Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is stylish and also very lightweight (only 1.19 Kg), and, among the belt that allows the joint to 360 degrees and the outer structure where the keyboard, you really feel like you use a premium product.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro review

The dimensions are contained, but still the screen does not occupy the entire surface, leaving about 1 cm frame the sides: the difference is felt, especially in tablet mode. Apple, with Continuity, wanted to offer a continuous user experience across multiple devices, Lenovo instead with Yoga 3 Pro convertible wanted to offer well 4 all different from each other, on the same device.

At first it may be inconvenient to change orientation given the screen size (13 inches longer frame). However, after a while the mode change is quick and easy, and you realize that switch modes with a keyboard without making much faster some operations that are performed with greater ease with the touchscreen.

For example, you can use desktop mode to search for a video on YouTube with the physical keyboard and then, after finding the video, go to tablet mode or stand to make the most of the display in very high resolution. Or, you can write a document with the physical keyboard and then switch to tablet mode to review it by emphasizing the parties to review. In short, the possible applications are many, and it shows.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is powered by a 1.3 GHz Intel Core dual core, M-5Y70 to 4 threads. The first-level cache is 128 KB: 32KBx2 and 32KBx2, the second-level cache is 256KBx2, while the third tier is 4 MB. Are also installed 8 GB of RAM and a graphics card integrated Intel HD 5300, who runs smoothly the impressive resolution of the display, while the storage is a 256 GB SSD.

Crown all a camera that takes photos and video turns up to 720 p and behaving fairly even in low-light conditions, illuminating the subject and keeping in the dark on the second floor.

The screen is composed of a panel QHD + with resolution 3200 × 1800 with refresh rate to 60 Hz, a true wonder. Not everywhere, though. This resolution, in fact, is not handled well at all by many software like iTunes, Evernote and GeekBench, or increase the space by placing items – you see, so tiny compared to desktop icons – or shells each item and, in General, all the layout and make it fit to the size of the display. A vision that could also annoy eyes after an extended period of time.

Yoga 3 Pro is provided completely on the connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac dual band and Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connections and 2 USB 3.0 ports, SD slot and headphone jack for connections with wire.

the power cable should be USB to proprietary formats: theoretically could be attached to any transformer or even to another PC for charging, but this system recognizes only the original transformer Lenovo.

The operating system preinstalled on Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is Windows 64 bit, 8.1 to run smoothly and without jamming. The optimization of Lenovo in this sense is one of the best on Windows. However, moving from tablet to notebook mode, the system does not recognize the primary input, then the Exchange always cursor disappears and it becomes very difficult to navigate through the screens. The situation, curious, occurs mostly with Google Chrome, which evidently is not well optimized.

Keyboards – the physical and one onscreen – are not very intuitive: the function keys (F1, F2, etc.) are present – on your physical keyboard – as a second function compared with the number keys, and can be accessed by holding down the Fn key on the bottom right, as also the keyboard shortcuts – volume up and down, up and down and keyboard backlight brightness. In why should not access these functions using the keyboard is due to the fact that in Windows 8.1 is very simple to access them with a single swipe to the Center from the right side of the screen.

Lenovo preinstalled apps finally improve a whole range of specific parameters and enable the quick functions: Lenovo Lenovo Lenovo Support, Hightail for Setting (to share files between users), Lenovo Motion Control (for controlling functions with air gesture by exploiting the camera – but it doesn’t seem to work fine), Lenovo SHAREit, Lenovo VeriFace Pro, Lenovo’s Reach. Of these, some are perhaps of questionable usefulness, but overall help to improve the user experience.

My tests with Geekbench on Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, is a score of 2541 in single-core and multi-core, 4803 in a result in line with the latest Ultrabooks and even some-more of the new MacBook, for example.

The fluidity in the whole system Note: the computer turns in about 8 seconds and favourable environmental conditions – i.e. outside temperature less than 30 degrees to the upper part of the base warms up only slightly, reducing to a sporadic episode starting the fan.

