“Rounding up all the rumours about the upcoming Moto G smartphones”
Motorola’s Moto G series was probably the main catalyst that made the budget smartphone market in India what it is today. The original Moto G (review) spurred new life in the competition by offering decent specs for its price. Three years down the line, the G-series family has seen a bunch of new members, the latest of which is the Moto G 3rd-gen (review). But with so much competition, an upgrade to the smartphone range is warranted. And thanks to the numerous leaks and rumours that the company has been unable to keep at bay, we now know that the wait might not be a long one. The folks at Motorola are expected to launch the Moto G4 (or Moto G 4th-gen) along with another more powerful variant, which will reportedly be dubbed as the Moto G4 Plus. Let’s take a look at what these two devices might have in store for us.
A number of leaked images and renders of the upcoming phones have already made rounds around the interwebs, giving us a rough idea of what to expect. The pictures suggest that the smartphones will sport metal frames around the edges and that at least the Moto G4 Plus would come with a square-shaped fingerprint scanner on the front. At the back, the smartphones are expected to feature pill-shaped camera modules above the iconic dimpled Motorola logo. Overall, it is a design one would associate with Motorola and yet, nothing that fancy has been done by the company yet.
Both variants of the smartphone are expected to feature 5.5-inch displays with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. And if this turns out to be the case, it’ll be a substantial upgrade over the 5-inch 720p display found on the Moto G 3rd-gen. Despite sporting bigger displays, the bump in resolution would also mean that the new phones get a crisper pixel density of 401ppi compared to an average 294ppi of the Moto G 3rd-gen.
Processor and Battery
Not much is known about the battery capacities that will power the two phones. However, as far as horsepower is concerned, rumours indicate that the company might opt for an octa-core SoC from the lower spectrum of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. The smartphones are speculated to offer a better battery life, and come with support for fast charging.
The Moto G4 will purportedly come with just 16GB of internal storage along with 2GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Moto G4 Plus is expected to offer 32GB of on-board storage and 3GB of RAM for smooth and seamless multitasking. Both smartphones could however, come with support for expandable storage. And with the introduction of adaptable storage in Android Marshmallow, this might prove to be a big factor for the devices.
On the software side of things, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus are expected to run on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. With just a few additional features, Motorola’s take on the software is one of the closest you can get to stock Android on a non-Nexus device. Another report has surfaced which indicates that both smartphones might come with NFC support.
If rumours are to be believed, we can expect the Moto G4 to come with a 13MP rear camera. On the other hand, owing to the ‘Plus’ moniker, the Moto G4 Plus will reportedly carry an upgraded 16MP camera at the back. Both rear camera modules might be assisted by laser-guided autofocus. There’s no information whether they would feature optical image stabilisation or not. 5MP selfie cameras are expected to sit on the front of both the smartphones.
Availability and Pricing
Motorola has already sent press invites for an event scheduled to take place in New Delhi on May 17th. The launch of the new handsets is highly anticipated and is likely to take place at the aforementioned event. Interestingly, Motorola India has already started tweeting some teasers about a new smartphone. A recent report that surfaced online revealed the pricing details of the two smartphones. The Moto G4 is rumoured to be priced at €240 (~Rs 18,000) while the Moto G4 Plus could see a price tag of around €280 (~Rs 21,000). With no source to confirm, all these rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt. We’ll have more details once these handsets go official.