Motorola Launched several smartphones last year from the modular Moto Z to the sturdy Moto E3 Power, but the highlight of the year for Motorola was the successor to the Moto G series that is the Moto G4(2016) and the Moto G4 Plus.

Moto G4 And Moto G4 Plus Side by side
Side by side comparison of Moto G 4th Gen and Moto G4+

Motorola sold quite a large number of Moto G4 and Moto G4 plus handsets all around the world, here is a quick look at both the devices before we move on to the detailed specifications of the 2016 Moto G smartphones.

What’s under the Hood?

Both devices feature a 5.5 inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Processor with 2GB of ram and 16/32GB Storage options.

The main difference between the Moto G4 and the Moto G Plus is that the Plus variant that is the Moto G4+ features a bigger 16-megapixel rear camera while the Moto G 4th gen feature a 13-megapixel rear cam.

Another difference between these two devices is that the Moto G Plus have a Fingerprint Reader while the Moto G4 does not have the same. Both devices feature a 3000 mAh battery, while the Moto G Plus supports Turbo Charging.

Now let’s have an in-depth look at the hardware specifications of the smartphones

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Specifications

DisplayScreenIPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen with 16 million Colors
Size5.5 inches with 71% screen to body ratio.
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixel : Full HD 1080p Display
Pixel Density401ppi
MultitouchYes ( up to 10 fingers)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
BodyDimensions153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm
Weight155 (5.47oz)
SimDual Sim ( Micro Sim) with Dual Standby
NetworkTechnologyGSM/HSPA/LTE
LTE ConnectivityQualcomm X8 LTE
LTE CategoryLTE Category 7
Up/Down Link
  • Up to 300mbps downlink
  • Up to 100mbps uplink
Global Mode
  • LTE FDD and TDD
  • WCDMA
  • EV-Do and CDMA-1x
  • GSM/EDGE
  • TD-SCDMA
Additional Features
  • LTE Broadcast
  • LTE Dual Sim
  • HD Voice over 3G and LTE
Wi-FiQualcomm VIVE 1-Stream 802.11n/Ac with MU-MIMO
Bluetooth4.1 Low Energy
PlatformOSAndroid 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) upgradable to Android 7.0.1 (Nougat)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 617

  • Up to 1.5 GHz Octa-core
  • 8x ARM Cortez A53
  • 28nm LP CPU Process Technology
GPUQualcomm Adreno 405 GPU

  • Clocked at 550 MHz
  • Up to OpenGL ES 3.1
MemoryInternal16/32/64GB
ExternalExpandable via micro SD Card up to 256GB
RAM2GB-4GB Depends on model
CameraPrimary13MP on Moto G4 and 16MP on Moto G4 Plus
FeaturesOmniVision OV5693 sensor with f/2.0 Aperture on Moto G4 Plus and f/2.2 on Moto G4

  • Laser Auto Focus Camera
  • Auto HDR
  • PDAF( Phase Detect Auto Focus)
Video Recording2160P @30FPS, 1080P @30FPS

  • H.264(AVC). H.265(HEVC)
Secondary5MP with f/2.2 aperture

  • Auto-HDR
  • Wide Angled Lens
BatteryCapacityNon-removable Li-ion 3000 mAh Battery
ChargingMotorola Turbo Charging Aka Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, 15 minutes of charging gives 6 hours of battery usage.
Other FeaturesSensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyro
  • Accelerometer
Fingerprint ReaderFront Mounted Fingerprint Reader on Moto G4 Plus only.
ColorsBlack, White
AvailabilityAnnounced 2016 May,

Available- Released 17 May 2016

PriceMoto G4 Starting at $199, Moto G4 Plus Starting at $249

 

Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus: Our Review

The purpose of this short review is that whether the Moto G4 and the Moto G4+ are still worth buying after six months of their release, so without wasting any time lets straight get to the review.

Performance

Both phones feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Processor along with a Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU. 

Both devices easily handle any tasks thrown at them be it ram hungry social media apps or high-end games such as Asphalt 8, So if the performance is to be considered the devices are still ready to go and will give you lag-free performance throughout the day.

Display

Both Moto G 4th gen and Moto G Plus feature a 5.5 inch full HD display with a pixel density of 401ppi, the screen is sharp and has good viewing angles. Both the devices come with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, so scratches from coins and keys in your pockets are not at all a problem here, still a tempered glass is recommended for extra safety.

