Goodbye, Moto X Play. Hello, Moto G4 Plus

first_imgThe Motorola Moto X Play launched in September last year remains quite a steal even to this day. What with all the price drops and everything, the lesser mortal Moto X (Gen 3) makes for an even sweeter deal, as opposed to its bigger — in every sense of the word — sibling, the Moto X Style. But, things changed on Tuesday. Motorola, nay Lenovo, gave people a very good reason to reconsider. People who were looking to buy the Moto X Play that is. Well, hello Moto G4 Plus!The Moto G4 Plus (along with the humble Moto G4) technically belongs to the first batch of Moto smartphones built ‘wholly’ by Lenovo. Quite obviously then, “some” change was only but inevitable.Also Read: Moto G4 Plus: Full specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to know It’s safe to say that the Moto G4 Plus and the Moto G4 look nothing like the outgoing Moto G3. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you perceive it. Long-term Moto fans will be disappointed with the fourth-generation Moto G, simply based on the logic that it looks (and feels) nothing like the previous Moto G phones. The Moto G4 is, for the lack of a better word, more generic. The Moto G3 was (and is) a step closer to being iconic, chiefly because it held its own amid a crowd of copy cats. Enthusiasts will however love the Moto G4 Plus for what it is: a necessary evolution.advertisementLet’s just leave it at that and move ahead. Let’s power it up, shall we?Power up the system and you’ll be instantly at home. And as they say, home is where the heart is. The Moto G4 Plus, without a doubt has its heart in the right place. Much like previous Moto G phones, the fourth-generation Moto G (Plus) makes for a heady concoction of well to-do hardware and unadulterated software.Moto G phones have never been about top-tier hardware or even the looks, for that matter. They’ve been about the software. Now when you have your software side well taken care of, the hardware side just cruises along. No hiccups. The Moto G4 Plus is no different. You get stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with little or no modifications done.Still, let’s take a brief look at the hardware you get here. The Moto G4 Plus has a 5.5-inch FullHD screen with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 on top. It is rocking a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 2GB RAM and 16 GB memory and 3GB RAM and 32 GB memory options available. There’s a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, hybrid autofocus (phase detection plus laser autofocus) and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone supports expandable storage (up to 128GB), dualSIM, 4G LTE and also throws in quite a handy fingerprint scanner into the mix. The whole system is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and Turbo Charging is supported.Let’s take a look at the Moto X Play’s hardware now. The Moto X Play has a 5.5-inch FullHD display, a 1.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB and 32GB memory (expandable) options. On the camera front, the phone sports a 21-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and dualLED (dual tone) flash. The front camera is a 5-megapixel. You get dualSIM and 4G LTE support. It is further backed by a 3,630mAh battery with support for Turbo Charging.We’ve been using the Moto G4 Plus for quite some time now, and it’s safe to say that it doesn’t disappoint from an overall performance perspective. We’ve used the Moto X Play as well . Again, it is a fantastic piece of tech, even more so for the price that it commands.Also Read: Moto G4 Plus review From a hardware (and experience) point of view, there’s not much of a difference between the two phones. That is, if you’re willing to trade the Moto X Play’s Touchless control features for a fingerprint scanner. The Moto G4 Plus does give you Moto (Active) Display and Google Now, so chances are many users will not miss the key Moto X Play highlights.Both the phones are almost similar in terms of camera output, even though the Moto X Play may look like it is having the upper hand courtesy more megapixels.The one area where the Moto X Play edges past the Moto G4 Plus is battery capacity (and battery life). But, Moto phones in general have been known to offer good battery life. The Moto G4 Plus is no different. Besides, you always have Turbo Charging feature that charges that thing like a bullet.advertisementComing to the most important aspect, pricing. Lenovo will be selling the Moto G4 Plus at Rs 13,499 and Rs 14,999 respectively. The Moto X Play on the other hand costs Rs 18,499 for the 16GB memory variant.While the Moto G3 had little or no chance to compete with the Moto X Play, the Moto G4 Plus is the one that has got the juice to spoil its party. If you’re looking to buy your next Moto phone, the Moto G4 Plus is undoubtedly the way to go (for now), unless of course Lenovo has a Moto X Play version 2.0 (or Moto Z Play) up its sleeve somewhere. Also Read: Bye bye Moto X, enter Moto Z: Motorola may rebrand flagship phones on June 9last_img read more