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Motorola Moto E4 Plus: 5.5-inch smartphone with quad-core, 13MP-5MP camera, 5000 mAh battery and latest Nougat OS

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Based on the above alone, we might find that Motorola Moto E4 Plus is slightly on the expensive side of things at $205 USD. Read on more to find out the truth behind it…

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The E-series by Motorola is meant to be for the entry-level market, just below the G-series. The previous version dubbed Moto E 2016, which is the third generation was released back in September 2016 with the following specs:

  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~294 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Oleophobic coating
  • Mediatek MT6735P chipset, Quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720 graphics and 1GB RAM
  • 8MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 8GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 32GB maximum
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS
  • Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
  • September 2016 release date
  • 4G LTE
  • $129 USD price tag

There’s nothing much to shout about with regards to Moto E 2016 (also called Moto E3) other than its relatively cheap price tag. But when you take into consideration its poor hardware, decent camera and limited storage, it turned out to be a poor smartphone when compared against others in its price range.

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Well then, what’s the fate of Moto E4 Plus in 2017 now? Here’s the lowdown of the smartphone:

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~267 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Oleophobic coating
  • Mediatek MT6737M chipset, Quad-core 1.25 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720MP2 graphics and 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1 OS
  • Removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery
  • Q3 2017 expected release date
  • 4G LTE
  • ~$205 USD price tag

For starters, the Plus in Moto E4 Plus means that it will now be sporting a larger 5.5-inch IPS screen. But, with just a High Definition resolution these days just doesn’t cut it. And not with its price tag. Well, at least there’s Gorilla Glass 3 protection and oleophobic coating to protect the smartphone against falls and scratches.

Performance-wise, Moto E4 Plus also seems to fall short with just a lowly quad-core processor and either 2GB or 3GB RAM. You might notice it run very slow on most parts.

As for its camera, there’s the 13MP-5MP camera combo which is good enough for your daily usage and pictures are ready to be uploaded and shared to your favourite social media sites.

Regarding storage, again it just meets the needs of most users by providing 16GB of internal storage for you to install basic apps and games. But at least there’s an expansion slot that can easily take it up to 128GB of space.

One good thing about the Moto E4 Plus is the availability of the latest Nougat 7.1.1 operating system right out of the box upon its release. We all know how this OS helps struggling devices and optimises it further.

Finally, a really big 5000 mAh battery is available on the Moto E4 Plus which can easily power up the smartphone for two days it seems. Now that’s something we don’t normally find on an entry-level device.

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Conclusion:

If the price is correct, then Motorola Moto E4 Plus might find it hard against other competitors in its price range. With an HD resolution, poor hardware and limited storage are some of its negative points and doesn’t do justice for a smartphone that is priced more than $200 USD.

Motorola Moto E4 Plus is expected to be available in Q3 2017 for ~$205 USD and is expected to be available in Gray and Gold colour.

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