The color reproduction is excellent, and visibility under direct sunlight is pretty decent too. So as far as the display is concerned both the devices will satisfy your entertainment needs, such as watching a movie or playing a game on that 5.5 inches full HD display.

Camera

When it comes to the camera, clearly Moto G4+ shall be the only suitable option for you if you are a camera lover or even just like to take few shots here and there for your Instagram page.

Moto G 2017 Plus variant feature a bigger 16-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus that will satisfy all your photography needs.

Moto G 4th Generation also has a pretty decent 13-megapixel rear camera and can be the optimal choice if you are just an occasional snapper.

Battery Life

This is the area where both of them shines ahead of the competition, as none of the smartphones from other brands offer turbocharging or the Quick charge 3.0 in this price bracket, Both the devices feature a non-removable 3000 mAh battery which will last you through a day’s usage quickly.

But the best part is that you can just plug in the device for 15 minutes of charging, and it is enough to last you for around 5-6 hours of light to moderate usage.

 

Look and Feel

Moto G4 Plus fingerprint sensor
An image of Moto G Plus fingerprint sensor representation

Both the devices are based on that same design concept as that of the previous gen G series smartphones, the design has been tweaked here and there to offer a fresh look, and it does so too. The devices feature a plastic build but that is not at all a downside here as the plastic used is of very high quality and feels premium.

If you are kind of a person who always likes to customize their gadgets, then Moto G 4th Gen and Moto G plus would suit you best as you can customize your device in many ways using the Moto Maker.

The Visible difference between the smartphones, of course, is the fingerprint reader which rests on the front at the bottom in the Plus variant only. Both the devices feel great in hand, and well the looks aren’t bad at all either. So if looks are your concern, then both of these devices won’t disappoint you.

 

User Reviews

Both smartphones have tons of positive reviews from the users on the internet, if we are to compare which device is more popular among the two, then clearly Moto G4 Plus edges the Moto G 4th Gen.

Moto G Plus have more positive reviews, and overall user ratings than the Moto G 4th Gen and the main reason is the fingerprint reader which is pretty standard these days and sadly Moto G 4th gen does not feature a fingerprint reader while Moto G4Plus have a quick and snappy front mounted fingerprint reader. The bigger camera sensor is also an advantage which the Moto G Plus have over the G4.

The Nougat update has made the user experience even smoother, the device is snappier and also offer more battery backup than before.

Overall saying Moto G 2016 and Moto G 2016 Plus gets an A rating when it comes to User reviews.

 

Lastly Saying, Both Smartphones are pretty decent handsets and still stand strong against the competition even after six months of release. The devices offer a complete package and frankly speaking you won’t be getting anything better at this price point. Plus, Motorola has other benefits too such as great after sale services in almost all major countries across the globe. So if you are looking for a mid-ranged smartphone, Moto G4 and Moto G Plus are the best options available in the market right now.

 

Price

moto g4 price

In the United States, the Moto G4 starts at $149.99 while the G Plus starts at $249.99. They are “universally unlocked,” Motorola says, which means they work on both GSM and CDMA-based carriers.

Here is the current pricing for the Moto G4 and Moto G Plus country wise.

CountryMoto G4Moto G Plus(4th Gen)
IndiaStarting at ₹ 10,499Starting at ₹11,499
USStarting at $149Starting at $249
UKStarting at £158Starting at £184
GermanyStarting at €182Starting at €235

 

Moto G4 Release Date

Moto G4 aka Moto G 2016 will step up in everything from hardware to software and will release in May 2016, but we are expecting an early release in the 3rd week of May this year. According to the sources, Motorola will release Moto G4 on 17 May 2016.

388 COMMENTS

  1. When Moto G4 Plus with 4GB Ram and 64GB internal ROM will be available in India what specification and price in Indian rupees.
    AM was waiting for this mobile Moto G4 Plus with 4GB RAM and 64GB Internal from mobile. Andriod OS 6.1 Marshmallow is upgradable?.
    What are Unlocked mobiles?
    I read a lot of Reviews; I got a complaint is Mobile is a heating issue when charging, playing Game, Data surfing using the Internet, watching movies. How I can avoid these problems or any solution for heating issues. Please mail me when this mobile is available in India for the price.
    Am expecting a quick response from you. Any information on a drop of price of these mobiles.

    Regards,
    Ramamurthy P

  2. Are Moto G4 & G4 Plus Chipset 64 Bit ??? Plz tell me its Really Important to me bcoz i want to buy this Product soon .

