Moto E4 Plus


T3 India - - HYPE -

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

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