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Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G4 Play All Announced, Coming Soon to North America

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Moto and Lenovo unwrapped a new Moto G family this morning in India and Brazil, a family that includes three phones, not two. Please welcome in the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G4 Play, three phones that should match up to the world’s “unique” people who all “use their phones differently.”

The Moto G4 (or Moto G 4th gen) sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display (1080p), 13MP camera, 3000mAh battery, Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal storage with SD support, and charges quickly when needed with TurboPower. Like previous generations, this new Moto G also has interchangeable shells, so that you can customize the look and make it yours. 

The Moto G4 Plus is the exact same phone as the Moto G4, only with a handful of addition features that might make it slightly more appealing. You still have the 5.5-inch FHD display and 3000mAh battery with Turbo charging, but Moto also tossed in a 16MP camera with laser and phase detect autofocus. Moto used DxOMark to either test or optimize their camera, so DxOMark says that this camera is among the best and tops the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. And finally, the Moto G4 Plus has a fingerprint reader as well, but can be found with 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM, along with the 2GB version.

On the lower end, we have the Moto G4 Play, a phone with a “reliable” Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 5-inch 720p display, and 2800mAh battery. Motorola’s press release isn’t saying, but my guess is that this is more like a new Moto E than a true Moto G.

You can find full Moto G4 specs here.

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus arrive in Brazil starting today, while the Moto G Plus, by itself, hits India. Moto says to expect both of these phones to show up in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific before long. The Moto G Play arrives this summer.

UPDATE: Motorola is now saying to not expect the Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus until “mid-Summer.”

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Via:  Moto
  • no NFC… no buy

  • Racinx

    Great looking phones, but I just hope the price point is reasonable. And I HOPE Verizon is supported, because if so, and again if the price is right, I’m grabbing one of these ASAP.

  • fallsgable

    OK, has everyone had the horror of trying to get ANY timely or HONEST support from Moto-Care??….let’s ALL go out and get one….and then not be able to get ANY type of reliable or honest support from Moto-Care…..Let’s all then sit without a replacement phone for months and months… who’s with me?!?
    Never again Lenovorola!!!

  • Mike Dillinger

    That chin…way to take a step back in innovation lenovorola

  • pseudoswede

    I hope all three support VoLTE out of the box and have T-Mobile band 12 support. The Play will be the perfect upgrade for my daughter’s Moto E.

  • tnt

    Finally they added 5ghz wifi support. That was the main reason I couldn’t try the 2015 or prior G’s. My neighborhood is a 2.4ghz mess, so 5ghz is all I can use (functionally) at home.

  • tnt

    I saw another article this morning hinting that the X line might be dead. Given the success of the G series in the past worldwide, and now this focus on the new G’s (three versions??), that doesn’t seem so far fetched…

    • I’d have to agree. They’re taking a Sammy approach where you release multiple models of the “same” device and people get the one that matches their need. Well I’m glad I didn’t hold out for this. Got me a dual-SIM S7; we’ll see if I can get it to work in the states.

    • vzwuser76

      So their flagship is going to have a SD 6xx series CPU? I seriously doubt that. Whether they drop the Moto X name or not, I can’t imagine them not coming out with a phone that doesn’t have an SD820 inside, that would really kill their chances in many places, NA for sure.

      • tnt

        I agree that seems unlikely, but the X Pure (2015’s flagship) only had the SD 6**, so I wouldn’t put it past them.

        • vzwuser76

          The Moto X Pure 2015 had an SD808, not a 600 series in it. You’re thinking of the Moto X Play, which wasn’t their flagship. The Moto X Pure/Style were the flagships. The Moto X Play is similar to the Moto G4 Play, in that the Play seems to denote a lower tier device (an X series device with a SD 6xx instead of a 8xx, and a G series device with a SD 4xx instead of a 6xx).

          • tnt

            Ah, sorry about that, don’t know what I was thinking.

  • okpud

    Specs for the G4/G4 Plus show CDMA support as well as Verizon’s LTE bands. I wonder if this means they’ll support it. Also, it has micro USB (no USB-C) and does not mention NFC anywhere.


