Lenovo is evidently into the low-end market.
With phones such as the Moto E4 Plus and the standard Moto E4, Moto G5 Plus and the base model Moto G5 as well as their improved Moto G5S series, the company is making some serious efforts towards conquering this market.
Despite the honorable mentions of other Motorola phones in the market, the Moto E4 Plus stands out. The phone has a price tag of about $180 for the unlocked model, which means it can be used with just about every carrier, be it GSM or CDMA.
If you been closely monitoring Motorola since Lenovo took over a few years ago, you’ll see the same design patterns on the Moto E4 Plus, but the phone is a little thicker than others. The screen size stands at 5.5 inches with an HD resolution and just below it, you’ll come across a pill-shaped fingerprint scanner. As for power and volume rockers, you can find them on the right-hand side of the phone.
Being a budget phone, it’s no strange that the Moto E4 Plus has a microUSB port for charging and PC connectivity purposes. The 3.5mm audio jack is also available and on the back you find a circular-shaped shooter alongside a LED flash. The rear panel can be removed, giving you access to the microSD and SIM card slots, however, you won’t be able to remove the battery.
As noted earlier, the Moto E4 Plus has just about the same design language as the rest of the Motorola family, but for the thickness. Measuring a massive 9.55mm thick, the phone will, at first, surprise you, especially if you are used to the many slim phones in the market. But of course, there’s a reason for this massive thickness – you get a monster 5000mAh battery unit.
In fact, the battery capacity is the selling point of the Moto E4 Plus. At 5000mAh, you will struggle finding a phone that can match this unit while at the same time offering what the phone has on the table. With this size, there are definitely huge expectations behind the phone and honestly, you won’t be disappointed with what you get.
With about 3 hours of screen on time and more than a day (12 hours) after taking the Moto E4 Plus off the charger, you will surprised to see the phone’s battery still at about 80%. There’s no phone, especially in the high-end market, that can manage the same. Usually, you’d end up with about 30% by the time bedtime comes on the best phones such as Samsung Galaxy S8. It gets even better when it comes to standby time, with the E4 Plus capable of managing close to a week on a single charge, even with cellular and Wi-Fi networks active.
This impressive battery life is further coupled with a bunch of great hardware specs. The Moto E4 Plus, in addition to carrying a huge but battery-saving 5.5-inch HD display screen, also ships with a powerful low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor, a quad-core chipset clocked at 1.4GHz and mated with an Adreno 308 GPU alongside 2GB RAM. The phone has two storage options of either 16GB or 32GB, but both can be expanded via a microSD card.
In terms of cameras, the Moto E4 Plus has a 13MP camera on the back that includes an aperture of f/2.0, LED flash, HDR, digital zoom and panorama, among other features. The front shooter gets a 5MP lens with an f/2.2 aperture and can record up to 1080p videos. For the software, the E4 Plus comes with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box while the entire body has a water repellant nano-coating, which is unusual for phones in this market segment.