  3. [email protected]

    Comment Text*iam confuses Moto a Lenovo company what

  4. In the future will motorola release original cases and flip shells for the moto g4 like the moto g3 has?

  5. Is the Moto G (4th) available for use as a pay-as-you-go phone from one of the major carriers (specifically Verizon) or is it only usable as a “standard carrier” monthly plan? I can’t seem to find any information to confirm or deny that possibility.

  6. When will be the MOTO G4 plus,4 Ram release ?
    How much R.s for this phone in India ? I need to buy this

  7. Hi,
    I would like to know how the mobile is.Does it having any heating issues or any other issues that I should be aware of?Need you honest opinions 🙂

  8. Moto g4 plus is wrong turn …… ok leave it matter … and comeon lets again … moto g turbo plus….. which in Snapdragon 652 lpddr3 ram 3 or 4gb with 32 or 64gb internal rom 2tb memory card slot gorilla glass 4 and yes fingureprint scanner backside and price under $250 ……. really if u made it then you get it ………… moneYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy …..

  9. Comment Text*Iam buy amazon and Motorola a Lenovo company what my dout mobile phone Motorola brand what Lenovo ?

  10. So much awesomeness in a single phone. It has really good features and totally value for money.

  11. For me current specs is very good, but I would like to see in Moto G 4th Gen. fingerprint scanner and should be waterproof.

  12. Moto G4 Available in cbuystore
    Octa-core processor: runs multiple apps at the same time without slowing down with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 617 processor.
    In addition, powerful graphics capabilities support rich 3D images.³

  13. moto g4 plus have LED light as like green,red,blue..etc colour notification light?
    On-the-Go is supported?

  14. Nooooooooooo. No IPX7 ou IP67 and any waterproof or dustproof like motog3 turbo =/ only this crap of Water repellent nano-coating*.
    Anyone know any smartphone with medium specs, gyroscope and good waterproof? motog3 turbo doesn’t have gyro and I really need it.
    *Advanced nano-coating technology creates a water repellent barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes or light rain. Not designed to be submersed in water, or exposed to pressurized water, or other liquids; Not waterproof.

  15. can see the “lenovo” affect.. lost its curves! still looks ok and specs seem really good for price range..

  16. moto g4 has not come in amazon india but it have released today but not in amazon why is it?

  17. more excited about turbo version,which is rumoured to pack a more powerfull snapdragon 650 like the one found in redmi note 3.

  18. Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus will have USB type-c? finger print sensor Snapdragon 650 is Confirmed to G4 Plus? because i want to buy a mobile with finger print sensor & USB type-c connector which was reversible and feature connectors

  19. Waiting for the 4th Generation….but what do you mean “It doesn’t have a HOME button?”

  20. Is there any possibility that Moto G4(not Moto G4 plus or pro) be priced under 10K for Indian market?

  21. If Moto G phones need to be popular in Indian market maintaining its market share then it must do 2 things:
    1) Price of Moto G4,G4 plus esp Moto G4 should be around 10-12K only
    2) Moto G4 SoC should be atleast Snapdragon 617 or 650.

  22. Plz share every one..

    Honestly iam using moto g 2 .. iam a lover of motorolla iam waiting for moto g4..

    MOTO why differ from other than any mobiles?… my ans is when i look at the phone i noticed two speakers and back nice grippy curved panel…. but Why LENOVO remove the bottom speaker and put there FINGER PRINT sensor and changed back design…so i noticed one thing this is not MOTO mobile.. it is LENOVO mobile…MOTO we love u.. but sorry REST IN PEASCE..

  23. I have Moto X play 32 gb. But its lack Gyroscope… 🙁
    I am a Virtual Reality app and game dev. Every bit of Moto x play was okay for me, but this issue prompts me to sell my phone.
    Hoping that G4 will have all the sensors..

  24. Looking forward to it. Was thinking about ‘upgrading’ my dying One M8 to a Moto G3, but it looks like it’ll be worth waiting!

  25. Hope it has USB C, µSD card, wireless charging. Snapdragon 820 would be nice but probably too high-end

  26. I would like to see more RAM memory. I am not an expert but I think some big android apps use up to 3gb of RAM. Also battery with more mAH would be great.

  27. I’m expecting very good camera with better macro software although g3 also has a good camera..

  28. Plz give me the mobile free u can do it moto g 4 gen 3 GB RAM come on fast I am waiting

  29. I was attract for Moto G4 Plus because of Dolby Atom, But missing of it disappoint to me and my attraction…

  30. I am currently stuck with no phone because i`m waiting for the moto g4. Hope it will a fingerprint and quick charge with a price of around 200euro.

