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Informr score
The Motorola Moto E4 Plus currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 15 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Bright display with accurate colors
  • Bloat-free software
  • microSD support
  • Ample storage
  • Solid design
  • Massive battery

What's bad

  • No NFC
  • Slow charge times
  • Poor multitasking
  • 720p resolution
  • Weak speaker

The Moto E-series created a reputation for affordable phones with the essential features and not much more. The E4 Plus aims to take everything people love about the series and make it bigger.

But while budget specs might work well on a smaller phone, heading into phablet territory is trickier.

Does the E4 Plus have what it takes to keep reviewers happy and offer a compelling value to those looking for a big-screen experience at a small-screen price?

Reviews are out! Let’s see what they have to say…

Unlike many budget and mid-tier phones, the E4 Plus sports a metal back and chassis. Though some reviews found the phone bland, they liked how it felt in the hand. Digital Trends called it “unremarkable, but not at all offensive.”

Many reviewers mentioned the heft of the phone. But they were quick to point out it was never uncomfortable. The added space to accommodate the massive battery also means you won’t find the slim bezels and trim lines of many of this year’s other releases.

Phone Scoop said, “... those with small hands may find the phone too big.”

The same comments regarding chunky dimensions carried over to the front of the phone. Reviewers noted sizeable bezels wrapping around the 5.5-inch display. Worse still, if you’re looking to binge watch movies or play the latest games on your phone, you might not have the best experience.

The 720p resolution struck reviewers as fine for text and basic use. They also liked the color and viewing angles on offer.

However, reviewers noted it was easy to see pixels when close to the screen. Some also had issues with reflections and glare in bright environments.

Phone Arena summed up opinions on the display well saying, “Seeing as today's handsets often have a super-sharp image, we dare say that this is noticeable to the point of being slightly irking.”

Performance reviews were mixed. The phone’s 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM kept the phone moving at a steady pace for most. Yet, reviewers were quick to point out that steady doesn’t mean fast. Heavy multitasking or graphics-intensive games brought long loading times and stutters.

With 16 or 32GB of storage space and microSD support, you should have no trouble keeping your favorite apps, albums or a season of your latest TV obsession onboard. Reviewers also noted that Motorola was light with their treatment of Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

The phone’s 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing lens earned praise. Phone Scoop said, “I was pleased with the majority of shots I captured with the E4 Plus. They were sharp, colorful, and properly exposed.”

While low-light shooting wasn’t as good as what you’ll find in a high-end phone, reviewers found results acceptable. Apart from slow autofocus speeds, many found their shots respectable and with minimal noise compared to pictures captured on similarly priced phones.

One thing stood out in every review—the battery. Sporting a 5,000mAh cell, reviewers had zero problems making it through a full day. This included gaming, web browsing and other power hungry tasks. Many made it two days plus before having to hit a charger.

Unfortunately, when it’s time to charge, things take a while. Motorola didn’t include Quick Charge support with the Moto E4 Plus. Instead they opted for their own Rapid Charge technology.

Overall, reviews for the phone are positive—particularly for its price. However, power users and media lovers might want to look at something with more power or a better display. Digital Trends summed up opinions well, saying, “The design is fine, and the performance is respectable, but the humongous battery is the real reason you’d buy an E4 Plus. It doesn’t disappoint.”

Operating system
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
13+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Moto E4 Plus comes with much better battery life than both its cheaper sibling, the Moto E4, and the more expensive Moto G5, but if you’re after for a more powerful phone with a Full HD screen you may be better off going for the G5 despite its higher price. However, if battery life is your...

- James Peckham, TechRadar

If a long-life battery tops your list of phone needs, then E4 Plus would be a wise choice under Rs.20,000. It offers a big screen with scratch resistant and water repellent coating, decent camera, fast fingerprint sensor, dedicated SDcard slot and bloatware free OS as the additional benefits. Howeve...

- Bivek Khatiwada, Gadgetbyte
Talk Android

Both the Moto E4 and the Moto E4 Plus reside at what might be described as the bottom end of the market. With prices that are rock bottom, they are not targeting consumers looking for especially capable hardware so it should come as no surprise that performance is not on par with a mid- or top-tier...

- Jeff Causey, Talk Android
The Verge

The Moto E4 Plus is a solid phone for $179. It will last you days, the processor is plenty fast, it can run all of the crucial apps with no issues, and the price tag is hard to beat.

- Micah Singleton, The Verge
Tom's Guide

The 5.5-inch Moto E4 Plus tackles one of the biggest problems with the smaller Moto E4 by delivering all-day battery life in an affordable device.

- Caitlin McGarry, Tom's Guide

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Common Questions

Motorola released the Moto E4 Plus on June 26, 2017.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Moto E4 Plus user manual here.

Motorola backs up the Moto E4 Plus with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Moto E4 Plus has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Motorola Moto E4 Plus's screen size is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 5000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 788 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto E4 Plus Specs

Release date June 26, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/2600/2500 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 704 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 788 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 888 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Iron Gray, Fine Gold, Oxford Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.5 x 7.8 x 1 cm (6.1 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 198 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
ƒ/ 2
13+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
5+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Multi-shot, Front camera flash, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Variants

- UK variant has 3 GB of RAM

- US variant doesn't have NFC
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