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Moto G4 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

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Motorola or simply Moto, now a Lenovo company (we really have to say that for emphasis, hehe), has been very aggressive with rebuilding its presence in the Philippines. We’ve reviewed Moto’s premium smartphones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Play. Now, we have the midrange Moto G4 Plus. Let’s unbox it!

Moto G4 Plus:

  • 1.5GHz octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • Adreno 405 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory, expandable memory via MicroSD up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with phase detection laser autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with auto HDR
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, fingerprint scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,000 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P13,999
  • Status: Available in Moto stores and retailers

What’s inside the box?

  • Moto G4 Plus unit
  • Charger with cable
  • Earphones
  • USB cable for data transfer

Many midrange smartphones has leveled up in terms of hardware. If the competition now have unibody metal design, the Moto G4 Plus remained to be in plastic build with removable back cover that reveals the microSD card slots and two SIM card slots. Unfortunately, battery is not removable.

All Moto elements are present – the Moto logo dimple at the back, the square fingerprint scanner and gesture features like chop chop to turn on flashlight.

Ports and buttons check:

  • Top – 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Bottom – USB charging port
  • Left – nothing
  • Right – volume rocker and power button
  • Back – 16 megapixel camera with flash, noise cancelling microphone
  • Front – fingerprint scanner, microphone, earpiece/speaker, 5 megapixel camera, sensor, 5.5-inch display

Overall hardware feel is so 2014 with its design and choice of plastic. But once you get to the software, you’ll forget its short comings on its hardware. Moto, being a former part of Google, uses vanilla Android UI. It means it does not have any custom UI on top of it which we prefer. We will be using the Moto G4 Plus as our daily driver for two weeks. Full review coming up soon! 🙂