Folks in love with compact smartphones will have to look away from Motorola’s successful budget-friendly Moto G family this year, as the oft-rumored fourth iteration indeed sports a 5.5-inch display, up a massive half an inch from its predecessor.
Just as suspected, both the Moto G4 and G4 Plus (by Lenovo) were announced earlier today at a glitzy press event in New Delhi, India, commercially launching around those parts before all other countries, including the US.
The two mid-range phones are virtually identical in terms of screen size and resolution, processing power, battery capacity, front-facing camera, pre-installed software, and rear cover design. But the Moto G4 Plus stands out with a front-fitted square-shaped fingerprint reader, as well as a surprisingly competent 16MP main shooter with laser auto-focus and PDAF.
Meanwhile, the standard G4 settles for a 13MP rear cam with far less tricks up its sleeve, and it also caps off at 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, compared to the G4 Plus, which will be offered in a 3/32 gig configuration too.
The 5.5-inch screens are both Full HD-capable, you get octa-core Snapdragon 617 muscle across the board, as well as near-stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow goodies, microSD card slots, 5MP selfie cameras, and 3,000 mAh cells endowed with TurboPower support for super-fast charging.
Clearly, Lenovo took note of the phenomenal recent low-cost releases from OEMs like Huawei, Xiaomi or Meizu, pricing the Moto G4 Plus almost unbelievably aggressively. Yes, you’ll be able to order the “entry-level” 2/16GB variant on Amazon India starting midnight at just 13,500 rupees ($202), with an extra gig of RAM and twice the internal storage space fetching Rs. 14,500, or $217.
The Moto G4 will only become available next month, at an as-yet unannounced price, but the waiting is probably worth it. After all, if the G4 Plus costs the equivalent of two US Benjamins, this may well target the sub-$150 segment. Now, let’s turn our attention to a Western expansion, which has to go down soon.