Earlier today, Motorola launched its fourth-generation Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones in India. Both smartphones are equipped with almost similar hardware and features, with just a few key differentiations. The Moto G4 Plus is the slightly powerful variant and it will compete with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (32GB), LeEco Le 1s and Lenovo ZUK Z1. We compared these smartphones based on their price, specifications and features, and here’s how they fare. Also Read - Moto G4 Plus gets Android 8.1 Oreo, Moto Z3 Play receives Android Pie Update
Price: The Motorola’s Moto G4 Plus will be available in two storage variants – 16GB variant with 2GB RAM for Rs 13,499 and 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM for Rs 14,499. It will go on sale starting today midnight, exclusively on Amazon India. LeEco’s Le 1s is priced at Rs 10,999 and available via Flipkart, whereas the Redmi Note 3 (32GB storage with 3GB of RAM) is priced at Rs 11,999, and can be purchased from Mi.com and Amazon India. The Lenovo ZUK Z1, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 13,499 and will go on sale starting May 19 on Amazon India. Also Read - Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 reportedly starts receiving MIUI 10.2 final software update
Display, processor, RAM and storage: All four smartphones flaunt a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. On the hardware front, the Moto G4 Plus is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, or 3GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage. A microSD card slot for further expansion is also present. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 runs on Snapdragon 650 hexa-core chipset with four Cortex-A53 cores and two Cortex-A72 cores, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage. There is also a hybrid SIM card slot where you can either use two nano SIM cards or one nano-SIM card and one microSD card, but not both. Also Read - Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 MIUI 10 update rolling out; brings many changes
Lenovo’s ZUK Z1 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The Le 1s, on the other hand, runs on MediaTek’s 2.2GHz Helio X10 64-bit octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage. Sadly, both smartphones lack microSD card slot for further expansion.
Camera: The Moto G4 Plus is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera with laser auto focus, phase detection auto focus and dual LED flash. The Redmi Note 3, meanwhile, sports a 16-megpaixel rear snapper with PDAF and dual LED flash, the Le 1s and ZUK Z1 sport a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. One of the highlights of the ZUK Z1’s camera is that it also features optical image stabilization (OIS) to let you take blur-free photos. Up front, all four smartphones come equipped with a 5-megapixel selfie camera.
Battery: Moto G4 Plus is armed with a 3,000mAh battery with TurboPower charging support. Motorola says, even 15 minutes of charging can offer up to six hours of usage. The Le 1s too comes with a 3,000mAh battery along with fast charging support; while the Redmi Note 3 is equipped with 4,050mAh battery. The ZUK Z1 features a 4,100mAh battery. Sadly, Lenovo has not included the fast charging feature.
OS and connectivity: One of the good things about the Moto G4 Plus is that it runs on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. It includes connectivity features such as Wi-Fi 802.11ac, dual-SIM card slots and 4G LTE with VoLTE support. The Le 1s comes with the same connectivity options as the Moto G4 Plus and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop-based EUI. It also includes the USB Type-C connectivity port for charging and data transfer.
The Redmi Note 3 and ZUK Z1 includes connectivity options such as Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Redmi Note 3 supports VoLTE calling and runs on MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. An update to MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is also due in the next few weeks. Lenovo’s ZUK Z1, on the other hand, runs on CyanogenOS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow based CyanogenOS is also due.
Miscellaneous features: All four smartphones feature a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. While the ZUK Z1 and Moto G4 Plus include a metal frame, the fingerprint scanner is placed on the front and embedded inside the home button. The Redmi Note 3 and Le 1s, on the other hand, feature a full metal unibody design and the fingerprint scanner is placed at the back.
On paper, all four smartphones are closely matched in terms of the hardware they pack. The Le 1s has good specifications, but the battery performance is sub-par, whereas the Redmi Note 3 offers a good battery life but camera performance is average. The ZUK Z1 is fast, snappy and offers a good overall performance, which will make it a tough competitor to Moto G4 Plus. However, we will reserve our judgment till we review the Moto G4 Plus.
|Features||Moto G4 Plus||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3||LeEco Le 1s||Lenovo ZUK Z1|
|Display||5.5-inches full HD (1920×1080 pixels)||5.5-inches full HD (1920×1080 pixels)||5.5-inches full HD (1920×1080 pixels)||5.5-inches full HD (1920×1080 pixels)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor||MediaTek’s 2.2GHz Helio X10 64-bit octa-core processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor|
|RAM||2GB/3GB||2GB (16GB storage variant)||3GB||3GB|
|Storage||16GB/32GB (expandable)||16GB (expandable)||32GB (non-expandable)||64GB (non-expandable)|
|Rear Camera||13-megapixel dual LED flash||16-megapixel with phase detection auto-focus and dual LED flash||13-megapixel with phase detection auto-focus and dual LED flash||13-megapixel with OIS and dual LED flash|
|OS||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 5.1 Lollipop wrapped under MIUI 7||Android 5.1 Lollipop wrapped under custom EUI skin||CyanogenOS based on Android 5.1|
|Price||Rs 13,499/14,499||Rs 9,999 (16GB variant)||Rs 10,999||Rs 13,499|