On the other hand the fan should not be present in Yoga 3 Pro, having a CPU Core M that doesn’t require it, but Lenovo increased power dissipation to allow increasing the CPU clock rate itself, hence the need for increased cooling. When the PC is put under stress and it becomes impossible to keep the device on your lap or in your hand due to the very high temperature generated, clearly feels a rustling sound coming from the top right corner.

The tests on the SSD turned out average: with CristalDiskMark you are reached 546.3 MB/s write and 264.0 Mb/s read. In practice this means that a file size of 2 GB is transferred to a USB 2.0 in about 3 minutes.

With CineBench score is very poor result, finally just 18.39 fps in Full HD rendering, but there is an explanation: it seems that, as already explained, some software may not support the high resolution screen and also manage items by driver Intel is not optimal. This means that the layout of the interface of a software to apply the upscaling, greatly reducing the performance.

With regard to system optimization, the Adaptive brightness is not instantaneous and it shows clearly that the system applies a scale to gradually change the luminance level of the display. It’s not a subtle step, which could annoy.

The audio will also be JBL, then stood for quality, but the choice of Lenovo is not clear: the sound comes from all over the base, is not well equalized and quite low in all four possible positions.

Also in Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a software for the management of audio streams, MAXXAudio, but 90% of the time the croaking sound which is activated. The problem arises because MAXXAudio would seem to be on by default, at least in test units, and this might suggest that the sound card is damaged. It probably works better with high-quality audio sources, but in everyday use it’s not often you play audio in stereo.

Test drive, finally, have problems with the configuration of wireless headphones, particularly with Wireless PowerBeats2: the sound was played despite the headphones were recognized by the operating system. This situation repeated itself often and only after few restarts the problem solved itself.
Autonomy

In different contexts, i.e. PDF display, audio/video playback, web browsing, autonomy has never lasted more than 5 hours. From extensive testing on the battery, stressing the CPU with particular processes, it is always reached the threshold of 4 hours.

Specifically, a typical example of heavy use this Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is: four consecutive hours contained in video streaming to 480, about three and a half hours when it comes to 720 p resolution; with normal use, or simple word processing, web browsing with Chrome and PDF display, you are not able to go beyond the 5 hours. For a notebook that eventuality becomes tablet isn’t a good autonomy.

In Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro the potential is there. A convertible notebook like this is definitely the perfect choice for those looking for a laptop to be more efficient at work and a tablet for watching movies or Tv series or playing with a large screen.

However, the price range in which it is situated makes it very accessible to a large segment of users, especially considering the low quality of speaker (at least on test units).

Lenovo Moto G4 Play Review

Lenovo decided this year that the family Moto G had to have three representatives. After having reviewed then Moto G4 and G4 motorcycle Plus, here comes on the market, even the cheapest version of the family, which is the new G4 motorcycle Play.La motorcycle G4 Pack Play is very sparse. The only accessory is embedded with wire feeder. You will be unable to use lead or separate power supply. The power supply is then a venerable 5V/0.55 in.

Lenovo G4 motorcycle Play is compact and comfortable to hold. Is often 9.9 mm and weighs 137 grams but as a whole is a smartphone that in your Pocket will not at all feel, thanks to its rounded forms that still does not make it not too slippery. Is made of plastic and the removable back cover gives free access to the battery and to spaces for the two SIM.

G4 Play comes with a Snapdragon processor 1.2 GHz quad core processor 410 Adreno 306. This coupled begins to show signs of age but still behaves so egregious as regards the common features. The RAM is 2 GB and 16 GB internal memory and is expandable using amounts to a microSD, without this way never prevent you from using the dual SIM feature. Sufficient connectivity. We have the Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth monoband 4.1, while missing the NFC chip. There is not even the notification led, replaced instead by the motion Display.

