Motorola Logo  Reuters
A Motorola Mobility logo is seen on a screen at the public unveiling of their global headquarters in Chicago, April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Lenovo-owned Motorola‘s Moto G4 comes packed with a bigger display, impressive configurations, sophisticated design and an affordable price tag, which make it a worthy-successor of the well-received mid-ranger Moto G3 or Moto G 2015.

Google’s LG-built Nexus 5X, on the other hand, got released in October 2015 with cutting-edge specifications and killer features. Even though, this handset was touted as a high-end model at the time of release, it is now available at a significantly discounted price. Hence, it’s time to compare the new Moto G4 with the Nexus 5X.

Moto G4 vs. Nexus 5X: Price

The Moto G4’s 16GB storage variant will set the buyers back by roughly $245, CNet reported. The 16GB model of LG Nexus 5X, on the other hand, can now be availed at a discounted price of $259.99 on eBay, whereas the original price used to be $499.99.

Moto G4 vs. Nexus 5X: Display, Design

The Moto G4 features a big 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, aided by 1,080 x 1,920 pixels screen resolution. The Nexus 5X is relatively smaller in size with a 5.2-inch display and same resolution as the Motorola handset.

Speaking of design, the Moto G4 is slimmer than the predecessor and the back of the device has a textured pattern, which is apparently smoother than the 2015 version, according to Trusted Reviews. A metallic frame runs through the corners of the G4, giving it a premium look.

The Nexus 5X, on the other hand, features the standard polycarbonate chassis, which is synonymous with most LG-made devices. Similar to the G4, a metal frame runs through the edges of the 5X, Tech Radar reported.

Moto G4 vs. Nexus 5X: Under The Hood

The Moto G4 and Nexus 5X are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 and Snapdragon 808 chipsets, respectively.

Both handsets come backed by the same 2GB of RAM. However, the similarities don’t end here as both G4 and 5X come equipped with 16GB and 32GB of native storage choices. Plus, Marshmallow OS runs both Moto and LG devices out of the box. While Nexus handsets in general offer stock Android experience, the Motorola handsets give near-stock look and feel to the UI.

Moto G4 vs. Nexus 5X: Camera, Battery

The Moto G4 sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing snapper, whereas the Nexus 5X features a 12.3-megapixel sensor at the back. In addition, both handsets house a 5-megapixel snapper at the front. The primary camera of both G4 and 5X supports dual-LED flash.

Battery-wise, Motorola has generously housed a non-removable 3,000 mAh cell on the mid-range Moto G4. The Nexus 5X is quite inferior here with only a 2,700 mAh non-removable cell.

Moto G4 vs. Nexus 5X: Additional Features

  • Apart from the standard connectivity options, both Moto G4 and Nexus 5X support 4G LTE.
  • While the Nexus 5X has a fingerprint scanner onboard, the Moto G4 doesn’t. However, the bigger sibling Moto G4 Plus has one.
  • Both G4 and 5X’s displays are protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 panel.
  • While the Motorola handset comes with a microSD card slot to facilitate expansion, the Nexus 5X doesn’t.
  • The Moto G4 comes with rapid-charging feature, but the Nexus 5X doesn’t.
  • The Nexus handset supports Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, whereas the Moto G4 doesn’t.