  31. I started loving moto as my father bought a moto g 3 it is worth for money and it has everything that is necessary. I hope moto will not disappoint us in the next generation too..thank you for the giveaway..

  32. I am looking forward to this new Moto g3. Hopefully it can really compare to te current generation smart phones

  33. Waiting for coming 4 generation moto mobile… Amazing specifications… Qualcom processor… Snapdragon…

  34. I haven’t heard anything about a Snapdragon 650 processor. Looking forward to seeing how it performs.

  35. I just want it to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SOC clocked Up to 1.2 GHz octa-core(8x ARM® Cortex™ A53

  36. Seems like a good deal with all the details rumored here and the price at which this will be offered. Looking forward to 17th May now.

  37. Amoled display & IR blaster should be added. Moto have been making good phones.hope 4th gen rocks.

  38. Wow… ! moto g4 & g4+ really. I am waiting for this series because I have moto g3 with great features but don’t like 5″ because 5.5 inch is better. But no problem I will buy it. Thanks MOTO..

  39. 1024×768 resolution is a 4:3 aspect ratio. Are you sure 1280×720 px wasn’t the lower resolution?

  40. Have any Idea about display ppi for moto g4 plus, is it same as moto g3 294 ppi or higher?
    Is moto g4 plus will available with 32gb storage?

    Motorola must have to improve Display, Camera and Sound quality.

  41. Still !!! I’ve no any kind of smart phone in my life bt after read dis apparatus i would like 2 be my own smartphone only-n-only g4-plus az soon az possible when it release .
    ” Motorola:- The name iz enough ” . it’s just going 2 prove [MILESTONE]

  42. [email protected]

    Is moto g4 gonna release on 9th june ?? Plzzzz reply soon nd their exact price range in india ???

  43. Currently, We don’t have an exact release date and price of the phone. Stay tuned and visit this page regularly to get the latest updates.

  44. I want to buy moto G4 when it is releasing immediately plz inform that wen it is releasing and its specifications and price in india

  45. Does new Moto g4 heat up just lyk moto turbo edition ……and wat abt the exact month of the release ….plz reply as soon as possible as I wanna buy new phone in may

  46. I’m eagerly waiting for moto g4 ….plz tell me the release date in India and abt the fingerprint scanner and price ,screen size

  47. I am planning to buy a low budget smart phone, if moto g4 will release soon, i am ready for waiting, please reply

  48. I think motorola should launch their product and fast because its competitors(letv )are coming up with better smart phones and fast if moto launches their mobile late then no one will be able to buy it.. in moto g4 I would really like 5.5 inch screen and 4 gb ram with 64 gb internal memory cause all the remaining mobiles are having the same cost have more memory . Plz make ur mobile so that it could be like nexus .

    I hope motorola becomes the best mobile brand . Plz give out ur mobile fast……..!!!!!!!!

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  50. Hi Motorola I have been a huge fan of Motorola since I have bought g3 at its earliest date of availability I am looking forward to buy moto g4 the only thing I don’t like on this phn is its bezel plz reduce it on moto g4 or make it 5.2 inch on same dimensions it will reduce bezel and by hardware & software I trust you ,you will not disappoint is it getting finger print scanner ? And Dolby audio if it comes it will be a huge competition to others I’ll be waiting for my question thanks

  51. what would the camera specifications both front and main camera and say whether both the cameras has led flashes?
    is 21mp or mp main and front camera is it 5 or 8mp ? what would the price range? is it a full hd display

  52. hello MOTO team,

    Did u listen the MOTO G TURBO was plop because of heating too much upcourse it reaches my phone arround 40 degree. so notice my suggetion and find the cause why it was heating..
    My suggetions only for better feature ..thank u

  53. hello moto team,

    Iam kesava from India . Iam veary eager waiting for MOTO G 4 th genaration. Iam a lover of motorolla. But unfortunatelu moto g 3 turbo was isues of heating more than 40 centigrade.
    That is the main cause for waiting 4 th genaration, Iam very happy with moto G but my suggetion is improve the battery atleast 4000 amp.
    send me the releasing dates of moto g 4 th genaration to my mail.
    thank you

  54. Plz launch moto g4 as soon as b’coz i’m confused which i buy redimi note 3,k4 note & j7 or i wait for moto g4

  55. i am great fan of moto g series m using moto g 1,2,3,so m very exited of moto g4 ,
    no one software & hardware of motorola device fastet every year change the look and model i love moto………..