Absent the gyroscope and the digital compass, whereas there’s FM radio. The speaker is “shared” with the earbud and performs a mixed success. It’s more than enough on speaker although at full volume tends to croak and vibrate the phone. With media instead behaves discreetly: quality is merely adequate but there is enough volume to watch a video. We then noticed strange behavior of software that sometimes tends to limit the volume, sometimes it doesn’t.

The 8 megapixel main camera quality ƒ/2.2 are more than enough for a smartphone in this category. Images with good light is more than enough, even if the shutter speed and focus is not instantaneous and automatic HDR there seemed too effective. In the evening the shots require a bit of a steady hand but are still usable for social networks, although the images are quite mixed. Video is recorded in Full HD and the front-facing camera is a 5 megapixel camera. The screen is a 5 inch IPS display with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). This is a decent and honest Panel for this type of product, while tilting it slightly to yellow tent and overall it looks slightly washed out. Very good front that guarantees perfect visibility oleophobic treatment in virtually all conditions. Good brightness and its automatic adjustment.

Android on this G4 motorcycle Play is updated to version 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is offered in a pretty much stock, or with Android as Google has conceived. The only changes that are relate to the dual SIM support and the app Motorcycle that integrates inside only two features that probably you might already know: Bike Display to show the arrival of notifications even locked screen (but there are motion activation feature) and how they are used to a hand that goes to zoom out the screen. Unfortunately lacks the gesture to start the camera and torch.

Network Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Launch Announced 2016, May
Status Available. Released 2016, August
Body Dimensions 144.4 x 72 x 9.9 mm (5.69 x 2.83 x 0.39 in)
Weight 137 g (4.83 oz)
SIM Micro-SIM
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~66.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Platform OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 306
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 8/16 GB, 1/2 GB RAM
Camera Primary 8 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.2
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes (optional)
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0
Features Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Battery Removable Li-Po 2800 mAh battery
Misc Colors Black, White

Overall the software is simple being based on a stock version of Android and overall enough fluid to run virtually all common operations. 2800 mAh removable battery ensures your smartphone even till 2 days autonomy when using medium and always a full day with heavy use. Shame about the extremely slow recharging with the supplied power supply unit. Lenovo G4 motorcycle Play is currently marketed in Europe at a price of ePRICE 132€, interesting when you consider the possibilities of this smartphone.

Lenovo P2 Review

Lenovo is a very strong brand mobile market but lately became known in Europe mainly for product family brand motorcycle. But it seems that the company wants to prove that even without the legacy of Manso can do well. So here’s to you Lenovo P2. Inside the box you will find a fast Lenovo stretched P2 power supply 12V/2A, a microUSB to USB cable and also a welcome USB OTG adapter.

Lenovo P2 is not a compact smartphone, but considering the battery very roomy work space and weight optimisation is absolutely remarkable. The smartphone is in fact just 8.3 mm thin and weighs 177 grams. Is made of metal and has a particularly refined design but is still pleasant and very different from what one would expect from a product from long range, usually characterized by raw shells, in favor of a more capacious battery. You use quite well with just one hand for simpler operations, but in the long term, as with all smartphones like this, you’ll have to use it with two hands.

Within this P2 of Lenovo include a 2 GHz processor with GPU 625 octa-core Snadpragon Adreno 506. Performance, even compared to energy consumption, are quite good, thanks to 4 GB of RAM (although most of the stores carry 3 GB). 32 GB internal memory and is expandable through a totalled microSD, but it must be to occupy the same slot dedicated to the second SIM. Decent connectivity: good 4 g connection up to 300 Mbps, ok on Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with 5 GHz band support full. We finally 4.1 Bluetooth and NFC, in addition to FM radio.

The notification led is present on the front while a bit small and encased and not always easy to see it Flash. Good audio that is generated by the speaker, with a quality and an above-average volume. On the front there is a physical key home that doubles as a fast and accurate fingerprint reader: just place your finger to activate it.

