Not fussed about the Samsung Galaxy S7? Is the HTC 10 too dear for your tech budget? You’ll want to take a look at the new Moto G4 Plus.
This spruced up edition of the Moto G4 costs just £30 (RM175) more than its cheaper sibling, but repays that investment with a better camera and (first for the Moto G) fingerprint scanner.
Sounds like a thoroughly tempting deal, right? Well, after getting hands-on with the Moto G4 Plus we’re certainly smitten. Here are our first impressions of the budget-friendly blower.
Seen it all G4?
As you’d expect, Lenovo’s Moto G4 and G4 Plus share a lot of the same of the features. Cut out the camera upgrade and fingerprint scanner, and you’re looking at near-on identical phones. That means you get to wrap your hands around a svelte but grippy plastic handset which looks really rather handsome in the flesh. Think of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, rather than the overly shiny iPhone 5c.
Both G4s have a 5.5in Full HD screen, complete with excellent 401ppi pixel density, alongside a Snapdragon 617 processor and the ever-reliable Android Marshmallow - complete with Moto’s soft touch Pure OS. For a more in-depth look at the G4, you’ll want to check out our hands-on review, but the important thing to know about the G4 Plus is that it offers you greater choice over the amount of RAM it’s backed up by.
The entry-level G4 Plus comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage as standard, as well as microSD support for up to 128GB cards. Spend a little extra and you can bag yourself a handset with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Even if you plump for the ‘basic’ G4 Plus, you should be lavished with enough power to handle your everyday traipsing across Chrome, WhatsApp and Instagram.
Really, what you’re paying for here is the camera. Whereas the standard G4 gives you the 13MP snapper from last year’s Moto G (3rd gen), the G4 Plus has a superior 16MP rear-facing snapper that comes with both laser focusing and phase detection autofocus.
OK, so optical image stabilisation is missing here, but the upshot of all this photographic jargon is you should squeeze some great shots out of the G4 Plus - even in relatively testing lighting conditions. We rated the camera on last year’s Moto G as the best you could get in a budget phone, and the G4 Plus seems set to take on that same accolade. Especially since its camera app comes with a Pro mode, allowing you to tweak aspects of your snaps like ISO, white balance and aperture.
The other standout feature is the fingerprint scanner, which not only lets you unlock your phone in a flash, but authenticate app payments from the Google Play Store as well. Without NFC on board, the G4 Plus won’t work with Google’s Android Pay platform for contactless transactions when it arrives in Malaysia. That’s a shame, as it restricts the fingerprint scanner’s usefulness somewhat.
Lenovo Moto G4 Plus early verdict
As well-priced as the standard Moto G4 is at £169 (RM980), there seems little reason to settle for less than the £199 (RM(1155) Moto G4 Plus. Those added camera smarts are gonna make a huge difference when it comes to low light photos, and the fingerprint scanner is a handy extra. Given the choice, this is the Moto G4 we’d go for.