In case you missed it, Lenovo acquired the Motorola smartphone line, and is operating as Moto in the Nigerian market.

The company recently released the Moto G4 Play, an entry-level phone aimed at low-budget smartphone users. Read our full review below!

Moto G4 Play – Design and display

The Moto G4 Play is a pace setter for entry-level phones, coming with specs that were considered for mid-level devices as late as a year ago. Its design is simplistic, coming in at barely half an inch thick with a metal frame. There are no physical buttons below the screen, with Moto fully employing Google’s stock Android ROM.

The screen is a 5-inch HD screen, just one of a features we’re surprised to see on an entry-level device. It has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, giving a better display than any other device in its price range. You can also adjust the color mode, choosing between Standard and Vibrant color modes.

The device comes in just black and white. The rear of the phone, which bears just the logo and rear camera, is removable, as is the phone’s battery.

Moto G4 Play – Software and performance

The Moto G4 Play runs on Android 6.0 Marshamallow, and with 2GB of RAM and a quad core Snapdragon 410 processor, the device lets you run a number of tasks with minimal lag. There’s no custom interface or apps from Moto, so there are less processes taking up the available memory.

Motorola has also confirmed that the device will be able to upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, which means better performance on less resources.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should download the latest Asphalt mobile game. While it does carry amazing specs for a phone in its price range, it’s not made for that kind of heavy lifting.

There’s also a Moto app, which is sort of a mobile assistant, and helps with notifications, screen gestures and all sorts.

Moto Assistant

Moto G4 Play review

Moto G4 Play – Hardware

The Moto G4 Play’s hardware is quite as impressive as the rest of the phone’s been. There’s 16GB of internal memory, which is expandable to up to 256GB with a memory card.

The phone lets you use 2 SIM cards too, and the battery’s a 2800 mAH-er, which is quite a lot for a phone that doesn’t have that much to do. There’s no quick charging feature though, so you’d have to wait a fair amount of time before the battery fills up.

Moto G4 Play strength

Too much juice, too much battery.

It comes with decent cameras too, a 5-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The rear camera can record in 1080p at 30 frames per second, which is quite dope for a phone of this standard.

Taken with Moto G4 Play

Taken with Moto G4 Play

Another minus is the absence of a dedicated speaker, with the earpiece for phone calls the only speakers, and they don’t make for much sound quality.

Moto G4 Play review

Moto G4 Play – Verdict

The Moto G4 Play might just be one of the best entry-level devices ever. While’s its on the pricey end of the low-budget spectrum at about N60,000, it’s certainly value for money. Good buy.