Motorola Moto E4 Plus

6.7/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


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


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 or capture video 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 2 days standby time.

Good camera photos and a quick-charge function are two things that make the Motorola Moto E4 Plus stand out from among its competition.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck 

The Moto E4 Plus is the best phone you can buy for under $200.

- Adam Ismail , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

Based on 12 reviews

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…

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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.”

Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)

Tom's Guide

Big-time battery boost for your buck

from 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... Full review
The Verge

A utilitarian workhorse

from 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... Full review

Appeals with its quick-charge function and good camera

from Notebookcheck
The Moto E4 Plus offers a solid performance, but as it so often happens, better is the enemy of good. Lenovo should have definitely given the Moto E4 Plus a performance upgrade compared to its smaller brother, because there are many smartphones with higher performance around in this price range. The smartphone has also only partly kept its promise of extremely long battery runtimes and falls behind other comparison devices with smaller batteries... Full review

A decent device for its price

from Phonedog

It lacks bloatware and lasts reliably for a couple of days on a single charge. Motorola’s Active Display is great for checking notifications on the fly, and the fingerprint reader seems to have no issues reading my fingerprints. It supports microSD cards and has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Ads can be intrusive and annoying at times, but become “normal” and fairly easy to ignore after getting used to things, or simply removed for an extra $50. The device could have used more RAM, and the 16GB model probably won’t suit most people’s needs for very long before having... Full review

Digital Trends

Affordable, incredibly long-lasting battery, smooth performance

from Digital Trends
The Moto E4 Plus is one of the best devices at its price point, offering unparalleled battery life and performance that defies its modest hardware. While the G5 Plus is certainly worthy of consideration, the E4 Plus is more budget-friendly... Full review
Phone Scoop

An affordable Android smartphone that keeps going and going and going

from Phone Scoop

As long as you don't mind the larger and heavier footprint, the Moto E4 Plus delivers huge gains in battery life and camera quality. These make it a better option than the E4 in my eyes, despite the cost and size differences. Motorola didn't do anything to spice up the phone's design, but the rear panel has some new metal that I like. The large screen is nice and bright, while wireless and voice performance were above average for this class of device. The battery life — close to two days — is killer, and reason enough to buy this phone. The E4 Plus outlasts most other phone... Full review


The Never-ending Battery

from SlashGear

Now that the Moto E4 Plus is ready to roll in the United States, we’ve got an interesting price/value proposition on our hands. Straight from Motorola online this device is available for $179, no strings attached. As such, this device is quite easily one of the best long battery life basic-function smartphones on the market for this price. This isn’t a phone that’s going to blow your mind with chip performance. It’s not here to be a mobile news reporter’s best friend for high-quality photos and/or video. But it’ll get you your emails and it’ll... Full review

Android Police

Dangerously close to the perfect budget phone

from Android Police

The Moto E4 gets dangerously close to being the perfect combination of budget phone give and take. Sure, it's slow, but the battery lasts forever. Yes, the display resolution isn't great, but it's a big screen, and I think most people tend to prefer that anyway. It doesn't skimp on the really important stuff - it works on all four major carriers, the camera is usable, there's a decent fingerprint scanner, you can buy one with enough storage - but it does leave a few things off my checklist for an "ideal" budget handset. Specifically, I'd really, really like to see NFC and a slightly more mo... Full review

PC Magazine

An affordable, well-built phone with a big battery

from PC Magazine

The Moto E4 Plus is our low-end battery champ, beating beefy competitors like the LG X Power on endurance. But the added cost of the big battery puts the E4 Plus in a slightly awkward place. At $180 unlocked (or even at $130 on a carrier), it comes very close to the $185 Amazon Prime subsidized entry-level price for the Moto G5 Plus, which has a noticeably better screen and faster processor. Motorola is really on a roll with its low-end phones. The E and G series continue to be great values, with their fresh versions of Android, solid reputation for reliability, and four-carrier compat... Full review

The Mobile Indian

Packs some good internals coupled with a massive battery

from The Mobile Indian
The Moto E4 Plus comes with a metal build, boast some decent cameras and the 5000mAh battery surely looks tempting. On the downside, the phone is powered by an old processor which might affect its overall performance. As for the competition is concerned, the smartphone will compete against, Xiaomi Redmi 4, Lenovo K6 Power, Coolpad Note 5, and Xiaomi Redmi 4... Full review


Worst phone I have ever had.Poor connectivity. Volte Jio sim most of the time not reachable.Camera ok.

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Full Specs

Release date June 26, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, India
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 Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
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
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Fine Gold, Iron Gray, Oxford Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.5 x 7.8 x 1.0 cm
(6.1 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 198 grams
(7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates 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
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services 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
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Multi-shot, Front camera flash, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Variants

- UK variant has 3 GB of RAM

- US variant doesn't have NFC
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