The main camera of this P2 has a 13 megapixel camera, while the front stops at 5 megapixels. This is a resolution more than acceptable and the results are more than good. There’s a Smart mode that leaves the choice to the phone to select your favorite scene. In several cases you enable some kind of automatic HDR, however inefficient and slow in taking. The presence of a specific automatic HDR would have certainly helped. The other functions are the ones you see in the image above among which we find the artistic HDR (with various effects to choose from) and manual mode. Discreet videos recorded up to 4 k resolution. Lenovo P2 has a 5.5 inch Full HD resolution. The real highlight of this display is the technology used, i.e. SuperAMOLED. In fact, the screen is bright, vivid colors and overall a pleasure to watch. There are few display so pleasing in this price range. It also has a night mode that reduces the tone of the screen without changing particularly though its coloration.

Android is updated to version 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is personalized with the Lenovo interface. The interface resume anyway most of his cues from stock Android, while if you want to try the real experience VIBEUI you need to activate it from the settings (thus making disappear the drawer). The system is extremely fluid and also quite customizable, thanks to some themes and the ability to change separately lock screen, wallpapers or icons. There are also various options very dear to the Chinese, as the Notification Manager or permissions of apps for saving, but luckily they are all set to use “Western”. Afterwards, if you wish to disable the gesture in favor of screen buttons on the home button, the ability to use certain gestures and VR mode that will make any content ready for virtual reality (as long as the content is appropriate, of course).

There is also a way to duplicate applications (choosing from all those installed), or to create a space protected by the code. This then, through a gesture, hand mode. As for the other apps on Lenovo relies mainly on Google and you can find Chrome as my main browser over the whole suite of applications, such as Big-G Play Music as music player.

The battery is a 5100 mAh non removable disk. The results are excellent. With heavy usage you will probably get to the end of your day with even half of your battery, allowing you to arrive then to two full days. With an average user won’t be hard to do so 3 days on a single charge, if not something more. On the left side we find then a physical switch to activate a power-saving mode very stringent. It may seem almost as drastic solution, but we rather appreciated, you can repeatedly change energy mode during the day even without pulling out your smartphone in your pocket, allowing you to optimize consumption not only when you arrive at the end of the day. Lenovo P2 comes in Italy to € 339, a price in line with the hardware offered in some ways, but still inferior to other solutions of most famous brands.

Lenovo Moto G4 Review

The Moto G4 is the first smartphone released by Lenovo after the acquisition of Motorola will have been able to keep up the name of this smartphone which in recent years has dominated the low-end market? The Moto G is a now iconic smartphone, which was able to win the low end of the market thanks to optimized ever seen on so cheap products.

Recently Motorola has passed under the control Lenovo: many had turned their noses up at the news, but this Moto G4 does not change in his winning mentality: to offer much higher performance compared to what we would say by reading the data sheet.

However, there are substantial differences, such as size, material and price: in fact, the Moto G4, with Lenovo, officially became a mid-range device. I tried it for several days and in various conditions, and today they are finally ready to bring you my full review.

Unboxing

Always, all the Moto G have never boasted a particularly rich endowment. Lenovo music does not change: in a colored box there, in addition to Moto G4, just a wall charger with integrated microUSB cable.

Not only they lack the earphones, but this is very disappointing charger included (5V-0,55A) compared to Quick Charge possibilities of which this Moto G4 comes.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Moto G4 with Lenovo has changed, this is undeniable. Until recently it was an affordable and compact size, which differed from the fashion of the phablet, but now has adapted to the market.

The Moto G4 is changed it will immediately notice taking it in his hand: the metal frame gives the premium feeling that was missing before, the size increased (153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm and weighs 155 grams) and the cover detachable rear made of polycarbonate has a very unique texture, dense and velvety to the touch, you can like it or not.
I greatly appreciated: I consider it very useful to increase the grip in the hand and easier to hold, touch does not give that feeling of cheap plastic and goes well in terms of design. There’s the “wow” effect but I find a successful solution.

