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Moto G4 leaked in hands-on video, aka Moto G 4th generation

A new video of the unannounced Moto G4 has appeared, showing us the device from all angles and alongside a

Published onApril 19, 2016

Moto G4 back crop

Those Moto G4 leaks just keep on coming, but this time they’ve stepped things up a notch. A new video has appeared on YouTube, showing a fully functioning Moto G 4th generation prototype in the flesh. The video shows most of the features we’ve seen in previous leaks, although this unit has on-screen buttons without a physical home button.

Flashbacks and Forecasts: Motorola in 2016

We get a good look at the camera bump on the back and the minor degree to which the device wobbles on a flat surface. There’s a power button and volume rocker on the right hand edge and a centered USB charging port on the bottom, although we can’t really tell if it’s USB Type-C or not. It appears the only speaker is the in-call speaker at the top of the display and at 0:27 we can see the “lip” that allows the back cover to be easily removed.

We get a look at Active Display on the device, as well as the stock-looking home screen. We also get a bit of a look at the “mystery hole” on the front face of the chin below the screen (with another on the back near the camera). It certainly doesn’t look as invisible as most LED notifications lights, so it may well turn out to be a pinhole mic after all, or something else entirely.

The most interesting detail though is the absence of a physical home button. Previous leaks have shown a physical home button that presumably also houses a fingerprint scanner, although several commenters have noted some of these images look Photoshopped. Whether this is the case or it will only be the Moto G4 Plus that gets a fingerprint scanner, we’ll have to wait and see.

See below for the previously leaked photos of the Moto G4.


Previous post, April 18: It was only a few days ago that we first heard the names Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus and we predicted that it wouldn’t be long until the next round of leaks appeared. That day has already come, with two new caught-in-the-wild shots of the Moto G4 showing up, detailing both sides of the first Lenovo-branded Moto device for 2016.

The most interesting of the two photos gives us our first clear look at the rear of the device, complete with a pill-shaped camera array. There are two unidentified sensors above the camera lens and what looks to be a two-tone flash beneath it.

The material on the back looks to be a rubberized plastic and the camera ensemble is now housed behind glass (what we’re hoping is Sapphire Glass). A mystery hole lies to the side of the camera and could be a pinhole mic, although its positioning is very strange indeed.

Moto G4 front and back leak

Another “mystery hole” sits on the front of the phone to the side of the physical home button. While it’s location makes more sense for a mic, it is also in a very odd position design-wise. It could also be an LED notification light, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out for sure.

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The same familiar square-shaped finger scanner appears yet again, with its raised edges making it look like a clickable button of the Galaxy S7 variety rather than a capacitive sensor like that found on the OnePlus 2 (assuming it hasn’t been Photoshopped in). I for one can’t see a USB port or speaker grill anywhere. While we can’t see any Lenovo branding in the photos it may well appear at the bottom on the rear of the device.

What do you think of the new-look Moto G4? Do you think Lenovo’s influence is visible?

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