Moto G4 Plus review: Tuned up

Tuned up

GSMArena team, 07 November 2016.


The original Moto G is one of those legendary devices that has earned itself a well-deserved iconic status. It single-handedly put Motorola on the map in many countries and established its reputation as a go-to brand for reliable, well-built and well-supported near-stock Android handsets on the cheap.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review

Those are definitely some tough shoes to fill - a task which consecutive Moto G generations have overall managed to tackle quite well. The vanilla Android scene has proven to be quite a frantic battle field. Google's unspoken decision to start raising the price category on Nexus devices after 2013 has traditionally fostered the prosperity of Motorola's budget approach to AOSP with the Moto G and Moto E.

Since then, it appears, things have only been going uphill. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL, with their eye-watering price point have left even more market room for devices like the Moto G to fill. However, it is truly a changed AOSP world out there. Now that Google decided to step in with its colossal marketing wrath and make the fight personal, while Motorola arguably dropped the ball quite a bit on long-term software support, it is the perfect time to take a step back and reevaluate the stakes.

Moto G4 Plus key features

  • 5.5" IPS LCD display of 1,080 x 1,920px resolution; 401ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset; quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU; Adreno 405 GPU; 2GB/3GB/4GB of RAM;
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB of built-in memory; dedicated microSD card slot (up to 256GB)
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 16MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture with PDAF and laser autofocus; dual-tone LED flash
  • 1080p video capture @ 30fps video capture
  • 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • Front-mounted fingerprint reader
  • Dual-SIM model available; Cat. 4 LTE support; 802.11a/g/b/n; Bluetooth 4.1 LE; GPS
  • 3,000mAh battery; TurboPower quick charging
  • Water repellent nano-coating

Main shortcomings

  • Older chipset only capable of 1080p video capture
  • No NFC or magnetometer (digital compass)
  • The battery is not user-replaceable

It is still early to say whether Motorola's, or rather Lenovo's new-found inclination towards expanding into upper-midrange territory will pan out good in the long run, but it is an undeniable fact. Just like last year, this time around the Moto G has a trimmed-out mate to accompany it on the market. But that is about as far as the similarities stretch, as changes are no longer confined to more RAM and storage.

The Moto G4 Plus is an unmistakable attempt to reach a higher market ground, which, we guess, comes naturally with the extra breathing room vacated by the dismantling of the Nexus lineup. Besides the aforementioned extra multitasking headroom and photo space, opting for the Plus now gets you a better camera, at least on paper and a fingerprint reader - a Moto G first. The upgrades, while not pricey, definitely don't come for free.

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Motorola Moto G4 Plus in official photos

The only logical question then is, are they worth the extra $50 or so, or has Motorola gone down the rabbit hole, just because it could. Follow along in the next section, as we kick things off with a close look at the polarizing Moto G4 Plus design.

Reader comments

  • Sanjay m

Best mobile till now for me its working without problem since june 2016. still running like new phone.

  • Jones Kirubakar.

Best Mobile in Motorola, Dual Flash, Laser Autofocus, Front Fingerprint, Center in Headphone Jack Present, Turbo Power Battery Charging, 5.5" , 77mm(width) Broad Large Screen, very cheap Price, All is well, Good Budget Smartphone @ Motorola History, ...

  • Amit

Change the charging cable.. use the good quality cable