It also remains the Motorola logo, imprinted on the classic dimple rear view of a large number of devices of the winged house probably will become the logo of the line “Moto” Lenovo, almost like a nostalgic link with the past.
Only note: could slip from the large pockets (by type of sweat pants), because the cover does not seem to do the same kind of friction on certain tessuti.

The cover are the slots for the two microSIM (because it is a smartphone dual-SIM) and microSD; a highlight is the presence of a Nanosim microSIM adapter already inserted in a SIM compartment, something definitely appreciated. The battery is not removable or replaceable instead.

DISPLAY

The display is one of the most successful aspects of this Moto Lenovo G4. It is a 5.5-inch IPS panel with Full HD 1920 × 1080 resolution.

The figure is already great for a mid-range device (also comparable to some current top) but the difference is the brightness and visibility under sunlight: it is one of the best IPS panels I have ever tried for readability outdoors and the maximum brightness it is very high, because the sun’s rays are attenuated and therefore the reflexes very limited.

Great contrasts, with a black spot very deep with the classic weak angle of the IPS, while white tends to yellow slightly, but nothing sgradevole.Il automatic sensor then works very well, adapting quickly brightness to a proper level.

Equally good touch, precise and smooth, thanks also oleophobic treatment of the glass Gorilla Glass 3.
Feedback of the dry and precise vibration.

HARDWARE

The hardware has seen a major upgrade since the previous entry level we have moved to an average true range. Moto G4 it mounts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor @ 1.7GHz, Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 / 32GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD) and a 3000mAh battery. This LTE cat.4 connectivity, FM radio (which also works without inserting headphones) and Bluetooth in its version 4.1. Unfortunately lacks appeal the NFC chip and a notification LED.

The performance is simply excellent: Moto G4 is always smooth and fast, so about a superior hardware than in previous years but most of the same optimization of which Moto G has always enjoyed.
In 95% of the operations is absolutely comparable to a top of the range, it is to surf the Internet or play titles of a certain level: this Moto G4 seems to fear nothing.

But there is something that differentiates it from the top of the range: multitasking and opening of heavy applications show a certain slowness compared to alternative top, with the RAM of “only” 2GB which tends to fill up very easily, but these are isolated cases and absolutely acceptable for a device that, I want to repeat, it is a medium-range (medium-low).

Excellent, full Motorola style, WiFi signals and telephone network, while reviewable GPS, not really fast to snap.
The call quality is excellent, with a very loud thanks to the speaker who is also the speaker system. More definitely succeeded aspect is that of the autonomy: 3000mAh are now a given standard, almost by “enough”, but also in this case the optimization is the true card more.

With a stress use it is made 5 hours of on screen and it always comes to evening, while with a more moderate use it can also cover the first part of the next morning, with about 4 hours of heated screen. The charging speed varies: with Quick Charge charger takes little over an hour to go from 0 to 100, while with the charger included graze 4 hours.

SOFTWARE

The new Lenovo G4 Motorcycle mounts Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow in an almost stock version, as happened to all previous models. The choice is still a winning time, since this results in a simple product experience, fast and no frills. The preinstalled applications are needed, plus a few additions comfortable.

The best feature of Android 6.0, appreciated even more on a device like Moto G4, is the ability to integrate the microSD to main memory: to take advantage of this feature will serve a microSD very fast, like a Class 10 UHS-1 U3, otherwise this option will not even visibile.Tra specific features of the Moto G4 software, Lenovo maintains some of Motorola’s smart applications, such as Moto Moto Display and Action.

Moto Display is an evolution of ambient display, which sees a slight facelift compared to previous generation Motorola offers the possibility, simply lighting up for a few seconds at the reception or when you pick up the device. Partially fulfills the task of a notification LED (absent here) but it replaces the tutto.

