In the past couple of years, China’s Lenovo has made a popular name in the smartphone business. The company’s main business is to make personal computing devices, but it also has a strong focus in the smartphone market as well. Apart from selling smartphones and tablets under its own Lenovo brand name, the company also sells devices under several other brands. The Chinese vendor completed acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google in October 2014, and ever since has launched several popular Moto devices. The vendor’s Moto range smartphones are very popular in the emerging markets like India and Brazil. In China, Lenovo also has a sub-brand called ZUK, which sells smartphones online only.
In India, the latest Motorola-branded smartphones are the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. The ZUK brand recently debuted in the country with the ZUK Z1. The Moto G4 and ZUK Z1, both are budget feature-loaded smartphones. If you are planning to buy any of these devices, let’s put them on the table and compare their specs to give you an idea of how they stand against each other.
Lenovo ZUK Z1 vs Motorola Moto G4 – comparison of the budget Android smartphones
The Lenovo Z1 powered by ZUK sports a premium aircraft-grade aluminium frame for durability. The phone measures 8.9mm around the waist, even when packing a large battery, and tips the scale at 175 grams. The device comes with a fingerprint sensor, which integrated directly into the home button. The Moto G4 also sports a durable design with metallic frames running around the edges. It is slimmer than the ZUK Z1 with a 7.9mm waistline, and is lighter as well at 155 grams. The Moto G4 also gets an advantage of offering splash-proof coatings. However, it lacks a fingerprint sensor and doesn’t deliver enhanced security features. Overall, design-wise, the Moto G4 will impress the users over the ZUK Z1. However, the fingerprint sensor on the latter will attract specific buyers.
Display and OS
The Lenovo ZUK Z1 and Motorola Moto G4, both the smartphones come with similar specs. They offer large phablet-grade 5.5-inch full HD displays with pixel densities of 401 pixels per inch. They are suitable for those looking for an excellent media viewing experience and web-browsing on a large screen. As for the software, the Moto G4 runs close-to-stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The phone also gets Moto Pure software layer on top of Android, which gives you some additional software features. The ZUK Z1 on the other hand runs Cyanogen OS 12.1, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and is one of the most popular custom Android ROMs in the world. Cyanogen OS lets you customise the interface and features with many options. Overall, in the display and OS segment, the ZUK Z1 and Moto G4 will impress the users based on their software taste.
The Lenovo ZUK Z1 is powered by a powerful 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is further supported by 3-gigs of RAM and an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit. For storage, the phone comes with massive 64-gigs of internal memory, which isn’t further expandable. The Moto G4 on the other hand is fuelled by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, aided by 2-gigs of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU. This one offers 16GB of internal memory, further expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. So in the performance and configuration section, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 is a clear winner, since it is backed by a more powerful Snapdragon 801 SoC and packs in beefy 64-gigs of memory.
Moving on to the camera, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 sports a 13-meg primary snapper on the back with an LED flash, optical image stabilisation and full HD video recording. For selfies, it gets an 8-megapixel secondary shooter on the front. The Moto G4 also offers a 13-meg primary camera with full HD video recording, but it also gets an additional LED flash to deliver quality photos under low light conditions. On the selfie front, the Moto G4 is equipped with a less powerful 5-meg secondary snapper with Display Flash. Overall, in the imaging segment, the ZUK Z1 and Moto G4 are not so different on the paper.
Connectivity and battery
In the connectivity section, the ZUK Z1 and Moto G4 offer similar options, including 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth and A-GPS. The Moto G4 offers some additional connectivity options including NFC and VoLTE (voice over LTE) support. As for the battery, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 is powered by a massive 4,100mAh unit that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge tech. The Moto G4 on the other hand is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery with Turbo Charging v3.0 support. So, the ZUK Z1 clearly delivers better battery backup than the Moto G4.
The Lenovo ZUK Z1 and Motorola Moto G4 are among the best contenders of the sub-Rs 14,000 smartphone segment in India. They both offer excellent and unique specs, and are priced quite competitively. The ZUK Z1 sports a fingerprint sensor, an excellent selfie camera, a large battery, and powerful configuration. The Moto G4 ditches the high-end configuration for a more durable splash-proof design. They both offer excellent phablet-grade displays, decent camera experience, latest connectivity options and latest software. As for the pricing, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 is priced at Rs 13,499, and is available via flash sales on Amazon India. The Moto G4 on the other hand is yet to go on sale, and is expected to be priced around Rs 12,000. You can compare the ZUK Z1 and Moto G4’s specs and latest prices on 91Mobiles in detail.