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First Moto G (4th gen.) and “Moto G4 Plus” details emerge

The first specs have emerged for the Moto G (4th gen.) and specs and images of a "Moto G4 Plus" have appeared as well.

Published onApril 16, 2016

Moto G4 Plus leak
Update, April 18: Two new photos of the Moto G4 have leaked, giving us out first clear look at the fingerprint scanner and the rear of the device.

Original post, April 16: While we still don’t have much to go on regarding the first Lenovo-branded Moto devices to appear this year, we do have a few names. The Moto X3 appeared on the import tracking site Zauba recently and now the first the Moto G (4th gen.) specs have emerged and images of a Moto G4 Plus have appeared as well.

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Moto G4 Plus

It’s important to note that none of these images, names or specs are anywhere near official, but they do come from generally reliable sources. Twitter leaker Evan Blass posted a heavily doctored image of the bottom edge of a device featuring a square home button that is likely a fingerprint scanner with the text: Moto G4 Plus. (No Moto G4 Plus specs were listed.)

A commenter on Blass’ tweet “confirmed” the name and stated it is being tested at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, later tweeting “for the Moto G4 Plus I can only go on what I see. And it was pretty darn nice. Expect a nice looking evolution in Motorola’s design language.” Another commenter re-posted the image at the top of this article which appeared a few weeks back and also features a similarly-shaped physical home button.

Moto G4 Plus twitter leak

Lenovo has already confirmed that its Moto-branded devices this year will feature a fingerprint scanner, and while the naming convention may sound odd, it does make better sense to call a fourth generation Moto G the Moto G4 instead. As with many other other devices lately, the “Plus” is being assumed to refer to a larger-screened variant of a smaller original.

Moto G (4th generation)

Which brings us to the next tweet which comes from the source of the two recently leaked mid-range Galaxy devices as well as the Zauba listing for the Moto X3. The tweet reportedly reveals the specs for two Moto G variants with the same screen size, with both devices presumably available in May.

Moto G Plus: 5.5in, 16 MP cam, 16 GB. 280 Euro. Moto G 4th Gen: 5.5in, 13 MP cam, 16 GB. 240 Euro. both black or white. available May. boom.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) April 16, 2016

The Moto G (4th gen.) specs listed include a 5.5-inch display, 16 GB ROM, 13 MP camera and 240 Euro price tag, while the “Moto G Plus” specs include the same sized screen and internal storage but a larger 16 MP camera and 280 Euro price tag. Without further specs to go on its hard to say to what degree the Moto G Plus (or Moto G4 Plus) might be a more premium version of the standard Moto G4, but at least it reveals the possibility of the Plus referring to better specs rather than a larger size.

As usual, take all of this with the usual level of skepticism, but now that the first specs, images and details have emerged, you can bet that more leaks will be coming in the very near future. In the meantime, hit the comments to let us know what you’re expecting of Motorola’s first devices under the Lenovo banner.

Are you excited for Moto devices under Lenovo? How do you think they will change?

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