Moto Action is instead an app that allows you to associate certain actions with certain movements: for example, the phone will stop ringing when you take out of your pocket , or we can get into silent mode simply by turning it over.

CAMERA AND MULTIMEDIA

Moto G4 with Lenovo makes an important step forward even in the photographic sector: the main camera is a 13 megapixel camera with f / 2.0 aperture, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, while the front we find a 5 megapixel camera with f / 2.2, face detection and autofocus. Both are devoid of optical stabilization.

The videos arrive at the highest Full HD 1080p resolution at 30fps on both cameras. Lenovo has changed (for the better) the photographic experience, in the past too skinny possibilities and too “simple”: the software now boasts a real camera shutter button, and a very interesting how useful PRO mode, with manual controls for balance white, focus, ISO and shutter speed. Always present the HDR mode can be set also as automatic, but I recommend you use it only when necessary.

Another addition regards the slow-motion mode, which allows you to record video up to 120fps, but forcing us to a lower resolution of only 540p. Moto G4 surprises regarding the photos in conditions of much light: the shots are great, macros nothing short of spectacular. Even the moving shots are very well, due to very fast shutter speeds and making fast and precise focusing. We are at the levels of devices that cost even twice this Motorcycle G4.

At night the quality descends sharply, falling into the average medium-low, with shots and moved with much ado. There are also excellent selfies, excellent day, much less with less light.

Equally satisfactory videos in Full HD, excellent despite the absence of stabilization. The yield is excellent, very well-defined and the colors are very vivid, thanks to HDR mode also present in the videos. Appreciated the focus continues, it does not force you to select each time the focus point.

The single front speaker is positioned in the upper part, just above the display, and it works both as a speaker and as a capsule headset. The volume is very high, but at the highest levels distorts a bit ‘. Lack of bass but the sound output is average for this group.

CONCLUSIONS

Again Moto G. But this time there’s the Lenovo signature on a device that has all it takes to conquer the lower-middle end of the market.

Lenovo Moto G4 is once again the highest expression of a value that Motorola had accustomed in recent years: let’s face it, everyone feared the transfer of ownership from Google to Lenovo, but the truth is that the Chinese house worked in a excellent.

He has made strong choices, how to move the symbol of low-end in a mid-range device; He has brought about changes in materials, hardware and camera, but they are all winning choices.

The only question, as it pertains to subjective preferences, is relative to the size, but I can hardly consider it a step back.

The Moto Lenovo G4 is what you would expect from the latest version of a legendary smartphone, but it is also much more.

Now the Moto G this year costs € 249, as the most powerful model of last year, but it is a much better device: the price is already very affordable price list, not because of the technical details, but for the ‘actual user experience that this smartphone can offer. As soon it will fall, will further increase its convenience.

Good

  • Displays top of the range
  • excellent camera
  • high autonomy
  • absolute optimization
  • Applications “Moto” really smart

Bad

  • A little ‘great for those who were accustomed to previous models
  • Lack NFC and notification LED
  • meager endowment

Lenovo Moto G4 Plus Review

Moto G4 Plus adds a fingerprint sensor and improved the appreciated Moto G4 camera, it keeps largely intact the experience of use and brings the price up to 299 euro: it is enough to make his way in crowded midrange of ‘current Android market?

Moto Plus G4, like his twin brother almost Moto G4, equips a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, backed by 2GB of RAM octa-core processor and a graphics card Adreno 405. The basic version offers 16 GB of storage, expandable via microSD slot.

The screen is an IPS LCD 5.5-inch diagonal, covered with Gorilla Glass 3 and a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, resulting in a density of about 400 ppi. The rear camera is 16 megapixels, with f / 2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, dual LED flash and video up to 1080p with 30 frames per second; the front one, instead, is from 5 megapixels.

