Moto had announced a couple of budget smartphones in the C series in India some weeks back. Presently the company has announced the new gadgets in E series, which is the 4th generation of E series in India. The new gadgets announced are Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus. The Moto E4 is the cheaper of the lot and also is available in the local market for a price of Rs 8,642.
In this post, we will have a detailed look into Moto E4 to see whether it has the punch to beat Redmi 4 which is most likely the best in the segment.
Design and Build:
In the design part, Lenovo has followed the similar design language as that of Moto G5 Plus with a circular camera unit on the back panel. The phone built with metal body and the finishing looks really good and impressive for a budget offering. The back panel is removable and so is the battery. The front panel houses the 5 inch HD display and below it have the fingerprint scanner. The navigation buttons are on screen and on top of the display you can see the 5MP camera for selfies, sensors and also a LED flash. The right side comes with the power and volume keys while the bottom part has the micro USB charging slot. The top panel comes with the 3.5mm audio jack while the speaker unit is located on the back panel.
The back panel has the 8MP camera and a LED flash arranged in a circular unit and below that, you have the Moto logo. Overall for a budget gadget, the Moto E4 comes with a sturdy build quality and fit and finish and there is hardly anything to complain here.
Moto E4 accompanies a 5 inch HD display at 720P. It does feature a 2.5D curved display and looks good. There is no protection offered on the display. The display looks great in terms of the colors and contrast. The brightness levels are a bit lower than expected yet very OK for outdoor visibility. The touch response on the display is very good and so are the viewing angles. Overall, the 5 inch HD display on Moto E4 does a satisfactory job overall considering the price segment it is offered.
Moto smartphones are mostly known for software which is often the latest version. Moto E4 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and this is the latest version. The UI is quite similar to what we have seen on most Moto smartphones with stock Android experience. The notification panel and quick toggles are exactly as in stock UI. The smartphone comes with an app drawer similar to the other Moto phones.
Like other Moto smartphones, the Moto E4 comes with the Moto app which provides additional gestures and Moto display. It comes with an FM radio app, other than this there are no pre-installed apps on the smartphone. If you want a basic, simple UI, the Moto E4 provides a good software experience particularly for people who love stock Android.
Moto E4 is powered by a quad core Mediatek MT6737 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. In day to day jobs, the Moto E4 was quite decent and performed tasks without any major problems. But when you push it harder with heavy multi tasking, you can see a bit of lag in performance. The performance would have been better if Lenovo had delivered with a better chipset in this price segment. Additionally, interesting to note that it accompanies Snapdragon chipset in US variant, while India gets Mediatek.
The gaming review of the gadget was just average and with high graphic settings, it was lagging performance. But playing games in medium graphic setting was a much better option and gave satisfactory experience. The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage and you get close to 10GB of storage on the first boot. There is also a micro SD card slot along with dual SIM cards. The call quality of the phone was quite satisfying and it supports VoLTE. The speaker performance is again quite decent.
The fingerprint scanner on the smartphone does a decent job in unlocking the device. It can also be used for one button navigation where in you can disable on screen buttons and use the fingerprint scanner for navigation.
Moto E4 packs an 8MP back camera with LED flash and also a front facing 5MP camera for selfies. There is also a front facing LED flash. The camera interface is normal Moto interface but comes with just basic options like panorama, photo and video modes. The video recording is limited to 720p since the chipset does not support 1080p recording. The back camera has great color quality for a phone in the budget segment, but the sharpness levels are too low and you could see noise in the photos towards the edges.
The close-up images came out pretty well, however again it has the issue of focusing close-up images like other Moto gadgets. The low light performance was strictly average and you could see a lot of noise in low light images. The selfies turned out to be again decent but not the best in this category. Here are some of the samples taken with the device.
The Moto E4 packs a smaller capacity 2800mAh battery contrasted with 5000mAh on Moto E4 Plus. The battery performance of the gadget was quite decent and you can get through one of battery life. The MediaTek MT6737 is not a very power saving chipset but does a satisfactory job with battery performance. If you want added battery performance, you should be looking at Moto E4 Plus, Redmi Note 4 or Redmi 4.
Priced at Rs 8,642, the Moto E4 offers conventional specs at the sub 10k price point. It has a great build, decent display, latest software and offline availability. While the Moto E4 will not be the greatest smartphone in this price segment, it offers great value for people looking for latest stock Android experience without any bloatware.