Moto E4 Plus
Moto has been pretty active lately!
They sure have. They rolled out three devices in the span of a month. The E series rests firmly between the budget C and higher-end G series.
So what’s new in the E4, because the design looks quite familiar.
Metal makes its much-awaited debut in the E series and that familiarity is because Moto has decided to adopt a uniform design strategy for its devices. Sadly, that includes the rear camera bump which is highly prone to scratches.
Doesn’t seem like an under-10k device at all.
It really doesn’t. While it’s a bit on the heavier side, the heft is evenly distributed, resulting in a device that feels good to hold. Under the display is the fingerprint scanner doubling as the One Key Navigation button where you can perform navigation gestures.
Feels good to see Moto become competitive. But what’s the killer feature here?
It’s the massive 5000mAh battery providing two days of backup. Don’t be worried about the charging time because a 10W fast charger is bundled as well, although it uses the older micro-USB port. So just a few minutes of charging provides hours of battery life.
Amazing. Is Moto still flying the stock android flag high?
More than ever. The E4 Plus runs a near-stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box while others are still sleeping on an the older Marshmallow OS disguised with a custom UI. At least this way we can get timely updates from the company, although parent company Lenovo has come under the fire for delaying them.
You said near stock. What have they modified?
Nothing too intrusive or performance impacting. An improved version of Moto Display which lets users reply to notifications directly from the locked screen. And of course, Moto Actions is ever present for gesture-based actions.
I’m curious about the E4 as well.
Think of it as a smaller and lighter version of the E4 Plus with lesser RAM, storage, battery and rear-camera resolution. With a price difference of `1,000, we’d recommend the E4 Plus over it any day.
A dedicated LED flash is present on both the cameras