The telephone part offers dual SIM support: Contrary to what is often the case, the second SIM does not occupy the microSD compartment and therefore you can simultaneously use two phone cards and memory expansion. There is support for 4G LTE networks, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and FM radio (absent, however, the NFC).

Compared to Moto G4 base, the Plus version also offers the biometric sensor to unlock the phone using fingerprint. It remains the same is the battery, which, with its 3,000 mAh (with fast charging technology), provides a range able to bring quite quietly until the end of the day.

Moto G4 Plus is made entirely of plastic, but the quality of materials is good and the overall strength is satisfactory. The back cover is completely removable, something increasingly rare in modern smartphones, and provides access to SD and SIM rooms, in addition to the battery (though not removable).

The phone’s profile is very thin (with its 9,8mm thick) and the width of the front panel 5.5 “you certainly feel, but overall this smartphone is quite manageable and enjoyable in use.

Too bad that the balance of the design is in part compromised by the inclusion of the fingerprint sensor. The latter seems to have been added at the last moment: it is in fact quite small and in a rather uncertain position on the bottom of the screen and immediately below the Android system buttons (which sometimes can be pressed accidentally while unlocking or vice versa). In addition, the plastic frame that surrounds it has a rather cheap feeling.

Note also the absence of the notification LED, replaced by the active display capabilities, which light up the screen lightly to show notifications when needed. But the panel is not OLED, so they will not pose a particularly energy-saving.

The software installed on Moto G4 Plus is Android 6.0 Marshmallow in substantially pure version, only a few small and useful customization by the manufacturer, as is traditional for smartphones branded Motorola (now Lenovo) controlled.

The main changes are the addition of gesture as the double rotation for the launch from the locked phone camera, or shaking the torch lighting: everything is controllable via the app Moto. Also quite interesting memory management, allowing you to format a micro SD up to 128GB to integrate completely with 16 GB of storage base: a feature long awaited and finally made available from Android Marshmallow.

As for performance, the Moto G4 Plus is essentially identical to the basic model: the Snapdragon 617 processor is well away from the power of the top of the range, but still managed to ensure smooth and fast performance in most situations. application launch, web browsing, multitasking and even 3D gaming are operations that can be performed with good satisfaction.

Less good screen performance, showing excellent definition and a fairly pleasant color profile, but also suffers some degradation of the image when you move away from the corner an ideal viewing angle with blacks who suddenly become gray and white, which turn towards yellow (nothing serious though). Even the sound expressed by the single speaker, located on top of the device, it sounds fairly light and tends to distort much the highest volumes: in a phone of this size could have been done better.

The camera is definitely a point in favor of the G4 Moto Plus. The sensor is different from that of the Moto basic G4 (16 megapixels compared to 13) and in a qualitative leap forward is quite visible. Images taken in good light conditions are also very detailed and enjoyable from the chromatic point of view, and even with less lighting (indoors, for example) digital noise is well contained.

The application is very simple, but with good functionality and also the AF, as no lightning, is quite reactive. Too bad only that the lens is slightly wide-angle, forcing often take a few steps back to frame the entire scene.

Videos are limited to 30 fps in 1080p format, but they are also discrete, although the lack of optical stabilization is done out with some jerk too. Finally, there is a high frame rate of 120fps mode, but it is limited to 540p format, and is therefore of poor quality.

Moto G4 Plus is an interesting mid-range smartphone, equipped with balanced and interesting features characteristics (such as Motorola’s gesture and the possibility of merging the memory of the SD card with the integrated storage).

The design is simple but robust and pleasant, if it were not for the main addition compared to Moto basic G4: the fingerprint sensor is in fact certainly valuable, but also poorly placed (too close to the Android system buttons) and rather small and inconvenient to use.

The camera is quite good for a device in this range, while the screen shows up to criticism. Overall, the price of 300 euro is not excessive, but not too content: the fact exposed to competition from other devices, perhaps more ambitious, from the same 5X Google Nexus and LG recently granted.