Quick look at Moto G4 Plus – first impressions, camera, performance

After we put the Moto G4 to some detailed tests, the time came for the Moto G4 Plus. You may have read our preview and today we would like to present to you our first impressions.

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There are some differences between the two new Moto G4 models but the design part is not one of them. This means that you will be presented with the matte, which is again prone to fingerprints. Another small drawback that we saw in Moto G4 is again present here – it’s about the hardware volume controls and Power button. All of the provide a relatively short key travel and you may need to put more effort until you get used to pressing them.

Actually, there is a difference in the appearance of the two models and it is thanks to it that you can distinguish them. The Plus version has a fingerprint scanner located below the screen. It is surrounded by a silver and slightly protruding lining so that it is easy to see. Although it resembles a hardware home button, you won’t be able to press it.

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As far as the processor is concerned, Moto G4 and G4 Plus share the same chip, although it is different when compared to last year’s model. We are now dealing with the octa-core Snapdragon 617 mobile CPU combined with the Adreno 405 GPU, as well as a minimum of 2 GB of RAM (this is the capacity in our version). In this case the graphics and computing performance will be the same as the ones in Moto G4. It’s good that the microSD card slot is also present here but Moto G4 Plus is not water-resistant.

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Moto G4 Plus comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is not accompanied by any UI, so don’t expect additional features or modes. On the other hand, the device operates in a very fast way without any lags or stuttering.

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The camera is one of the things that chiefly distinguish Moto G4 from its Plus version. The latter features a 16MP camera with a max aperture value of f/2.0, and a dual LED flash but this time with laser autofocus. Although the menu has not grown with more modes and settings, we could tell from the first test shots that we were dealing with a good camera quality for this class.

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Specs sheet


OS Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 (4 cores, 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4 ядра, 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 16GB
GPU Adreno 405
Display 5,5-inch IPS capacitive multitouch display (1920 x 1080 p), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, GPS, А-GPS
Cameras 16MP camera with laser autofocus, dual LED flash (rear), 5MP (front)
Features
  • Micro-SIM card slot
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 256GB)
  • microUSB v2.0 port
  • integrated loudspeaker
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • FM radio
  • accelerometer
  • proximity sensor
  • fingerprint scanner
Battery 3000 mAh
Dimensions 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm
Weight 155 grams

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