Lenovo Moto has announced the launch of two smartphones in the sub 10k price segment – the Moto E4 and the Moto E4 Plus. The Moto E4 will be exclusive to the offline market and the E4 Plus will be available on Flipkart only. Both the smartphones will compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Yu Yureka Black, Lenovo’s own K6 Power and more. Does it offer enough to take on the competition? Well, we’ll reserve that judgment for our final review. For now, we've spent about 10 minutes with the two smartphones at the launch event and here are our first impressions.
Getting the specifications out of the way, the Moto E4 sports a 5-inch 720p display, while the E4 Plus gets a larger 5.5-inch 720p display. Both smartphones are powered by a Quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The Moto E4 offers 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, while the Moto E4 Plus gets 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Both devices support expandable storage up to 128GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. The Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus run Android 7.1.1 Nougat with support for Moto customisation like Moto Display.
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The Moto E4 features an 8MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP secondary camera with a dedicated flash. The Moto E4 Plus, on the other hand, gets a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. It sports a 5MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. The Moto E4 is backed by a 2800mAh battery, while the E4 Plus gets a larger 5000mAh battery, and will be available in gold and grey colour variants.
When it comes to the build, both the smartphones have mettalic designs, which gives them a sturdy feel. Starting with the smaller of the two, the Moto E4, the device has a very ergonomic design that fits well for single handed use. It reminds me of the days of the Nexus 4 (without the glass build) and that is a good thing. It weighs about 150 grams making it quite light. It isn’t the slimmest phone we’ve seen, measuring about 9.3mm in thickness but the metal build and rounded edges makes it a well-built device.
Moving to the Moto E4 Plus, the device has a 5.5-inch display and weighs about 198 grams. It is 9.6mm thick and feels thicker than the average phones. But that’s acceptable since it features a 5000mAh battery that will of course be the highlight, apart from the stock Android 7.1.1 experience. Just to be clear, both the devices run on Android 7 out-of-the-box. The phone also sports round edges and a metal body, like its smaller sibling, but in my book the Moto E4 is more ergonomic than the E4 Plus. Having said that if you are looking for a 5.5-inch display then you will find the Moto E4 Plus ergonomic as well.
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The fingerprint sensor is below the display on both devices, that doubles up as a navigation button as well. It is a feature that we found on the Moto G5 as well. The One-button navigation feature is quite interesting. You essentially swipe left on the fingerprint sensor to go back, swipe right to launch multitasking, tap it to go home and long press to lock the screen. It eliminates on-screen buttons, giving you more display real estate.
We would like to talk about the cameras of the two smartphones as well and apart from the fact that there is a front facing flash on both the devices and the camera app launches quickly, there is little we can tell you about the image quality without spending some more time with the devices.
To make the Moto E4 Plus a more attractive proposition than its online competitors, Moto is giving away the Moto Pulse 2 headphones with it, at Rs 649, along with a free two-month premium subscription to the Hotstar streaming app. Idea subscribers get 84GB data for 3 months at Rs 443, while Jio subscribers get additional 30GB free data. The company is offering up to Rs 9,000 on the exchange of an old phone along with a guaranteed buyback of Rs 4,000. Having said that, both the devices will go up against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 4, Yu Yureka Black, Lenovo K6 Power and more. Do the devices offer enough to be noticed or will they drown in the crowd? Stay tuned for our review to find out!
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Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.