Lenovo Launches Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 Play: 3 Models Too Much?

Lenovo Launches Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 Play: 3 Models Too Much?
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It seems like Lenovo no longer believes that launching just one variation of the fourth generation of Moto G is enough to entice smartphone lovers and gain the edge over rivals in the market. That can be the only reason it has decided to release three models – Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 Play – to cater to different tech needs of people.


While releasing more than one version of the same range has been a norm with Apple and its iPhones, it is not a common phenomenon when it comes to smartphones. However, Lenovo has decided to step up its game and fragment the fourth generation of Moto G into three distinct models.

Phandroid has broken down the specs of the basic Moto G4 and they are as impressive as ever:

  • 5-inch display with 1080p resolution
  • Qualcomm’s Octa-Core Snapdragon 617 chipset
  • 13MP rear camera, capable of shooting 1080p videos and a 5MP front camera.
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 2GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB internal memory; absence of microSD slot

Moto G was the first of its kind to come up with a smartphone that offers highly advanced features at the most affordable rates. And with such a lineup of enhanced traits, the question remains as to whether Lenovo really needed to launch three different models to satisfy its customers.

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Moto G4 Plus and G4 Play are only slightly different than the basic model, reports The Verge. Moto G4 Plus has the rear camera bumped up to 16MP, with special features such as laser autofocus and phase-detect enabled on it and the addition of a fingerprint sensor on the home button.

The Moto G4 Play is the smaller sibling, with a 5-inch display and a 720p resolution. It has a limited internal storage of 8GB and 16GB and is powered by Snapdragon 410 processor, which kind of pales in comparison to the Qualcomm Octa-Core Snapdragon 617. The rear camera also gets a less-fancy quality of just 8MP, which operates on a smaller 2,800mAh battery.

For people in the U.S. who want to get a hold of one these models, too bad they can’t for now. Lenovo has not yet announced when it would be launching the fourth generation of Moto G in the United States. The Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus hit the mobile stores at Brazil yesterday and will soon be launching in India, followed by the UK in June. As to when and where the smaller, humbler Moto G4 Play would be made available is still unknown.

Also Read: Moto G Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Status Update

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