The Motorola Moto G4 and the Huawei Honor 5C are close competitors in the budget category. Both the devices were released on May 2016. While Motorola has been a veteran in the budget smartphone category, Huawei has made a great breakthrough with their Honor series which is critically acclaimed.
The Moto G4 takes a different approach from its predecessors. The plasticky build along with the faux metal sides, ditches the curved back for a rubberized texture.
The Honor 5C might give an aluminium feel at first glance, but closer inspection reveals a lot of plastic surrounding the brushed metal plate at the back of the device. This does make the overall phone a tad bit slippery, but also sends the premium vibe.
While none of the two feature top notch build quality, it is quite decent for their respective price brackets.
Both the devices feature a 1080p LCD displays, which is pretty sharp for a smartphone. The Honor 5C comes at 5.2 inches while the Moto G4 comes at 5.5 inches. The Honor 5C may be more comfortable to grip, but that also depends on your personal preferences.
The Honor 5C’s display is a tad bit denser thanks to it’s smaller screen size, but the difference is negligible. Outdoor viewing get a bit difficult with both devices, unless set on full brightness.
Performance and Software
The Honor 5C packs an Octa core HiSilicon Kirin 650, Mali-T3820MP2 with 2GB RAM. The Moto G4 is powered by the Octa core Snapdragon 617, Adreno 405 with 2GB RAM. Everyday tasks are pretty similar when compared, but the real difference draws down to software side of things. While Motorola sticks with mostly untouched, pure version of Android 7.0 Nougat, Huawei opts for their EmotionUI skin atop of Marshmallow. It might come down to preference eventually, but we found the lack of an App Drawer on the Honor 5C confusing altogether. Motorola’s additional features such as their version of Ambient Display, double-chop for flashlight only adds to their already simple yet effective software experience. Motorola also has a decent track record on delivering updates and the Snapdragon processors generally have better Custom ROM support than other processor brands.
Both the Moto G4 and the Honor 5C are rocking solid 13 MP primary cameras. Both give out decent daylight shots, although the Honor 5C does have a bit of latency while taking pictures. That part is essential, especially if you’re looking to take a quick snap of a moving subject. The shots on the Moto G4 are a tab bit saturated compared to the Honor 5C. Both devices shoot videos at 1080p@30fps.
The Honor 5C does have a tad better front camera coming in at 8 MP compared to Moto G4’s 5 MP shooter.
Both devices feature the usual WiFi, Bluetooth and LTE with dual SIM slots. Although, with the Honor 5C, there is a catch. One of the SIM card slots double as a MicroSD card slot too, so in practice, if you want to use two SIM cards, you are out of luck for a MicroSD card. The Moto G4 does not face this issue and it also retains a seperate MicroSD card slot.