  56. I love moto’s smartphones. it’s give good features in low price and Indian’s are very lucky because moto g4 first launching in India.

  57. I’m waiting for Moto g4 3gb ram editing. Which day is Moto g4 3GB ram it comes in India? Please send the reply in to my mail.

  58. Awesome… Specifications especially 3gb ram…. 1080p resolution…. But 30th of May. . Is too late. .

  59. sir I m huge fan of moto g series your phones are best and I am really waiting for your next center of attraction can you tell me about its specifications please

  60. Moto team your awesome for moto g 1 2 3 and also TURBO ADITION all are very good smart phone for every every every person on this planet bcoz budget phone quality phone standard phone work is all about are very awesome ………. and i’ll wait next 4th gen. Moto GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG A Lenovo company but what about SD652 chipset in moto g 4th or 2016……….. if if if if …… you know this phone is no.1 smart phone in 2016.

  61. can I have that India releasing date. ?????????
    and how much. it’s price????????

    nice and good looking phone and futures wawo super collation

    sir just ask you it’s. weather resistant. no????

  62. Moto G 2nd gen screen 5 inches
    Moto G 3rd gen screen 5 inches
    please moto team upgrade Moto G 4th gen screen 5.2 inches. Im waiting for Moto G 4th gen 5.2 inches

  63. Is the moto G4 with 2 sim card?
    One site says yes, the other no. I want clearness, because I really need a dual sim smartphone. I want the moto G4 but if it is without dual sim, I will buy another GSM.

  64. lenovo going to launch new mid range phones day by day what does Motorola doing ???? as they are same company……..release moto g4 as soon possible….. in this way moto will lost market…

  65. Is it sure that the moto G4 will be available with dual sim?
    I need a dual sim and if I know that the moto G4 will be dual sim, I will wait, otherwise I will buy anothere one.

  66. Tell me most features of ur new moto 2016…..like imprint, screen resolution, camera, battery…nd All other features. …

  67. Hello Moto Team,
    1. Can you tell me Moto G 4th Gen will be with plastic body or metal body?
    2. Battery rating and MP of front camera?
    And thank you for these advance details. Kudos to Moto Team.

  68. Hi moto team,

    could you please tell what will be the screen size of moto g 4th gen and also the resolution of it… because I have to buy a new mobile and am confused to go with lenovo k4 note or wait for moto g 4th gen. please reply soon…

  69. Hi,
    continuing from the last post….. its like my phone dies out the moment i turn on the net without a charger connected to it… and can take max 25 mins of constant call before dying out… hanging on to this phone can max be till march…. i really hope motorola decision makers atleast come up with a confirmed release date by then…!!!!!

  70. How many chances are there of having a finger print sensor in moto g4 and what will be the pricing of the phone?

  71. Can moto g4 available in may first week beacause its my birthday i havr to borrow moto g4 how much it will cost in india version of 3gb ram??? Thanks

  72. If you can wait for some months then Moto G 4th Generation will be a great smartphone for you. But if you can’t then consider Moto G Turbo, it is a Good smartphone for everyday use and Gaming. You can also read our review about it.

  73. Any update on the release date of moto g 2016 (4th gen) ? coz i badly need to buy a phone. please reply to my question as soon as possible.

  74. i am planning to buy moto g3 but as i heard that motorola will be launching moto g4 should i wait or buy i would also like to know if their is another phone in this budget….i m killing to spend upta 13k..

  75. Tell me which is great android phone of motorola on the basis of smart battery life great performance , ram management
    And all the ratings by people

  76. I think the Moto G3 was better than moto G turbo in terms of battery and didn’t have any heating issues. However if turbo charging had been implemented on the G3 it wud have been great!

  77. If you can Moto G Turbo Edition then buy that Moto G3 is a budget phone and the turbo edition is a upper-class phone with lot’s of performance enhancements.

  78. How much time you will take to launch the G4 ? Because I want to buy if its takes alot time let me know.I would like to buy G3 too.
    Tell me which is better, should I wait for G4

  79. Nice! I can already see the difference between the Gen 3 and Gen 4: octa-core processor as opposed to quad-core on the G3, SD card capacity upped to 64GB, 1080p video capture, and playback are those I see right away. Hope the price remains similar to the Gen 3.

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