We take a look at Lenovo's Moto G4 Plus and Sony Xperia XA and see for ourselves which among them offers the best suite of features and specifications for the everyday smartphone user, along with an ideal battery life.
Sony's Xperia XA, thanks to its 5-inch HD display, is a perfect fit for one-handed usage and its 2.5D curved display wraps over the metal frame, giving it not only a premium appearance but also making it a great device for multimedia consumption. The device keeps bezels to a minimum and comes with a slim frame, keeping its weight in check as well.
Lenovo's G4 Plus comes with a larger 5.5-inch display but the removable plastic back cover ensures that it isn't as bulky as buyers may think. Thanks to MotoMaker, you can customise the phone's design and looks the way you want to but that'll cost you extra. On it's back, the G4 Plus holds a lozenze-shaped metal ring which holds the rear camera and LED flash.
Verdict: Sony Xperia XA for seamless design and end-to-end display.
To improve ease of usage, Lenovo has turned the home button in the G4 Plus into a fingerprint sensor as well as a touch pad where you can swipe your fingers to unlock the phone. The plastic back is slightly curved and fits nicely on one's palm, letting you use it one-handed unless you're playing a game or typing a long message.
You can reach the power button and volume buttons on the device' right side but you'll need to remove the phone's cover if you need to access the SIM slots or the MicroSD tray. Comparatively, the Xperia XA isn't as big as the G4 Plus which can be an advantage for those who prefer a medium-sized screen and smaller phones. However, what seriously impedes the Xperia XA's ease of usage is the lack of a fingerprint sensor. To unlock the phone, you'll need to enter your passcode every time and that can be a frustrating experience if the device locks itself too soon.
Verdict: Lenovo G4 Plus for curved back, fingerprint sensor.
Sony Xperia XA comes with a 64 bit Octa Core MediaTek helio™ P10 processor which works with a 2GB RAM to let you multi-task and run heavy apps while on the go. Sony promises that the 2,300 mAh battery can last as long as two days on a single charge which is quite a feat for a battery which doesn't really topple the ones in premium smartphones. However, the display being smaller and not very high in resolution, should consume less power and Android 6.0 Marshmallow offers a slew of battery saving tech which should make the phone last at least an entire day under regular usage.
The Moto G4 Plus, on the other hand, runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor which is comparable to the MediaTek P10 but the phone comes in 2GB, 3GB and 4GB RAM options which are priced differently but offer different levels of performance as well. The G4 Plus is also available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options and thus you get to choose your favourite configuration unlike with the Sony Xperia XA.
Compared with the Xperia XA, G4 Plus features a more powerful 3,000 mAh battery but a larger display with a higher resolution basically cancels it out.
Verdict: Lenovo's Moto G4 Plus for better storage & RAM configurations.
While powerful cameras are sported by almost all mid-range devices today, improving the way you use your camera and take pictures instantly is something Sony has excelled at. The Xperia XA comes with a camera launcher button and a dedicated button for the camera to give you a more taking-pictures-with-a-traditional-camera feel when out clicking pictures with it. Specifications-wise, the rear camera has a resolution of 13-MP and features an Exmor RS sensor which facilitates Hybrid Auto-Focus, HDR, 5X zooming capability and Auto-Scene Recognition. The 8-MP front camera comes with an 88 degree wide angle lens with auto-focus and HDR capabilities and works well in low light conditions too.
Lenovo's G4 Plus comes with Moto's traditional 'tap-to-click' feature but instant phase detection and laser auto-focus in the 16-MP rear camera lets you take pictures without bothering about losing focus. However, there is no optical image stabilisation which means that your motion videos won't be as stable as those shot on other premium phone cameras. The 5-MP front camera features a 2.2 aperture Wide-Angle lens which is great for capturing selfies or groupies. The cameras in both phones are evenly matched, and if we look at hard specifications, the G4 Plus' superiority in rear cam resolution is matched by the Xperia XA's better front camera resolution.
Verdict: It's a tie.
Sony's Xperia XA meets some of the expected specifications that mid-range devices come with but overall, the device is limited in its purpose and if you're planning on going for a device which offers more for less, Lenovo's Moto G4 Plus is a better-placed candidate.
While the Xperia XA with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM costs £239 for the White and Lime Gold colour variants and £279 for the Graphite Black one, The Moto G4 Plus costs just £199 for the 16GB model, £229 for the 32GB one and £264 for as much as 64GB of internal storage and an impressive 4GB of RAM. Being cheaper, the device comes with a larger display which is great for multimedia fans, a powerful battery and can be customized using Moto Maker which costs extra but not much. As such, Lenovo's Moto G4 Plus is definitely worth your investment and offers more features and capabilities than the Xperia XA.