  • Matt

    Ugly phone. Motorola is dead. It’s just a Lenovo shell now, just like ThinkPad.

  • Mojor Izin

    Why do so many phones have the same or similar names? There’s already a phone called a g4. Same with the popularity of the one moniker.

    • PuttsMoBilesiCit

      Next year, LG is going to be fly like a G6.

      • Mojor Izin

        Was thinking the same thing.And year after that, Lenovo

    • Aloof

      This is g^4, not g4. haha

    • vzwuser76

      HTC had a G2 long before LG did, and used the X before Motorola did. When you’re using a letter and a number for the name, there’s only so many you can do before you overlap. And some letters are probably not as marketable as others. Regardless, as long as the manufacturer doesn’t reuse the same name more than once, there shouldn’t be an issue.

  • hkklife

    All junk, at least as far as the the remaining DL Motorola faithful are concerned. They should not even bother releasing anything but the G Plus specs for the NA market.

    X Pure 2016 (or better) or bust!! Like everyone else is saying, too much watering-down of the formerly fantastic Moto G brand. More models + more fragmentation means LESS support. Well, actually Lenovo by itself already killed any hopes of an aggressive, lengthy update cycle.

    Has anyone seems RAM/storage specs confirmed? I assume the 3/32GB for the Plus is confirmed along with 2/16 on the others and microSD slots across the board?

    • It’s not watering down, just rebranding. G Play (Moto E) G (entry level G) G Plus (is the model you paid extra to get more RAM last year)

  • Leif Sikorski

    Is there any info about NFC support? NFC is so cheap that even the cheaper devices should support it in 2016.

    • It’s the licensing that makes adding NFC expensive not the hardware itself. (that’s why they’re cheap)

    • Apparently it won’t have NFC capabilities. I literally just talked to a friend who immediately gave up on buying it because of this.
      And since the Plus variant compares to the Moto X Play/Droid Maxx 2, I call it bullsh*t.

      • Leif Sikorski

        Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend a phone without NFC to anyone in 2016. Even here in Germany where NFC payments are very slowly growing we still have to consider that most people use their phone for two years or so. I would rather recommend buying a 1-2 year old flagship device then if the budget is limited.

  • Tyler Durden

    Hopefully price is good, but if it’s the $300 that other guy said, good luck lenovo

  • JZ

    Do we know if Moto Display is still present on these devices? I need some affordable and smaller options for my older family members and these might just do the trick.

  • Ugh. They are fragmenting themselves too much without the market share, like samsung, to do so. They need to keep things simple and sell on that with 2 great products. In my opinion there should have just been the G4 but with the Plus specs and a price in between the 2 and the Moto E. Keep it simple and try to sell millions.

    • gabe1989

      “Keep it simple, stupid” words to live by.

    • I agree, but the thing is that Lenovo is focusing in lots of third world countries such as Brazil and India with the G line. As a Brazilian, I know that any low-end phone can get really expensive over here while not everyone can afford it. That’s why it’s a good idea to give people different choices in these places. In the US it’s indeed a low budget phone. Here it’s “the least expensive”. So each of these models represent a different definition of “cost-benefit” for different people. Well… at least that’s my theory.

      Also, nope, they just won’t sell a phone with the G4 Plus specs (which rival with the Droid Maxx 2) and a G2~E price tag. Not here, and still unlikely anywhere else.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Yea… Whatever. Starting to think DXO just ranks cameras based on financial contributions.

    “Moto used DxOMark to either test or optimize their camera, so DxOMark says that this camera is among the best and tops the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.”

    • JRomeo

      what’s wrong with that sentence you quoted? i could do the same thing, I could compare two cameras and notice the picture quality difference. and see which one is better. DXO does the same thing….. I see you are assuming DXOMark is just putting camera ranking based on who pays them the most money but I don’t get why you’re saying that.

    • Tyler Durden

      Yea the camera itself, but definitely not the software. I find people who quote DxOMark to win “arguments” funny.

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  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Wait do we know which Processor is being used at all in the G4 and the Plus?

    • okpud

      Snapdragon 617

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Not bad.