Earlier today, we reported that Motorola might launch the entry-level Moto E4 and E4 Plus in Brazil on June 21. However, that’s not the case as the company made both the phones official moments ago. The company did not hold any event to launch the phones but silently introduced both the phones.
Motorola says that the new Moto E4 and E4 Plus are significant upgrades over their predecessors. The phones are powered by Snapdragon chipsets and are differentiated by the screen size, battery capacity, camera, and amount of RAM. In fact, the company also announced the pricing of both the phones.
Let’s find out what the new Moto E4 and E4 Plus offers on paper.
In line with the leaks and rumours, the Moto E4 and E4 Plus features metal bodies, and they look identical to the Moto G5 series launched earlier this year. Also, both the smartphones feature a front-facing fingerprint scanner embedded into the home key.
Both the smartphones have Nanocoating which protects them from water spills. This certainly is a great feature to have around. There’s a Saturn ring covering the camera at the back, which adds a decent look and feel to both the phones. That said, there’s no camera bump on either of these phones.
The Moto E4 measures 9.4mm in thickness and weigh 150 grams, whereas the E4 Plus weighs 181 grams and has a thickness of 9.55mm.
Display wise; the Moto E4 comes with a 5-inch HD display, while the E4 Plus has a larger 5.5-inch display with the same HD resolution. Motorola says that the displays in both the phones are vibrant enough to serve the multimedia needs. The displays have a 2.5D curved glass on top.
There’s a massive surprise here. All the rumours till date claimed that the phones would be powered by a MediaTek MT6737M chip, but the official products have a better processor. The Moto E4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC or by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 SoC depending on the market, clubbed with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
The E4 Plus, on the other hand, will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 SoC with a 1.4GHz CPU. The E4 Plus works in tandem with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The storage is expandable via a microSD card slot.
On par with the leaks, the E4 Plus will come with a 13MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12 um pixels, 78-degree lens, a single LED flash and autofocus. The rear camera has features such as burst mode, panorama, HDR mode. There is a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, 74-degree lens, and a single tone LED flash.
On the flip side, the Moto E4 comes with an 8MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, 71-degree lens, and single LED flash. A 5MP front-facing camera is present for selfies and video calls.
Software and Connectivity
Both the Moto E4 and E4 Plus runs Android 7.1 Nougat OS with Motorola’s customizations such as Moto Voice, Moto Display, and various other features including the one-button mode, etc. The devices may be upgraded to Android O when it goes official.
Connectivity wise, they come with 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, micro USB port, and GPS. The major let down is both the phones accepts only single nano SIM card. Motorola might release the dual-SIM card variants of both the phones in coming days.
The Moto E4 Plus’ highlight is the 5000mAh battery, which also has support for fast charging technology. The Moto E4 comes with a much smaller 2800mAh cell with 5W/10W rapid charger bundled inside the box.
Pricing and Availability
The Moto E4 will be available in two colour options- Licorice Black and Fine Gold, while the E4 Plus comes in Iron Gray, Fine Gold colours. The Moto E4 is priced at $129.99 and 149 Euro (approx. Rs. 10,800), and the E4 Plus will ship for $179.99 and 199 Euro (approx. Rs. 14,400).
Currently, there are no details about the Moto E4 and E4 Plus availability in India, but the company will launch them in coming days.