 has a 1080p screen, a 13MP camera, a 2.1MP front facing camera. If it were 2014 then you may have a point. The LG G4 is head over heels better than the G-Flex 2. Also made with real Leather. Something unique in the ULTRA high end market, that both the LG G-Flex 2 & Moto X are clearly not in.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It also has a SD 810 (along with the Adreno 430), as well as DDR4 RAM, is slightly thinner and comes with the self healing back. If you're looking for pure performance, the G Flex 2 should outperform the G4 by a pretty significant margin.

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The SD 810 is cool, I give you that, but the average user wont notice the difference between a SD 801, 805, 808, or a 810. They will notice the screen, & they will notice the camera. Also they will notice the leather. Today that's what really matters & why the LG G4 is way better than the G-Flex 2. The phones are all ultra fast running Android 5.1 Lollipop.

42. loyd112

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

quad hd on a 5 inch smart phone is un important and doesnt make much difference , i also agree on the camera but what about the build quality? its hard for you to convince me that plastic build is better than motox's metal frame construction , one other thing that moto x has is the front facing speaker which is far better than back....another plus is the software which is beautiful and uncluttered and has way more functionality like double twist to camera and "hey moto" all with retaining the 2 year update schedule and being the first phone(after nexus) to get updates all in all you just cant say moto x is a bad phone its a superb phone with average camera and average battery life

43. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

The Nexus 5 is a hell of a lot better phone than the G4. Sure the G4 does a couple things better, but overall it loses to the Nex5 big time.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Moto X could have been better, far better.

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I totally agree. I thought the Moto X '14 was a disappointment, yes it was better than the original Moto X '13 but still way behind other flagships. +1

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'd put the Moto X 2014 ahead of the other 2014 flagships it competed with. hell, i'd probably take a pure edition over a G4...

19. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Moto X is boss. $440 for a Pure edition no contract. Runs and looks awesome. Can't beat it.

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

To each is own. Still doesn't change the fact the the Moto X is not better spec'ed than the LG G4, shoot not even better than the Google Nexus 6. There is nothing more pure than the Nexus 6.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

right, which is why i sold my Moto X 2014 and got a Nexus 6. i have a Galaxy S6 Edge too and the G4 is just not going to beat that. it's just not.

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Again it's personal preference. But for Motorola to even put an opinion against the LG G4 with the likes of the Moto X is silly at best. I have a Nexus 6 & I can tell you that Moto was way wrong in this. You can't compare a Moto X to a LG G4. The only thing in common is the leather. That's it.

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the leather is the only thing they meant to point out. if you filter out all of the relevant phones on the market, even somewhat so based on if genuine leather is included in the construction you'd only be left with the Moto X 2014 and the G4.

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes the leather is the only common thing. Everything else is super subpar compared to the G4. It's like comparing a Corolla with a Bugatti, because both have leather options. It's really not even in the same league. That's my whole point with Motorola here. They kinda embarrassed themselves.

35. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i really honestly don't see how... it seems more like they're just trolling LG and reminding everybody just who went with offering genuine leather on their flagship first than they are challenging them to a flagship battle to the death. it's just like when Samsung took that jab at Apple by welcoming them to the big screen club with the unveiling off the iPhone 6. you know what they say, imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery...

31. Mechanized

Posts: 13; Member since: May 31, 2014

I don't think it's silly. It's an advertisement. Motorola is reminding consumers, average people who don't recognize the technical differences, that they too offer a leather handset.

29. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Moto phones aren't about specs (except for the droid line perhaps) , hell, a Galaxy S4 is more than most people need! Moto is about usability. Anything quad core and 2gb of ram will do most people just fine.

25. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The only reason why I wouldn't put the Moto X 2014 over other flapships is the crappy camera.

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, that's the truth.

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