moto-g4Yesterday in India, Motorola took the wraps off both the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. The devices came with a relatively brand new design and was slimmer than its predecessors. It also came with new and improved hardware and for the G4 Plus, a fingerprint sensor which we’re sure that customers can appreciate.

However if there was one feature missing, it would be its IP67 rating which was present in last year’s model. So what gives? Why did Motorola not include the protective feature in this year’s models? According to BGR India, it turns out that this is due to a combination of lack of consumer demand and also a design choice.

Apparently water-resistance isn’t a top feature that customers considered when choosing a smartphone, and according to Moto Product Expert Laton Honeyghan who spoke to uSwitch, by doing so it would be “adding gromits and nuts and bolts that adds extra bulk to it.” However Honeyghan adds that the phone is still “dust-repellent with a splash guard, which means it’ll take a splash and rain. It’s still good with that. But it’s not IPX7-certified.”

We suppose water-resistance would have been a nice feature to have, but we don’t imagine that it would be a make or break feature for many, but what say you? Are you fussed that either device is not as water-resistant compared to last year’s models?

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