The Motorola Moto G rewrote the budget smartphone rulebook. Ever since the first generation Moto G landed in 2013, it has proven to be the reference by which all affordable smartphones are judged. Now, in 2016, Motorola has pulled the curtains back to reveal the Moto G4 and the Moto G Plus.
Motorola Moto G 4 and Moto G Plus: Specifications
“The Moto G4 bumps up the screen size to 5.5in and ups the resolution to Full HD.”
With a UK launch event due to kick off at 2PM GMT, Motorola has given us a sneak peek of the new handsets via email. And suffice to say, the headline specifications are likely to make a lot of people rather excited. While the previous models routinely made do with 720P displays, the Moto G4 bumps up the screen size to 5.5in and ups the resolution to Full HD.
Elsewhere, the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor of the Moto G3 has made way for an as-yet unspecified quad-core SoC. Meanwhile, the battery has swelled by over 20% to reach a capacity of 3,000mAh, which should hopefully balance out the increased power demands from the larger 1080P screen.
Camera resolution hasn’t increased on the Moto G4, remaining at a respectable 13 megapixels, but this is where the Moto G Plus steps in: Motorola’s new addition to the range takes the Moto G4 and gives the camera a serious upgrade. The Moto G Plus bumps up the resolution to 16 megapixels, and adds laser-assisted and phase-detect autofocus for good measure.
Is it going to be any good? Well, according to DxOMark, it is. Motorola haven’t specified the actual score, but simply states that the Moto G Plus is “ahead of iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and other phones that are more than twice its price.”
The other major upgrade to the Moto G Plus is the addition of a fingerprint reader, which just like Apple’s Touch ID will allow you to make purchases on the Google Play store without tapping in your card details every single time. Which is nice.
Motorola Moto G 4 and Moto G Plus: Price and release date
“You’ll have to wait until early June for the Moto G4, and until mid-June for the Moto G Plus.”
This is the burning question, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Despite the fairly major upgrade, the Moto G4 is set to retail at £169, and the Moto G Plus is slated to hit the shelves at £199. When? Well, you’ll have to wait until early June for the Moto G4, and until mid-June for the Moto G Plus.
One of Alphr’s team will be getting a hands-on look at the Moto G4 and Moto G Plus in a matter of hours, so keep your eyes peeled for our hands-on review.
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