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Motorola Moto G4 Play vs the competition in India

With the launch of the Moto G4 Play in India, we compare it to other similarly priced devices, including the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, and the LeEco Le 1s Eco!
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September 6, 2016

The Motorola Moto G4 Play will be available in India from tonight at 10 PM, and as is the case with the other members of the Moto G4 family, the device will be exclusive to Amazon. Its price point of Rs 8,999 ~($135) puts the phone squarely in the sub-Rs 10,000 category, where it faces some stiff competition.

How does the Moto G4 Play compare to some of the other similarly-priced smartphones that are available in India? We find out, as we take a by the numbers look at the Moto G4 Play vs Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime vs LeEco Le 1s Eco!

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Motorola Moto G4 Play

When it comes to design and build quality, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime and the Le Eco Le 1s Eco feature full metal unibody constructions, that make the device feel solid and sturdy. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus features metal on the back and sides, while the Moto G4 Play is built entirely of plastic.

You get a more premium look and feel with the other devices, but the build material of the G4 Play is also solid, and allows for a lot of grip, resulting in a better handling experience when compared to the metal smartphones.

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LeEco Le 1s Eco

The Motorola, Xiaomi, and Lenovo smartphones feature 5-inch displays, while the LeEco device comes with a larger 5.5-inch screen. All are of the IPS LCD display, but when it comes to the resolution, the Redmi 3S Prime and the Le 1s Eco have the upper hand, with both coming with Full HD displays, even though 720p isn’t particularly bad either on the G4 Play and Vibe K5 Plus, given the size of the screen.

While the Moto G4 Play comes with 2 GB of RAM, all the other devices offer 3 GB RAM. The processing package of the G4 Play is also showing its age, compared to newer and more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processors of the Vibe K5 Plus and Redmi 3S Prime, and the MediaTek processor of the Le 1s Eco.

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Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

The battery is a highlight of the the Xiaomi smartphone, which packs a huge 4,100 mAh unit, and provides far more in terms of battery life compared to the other devices. However, the battery of the Moto G4 Play is removable, giving users the option to carry around a spare if required.

The camera packages are mostly standard across the board, with the exception of the Moto G4 Play, which comes with only a 8 MP rear shooter, while all the other devices come with 13 MP primary cameras. The Redmi 3S Prime and Le 1s Eco also include fingerprint scanners, which isn’t available with the Motorola or Lenovo smartphones.

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Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

Finally, we take a look at the pricing. All these smartphones fall in the sub-Rs 10,000 category, with the LeEco Le 1s Eco the most expensive of the lot, priced at Rs 9,999 (~$150), while the cheapest is the Vibe K5 Plus, priced at Rs 8,499 (~$128). The Moto G4 Play and the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime are both priced at Rs 8,999 (~$135).

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Display
Motorola Moto G4 Play
5-inch IPS LCD display
720 x 1280 resolution, 294 ppi
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
5-inch IPS LCD display
1080 x 1920 resolution, 441 ppi
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
5-inch IPS LCD display
720 x 1280 resolution, 294 ppi
LeEco Le 1s Eco
5.5-inch IPS LCD display
1080 x 1920 resolution, 401 ppi
Processor
Motorola Moto G4 Play
1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Adreno 306 GPU
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor
Adreno 405 GPU
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
Adreno 505 GPU
LeEco Le 1s Eco
2.2 GHz MediaTek Helio X10 processor
PowerVR G6200 GPU
RAM
Motorola Moto G4 Play
2 GB
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
3 GB
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
3 GB
LeEco Le 1s Eco
3 GB
Storage
Motorola Moto G4 Play
16 GB
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
16 GB
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
32 GB
LeEco Le 1s Eco
32 GB
microSD card expansion
Motorola Moto G4 Play
Yes
Up to 256 GB
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Yes
Up to 128 GB
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
Yes
up to 256 GB
LeEco Le 1s Eco
No
Fingerprint sensor
Motorola Moto G4 Play
No
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
No
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
Yes
LeEco Le 1s Eco
Yes
Connectivity
Motorola Moto G4 Play
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS + GLONASS
FM Radio
NFC
microUSB 2.0
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS + GLONASS
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS + GLONASS
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0
LeEco Le 1s Eco
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS + GLONASS
USB Type-C 1.0
Camera
Motorola Moto G4 Play
8 MP rear camera, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash
5 MP front-facing camera
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
13 MP rear camera, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash
5 MP front-facing camera
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
13 MP rear camera, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
5 MP front-facing camera
LeEco Le 1s Eco
13 MP rear camera
5 MP front-facing camera
Battery
Motorola Moto G4 Play
2,800 mAh
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
2,750 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
4,100 mAh
LeEco Le 1s Eco
3,000 mAh
Software
Motorola Moto G4 Play
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
LeEco Le 1s Eco
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Dimensions
Motorola Moto G4 Play
144.4 x 72 x 9.9 mm
137 grams
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
142 x 71 x 8 mm
142 grams
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm
144 grams
LeEco Le 1s Eco
151.1 x 74.2 x 7.6 mm
169 grams
Price
Motorola Moto G4 Play
Rs 8,999 (~$135)
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Rs 8,499 (~$128)
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
Rs 8,999 (~$135)
LeEco Le 1s Eco
Rs 9,999 (~$150)

So, there you have it for this quick look at the Moto G4 Play vs the competition it faces in the Indian smartphone market! Admittedly, the Motorola smartphone does fall short when compared to the other devices on the list, and Motorola will have to bank on the reliability and name recognition that the Moto brand enjoys.

Unless you are looking for a device with a higher resolution display, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime does seem to be the best option, with its premium construction, fingerprint scanner, and huge battery.

How do you think the Moto G4 Play will fare in this competitive market? Which do you think is the best option in this price range? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!