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Moto G4 leak: better camera, NFC + more on the rumored all-metal Moto X4

New information believed to be related to Motorola's Moto G (4th Edition) has been discovered, shedding some light on the as-of-yet unannounced product.

Published onMay 7, 2016

Moto G4

For a fair part of 2016, images have been floating around the internet of a mysterious Mototola-made smartphone that has been more or less branded as the new Moto G. Motorola itself, of course, has been mum on the matter. Something is going to happen soon though, as evident by the OEM’s recent PR circulation of a drumming up hype for a planned event in India to be held on May 17th.

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

A Tweet from Roland Quandt points to an import listing for India’s Zauba database:

As can be seen above, several key details can be gleaned:

  1. The Moto G (4th Edition) is alledegly being called “Athene” internally.
  2. There will apparently be two configurations of the Moto G (4th) Edition retail, a lower-end model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, and a higher end-model with 3GB RAM/32GB of on-board storage.
  3. The lower end model will have a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser focus and auto focus, and the higher end model will have a 16-megapixel camera with laser focus and auto focus.
  4. Both models will have a 5-megapixel front facing camera.
Motorola begins teasing new phone, likely the new Moto G

Mr. Quandt then Tweeted a follow-up with another link to Zauba, from today:

And here is the key data from the link embedded:

DateHS CodeDescriptionOrigin CountryPort of DischargeUnitQuantityValue (INR)Per Unit (INR)
4-May-201685171290(FOC) MOTOROLA, XT1643, RETAIL, BLK, IN, 32GB (AP3734AE7K8)(MOTOROLA MOTO G)ChinaBanglore Air CargoNOS30326,43910,881
4-May-201685171290(FOC) MOTORALA,XT1643, RETAIL,WHT, IN, 32GB (AP3734AD1K8) (MOTOROLA MOTO G)ChinaBanglore Air CargoNOS30325,16210,839

This listing gives some additional information:

  1. There will be a Black color retail model and a White color retail model.
  2. The 32GB model will be a retail configuration.
  3. The phones will likely be sold as item number XT1643.

And just for good measure, a user replying to yet another Tweet by Mr. Quandt claims to have the entire system dump for the product and posted this:

Motorola schedules May 17 launch event, could be for the Moto G4


While all of this should technically be taken with a grain of salt, the fact that the data comes from official import listing databases would imply a more legitimate nature to the leak. Still, companies can send products around the world for testing any time they want, so this, in and of itself, is not confirmation of anything per se.

Still, there is a larger question to ask, namely: is the lower-end model going to be the Moto G (4th Edition) and the higher end model the Moto G4 Pro, or will the Pro in fact be a totally different product entirely? In the last Tweet listed, it states that the Moto G4 Pro, while still called Althene, will go by product number XT1643.

Side Note: Moto X

Before signing off, there is one more quick bit to point out, a recent Tweet from Evan Blass, aka @evleaks:

Could this indeed be what the new Moto X will look like?

Regarding the Moto G4, we thus wait until more leaks can be let loose, or until the more traditional way of finding out: Motorola’s press event on the 17th. Regarding the Moto X however, it is currently unknown as to when an unveiling event would take place.

What do you think? Is the Moto G4 looking good? Leave your comments below!