Motorola has been a pretty busy sprint lately. In February they announced the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus and just a few days ago we knew the Moto Z2 Play. In addition, the company owned by Lenovo does not stop starring rumors about its future releases and today one of them has just come true. We are talking about the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus, the new pair of smartphones with which Motorola wants to conquer the entry range.
We recently checked the analysis of the Moto E3, and the truth that left us a mixture of sensations a bit strange. On one hand we had a very attractive price, but on the other a very tight technical profile and very poor performance. Now the Moto E4 series arrives to improve the faults of the previous one, and it does with arguments like the metal design or the fingerprint reader. This is all that has changed between the Moto E4 and Moto E3.
Two flavors to compete in the entry range
The first difference we find between the last two launches of the Moto E range is that the Moto E3 came alone (yes, there was a Moto E3 Power, but only reached a few markets), while the new model comes in two versions.
In the first step we have the Moto E4, the most basic that bets on a 5-inch HD screen, exactly the same configuration that we found in the Moto E3 and that is suitable for a mobile of its level. They also have in common that their back cover is removable and allows access to the battery, but here the Moto E4 is scored a bit by integrating aluminum in the back, just like in the Moto G5.
Just above we have the Moto E4 Plus, with 5.5-inch screen, also HD , and the same metallic design with the circular rear camera, very much like other models in the series. The difference here is that the case of the Plus model is fixed and can not be removed.
Another detail that differentiates the Moto E4 from the Moto E3 and that we can see with the naked eye is the physical button located on the front. Here Lenovo raises the bar and also brings us a fingerprint reader in both models, both the Moto E4 and the Moto E4 Plus.
With respect to the cameras, there are few improvements if we compare only the Moto E4 against the Moto E3. The two feature an 8-megapixel sensor with LED flash on the back and a 5-megapixel sensor in the front. Of course, the secondary camera wins an LED flash on both models. In the case of the Moto E4 Plus, Motorola raises the bet with 13 megapixels in the back and lens f / 2.0. All Moto E records HD videos.
Moto E4 vs Moto E3: comparative specifications
As you have already noticed, the normal Moto E4 would be the mobile with which to compare the Moto E3, since the Plus variant bets on more advanced features and obviously is more expensive. For this reason, we will focus mainly on comparing the technical characteristics of the two base models.
Lenovo once again relies on Mediatek brand silicon for the Moto E4, although it is a more up-to-date processor. We are talking about a Mediatek MT6737 with four cores at 1.3 Ghz. It is accompanied by a Mali T720 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. For its part, the Moto E3 stays with a Mediatek MT6735P and 1 GB of RAM.
In the analysis we could already see how the configuration of the Moto E3 remained very fair for day-to-day tasks, but we hope that this push, especially in RAM, will notice and improve the experience of use. Here also could positively influence the software as it has Android 7.1.1 Nougat as standard, while the Moto E3 was stuck in Android 6.0.
The storage capacity was also a weakness of the Moto E3. 8 GB is very short even though we give a very basic use to the mobile and the arrival of the 16 GB is certainly a clear advantage of the Moto E4 on the first model.
In the connections we still have practically the same configuration, except for the Bluetooth connectivity that goes to the 4.2 standard and the Dual SIM option. The battery also maintains the same capacity: 2,800 mAh. If you look at the Moto E4 Plus, the processor is the same as the normal E4, but rises to 3 GB of RAM and, most importantly, has a huge battery of 5.000 mAh with fast charger.
Seeing its technical sheet, the Moto E4 improves two of the most important deficiencies that we find in the Moto E3, which are the RAM and internal capacity. It will be necessary to see how this MT6737 unfolds to evaluate it more thoroughly, but a priori it seems that the performance will improve remarkably. In addition, we have the fingerprint reader and metallic design that set the balance in favor of the Moto E4.
Before leaving you with the comparative table, it is necessary to speak of a key detail: the price. Although you can now get for less than 100 euros, the Moto E3 cost 139 euros at launch. This generation brings improvements, but also an increase in price, the good news is that it is a difference of only 10 euros. For its part, the Moto E4 Plus rises to 199 euros.
To us the Moto E4 seems a worthy successor to the previous model and manages to keep the price at bay, but the Moto E4 Plus seems to us the least attractive of the two. For 200 euros we have more interesting mobiles; The Moto G5 without going any further. Now it’s up to you to judge: what do you think the evolution of the Motorola input range?
|MOTO E4 PLUS||MOTO E4||MOTO E3|
|DESIGN||155 x 77.5 x 9.55 mm|
footprint reader Fixed aluminum / plastic housing
|144.7 x 72.3 x 8.99 mm|
footprint reader Removable aluminum / plastic housing
|143.8 x 71.6 x 8.5 mm|
Removable plastic housing Splash
HD 1280 x 720 pixels
HD 1280 x 720 pixels
HD 1280 x 720 pixels
|PROCESSOR||Mediatek MT6737 quad-core 1.3 GHz|
Mali T720 MP1 650 MHz
|Mediatek MT6737 quad-core 1.3 GHz|
Mali T720 MP1 650 MHz
|Mediatek MT6735P quad-core 1GHz|
GPU Mali T720
|MEMORY||16 GB + MicroSD||16 GB + MicroSD||8 GB + MicroSD|
|SOFTWARE||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|REAR CAMERA||13 MP, AF, f / 2.0, LED flash, HDR, HD720p video||8 MP, AF, f / 2.2, LED flash, HDR, HD720p video||8 MP, AF, LED flash, HD videos|
|FRONTAL CAMERA||5MP, f / 2.4, LED flash, HDR, beauty mode||5MP, f / 2.0, LED flash, HDR, beauty mode||5 MP, beauty mode|
|CONNECTIVITY||LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, Dual SIM, GPS, microUSB 2.0, minijack||LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, Dual SIM, GPS, microUSB 2.0, minijack||LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, MicroUSB, minijack|
|2,800 mAh||2,800 mAh|
|LAUNCH PRICE||199 euros||149 euros||139 euros|