Specs summary


The Motorola Moto G4's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow 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), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 1221 minutes (3G), 678 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Moto G4 proves a budget phone can be quite capable.

- Jen Karner , Android Community 

Moto G4 is a decent mid-range smartphone, and features an ergonomic design. But, for most young buyers, other options would make more sense.

- Hansa Verma , The Indian Express 

Reviews summary

Based on 18 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful display
  • All-day battery life
  • Price
  • Dual-SIM option
  • Clutter-free interface
  • Above-average camera

What's bad  

  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • Non-removable battery
  • No NFC
  • No TurboPower charger included

The Motorola G-Series has built a loyal following on its affordable pricing, bloat-free software and attention to design details. However, Motorola has changed hands from Google to Lenovo since the last release--leaving some wondering what will come of the phone line. With the new Motorola Moto G4, it seems the answer is finally here!

We’ve scoured the leading review sites to see what people are saying about the phone. Let’s take a look at what they’re saying!

Looking at the phone, you’re greeted with a plastic chassis typical of the budget- to mid-tier market. Reviewers all agree that the design is one of the best currently available for the price. The Inquirer chimed in on the look, saying, “Yes it's simple, but the smooth curves make it stylish too.”

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The phone lacks the IPX7 water resistance of previous models, but the look overall remains very similar. Reviewers did note that the phone is quite large, due to the screen size, but comfortable to hold. GSMArena notes, “Moto G4 feels rock solid and you wouldn't have a hard time to pass off the side frame as metal (it isn't, though).”

Coming around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 5.5-inch IPS 1080p display. This is a substantial boost in size compared to previous models and about as large as a mobile screen gets before venturing into two-hand usage territory. As the largest screen on a G-series phone yet, reviews indicate that it’s not just about big numbers--the screen looks good too!

Expert Reviews put the display through a range of tests and declared that it offers “brilliant results for a budget smartphone, and its punchy colors look great regardless of whether you're browsing the web or looking at photos in your gallery.” Recombu agreed, saying, “the Moto G4 strikes a nice balance between realistic colors and eye-pleasing hues.”

Pushing all those pixels, you’ll find an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor. It is firmly mid-tier, but reviews indicate that it’s capable of solid performance. Expert Reviews said, “It's beautiful to use on a day-to-day basis and it's even a pretty capable gaming machine, too.” Combine with 2GB of RAM, the phone should offer smooth and reliable performance for the foreseeable future. Pocket-Lint put the through a series of benchmark tests, and the figures appear to back this up. They note, “Sure, it might not handle the latest 3D games, or offer 4K video capture, in the way that flagship handsets do, but in daily tasks there's little it won't do.”

You’ll find options for 16 or 32GB of internal storage. If you’re looking to keep your trove of music, movies or games on hand at all times, there’s also microSD card support for cards up to 128GB.

All reviews agreed that the 3,000mAh battery was great. The Inquirer notes, “We were able comfortably to get through a day on a single charge, but you'll need to recharge before picking up your adventures the next day.” The phone includes TurboPower charging support, though you’ll have to shell out a little extra to get the charger, as it’s only included with the beefier G4 Plus by default. With the charger, Lenovo claims you can get up to 6 hours of usage out of a 15-minute charge.

For those looking to take snapshots on the go, you’ll find a 13MP rear camera with phase detection auto-focus and dual-tone LED flash. The phone received some criticism for its low-light performance and the color reproduction in videos. However, reviews for the camera are generally positive. GSM Arena says, “Image quality is above average for the class, though colors are slightly oversaturated.” The camera software gets equally good reviews, with The Inquirer noting, “This is very much a pick-up-and-shoot experience, and what you see is what you get.” For selfie fans and video chatters, Alphr says the 5MP front-facing lens “captures colorful and crisp selfies.”

It appears that Lenovo has chosen to stay true to the G-series software experience as well. You’ll find the interface very similar to stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Reviewers all noted smooth performance and little bloatware. They also loved the gesture controls. The flick and chop actions for launching the camera and enabling the flashlight were particularly popular.

There were a couple of minor complaints about the Moto G4. The first is a lack of NFC--this means no Android Pay or tap-syncing of information. The second was the lack of fingerprint sensor--an increasingly common inclusion.

Overall, reviews indicate that the phone brings the G-series up to date without deviating far from the popular Motorola formula. Alphr loved the handset, saying, “The Moto G4 is an extraordinarily good budget smartphone; a little large, perhaps, but for the money, it's basically flawless.”

However, if you’re looking to use the TurboPower feature, you might consider the G4 Plus, as it includes the charger and a few improved features for slightly more than the cost of the charger outright.

Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


Low price, impressively powerful

from TechRadar
The Moto G4 is an impressive improvement upon older generations of Motorola's most popular handset and it may well be the best phone you can buy on a budget... Full review
Tech Advisor

One of the best phones under £200

from Tech Advisor
Although the new Moto G4 is more expensive than the third-generation, Motorola is offering a Full HD screen, better processor, more storage and memory. Not everyone will enjoy the jump to 5.5in or the lack of full waterproofing but this is still a brilliant phone for under £200. Just bear in mind that the 3rd-gen Moto G is now a great buy at £149 and the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 offers similar specs for just £125 (albeit SIM-locked)... Full review
Android Community

Balanced on a budget

from Android Community
So is the Moto G4 worth the $199.99 price tag? In a word, yes. This phone packs a serious punch for its asking cost. You get fantastic battery life, a decent display, and a camera that delivers great results. While there are some small issues it doesn't take away from the whole package, and the Moto G4 is a contender in the budget range of phones... Full review

Right on the money for cash value

from SlashGear
If you want to spend no more than $200 (plus whatever tax is in order) on a smartphone, Moto G4 is still the best smartphone on the market. Motorola's industrial design may have become a bit more bland this time around, but the device is right on the money for cash value... Full review
Tom's Guide

Bright, big display; decent performance; and above-average battery life

from Tom's Guide
The budget-phone segment is becoming increasingly competitive, with a number of sub-$200 phones now offering long battery life, increased durability or some combination of attractive features. Lenovo's enhancements to the Moto G4 keep that phone near the front of the budget pack... Full review
Ars Technica

Without quick updates this phone is merely good, not great

from Ars Technica
The G4 is still a really solid budget smartphone. But I can't recommend it as loudly or as happily as I could recommend the original Moto G, nor is it the cheapest decent phone you can buy. Consumers could do worse, but Lenovo could do better... Full review
Digital Trends

An amazing budget phone

from Digital Trends
Lenovo focused in on all the right things with the Moto G4. The big display is a pleasure to use, the camera is solid, the battery lasts beyond a day, and performance is smooth... Full review
Fone Arena

Clean software build, above average performance

from Fone Arena
The Moto G4 is a good phone. What we’re not too sure of is the price to performance ratio. The device has been launched in a market with no dearth of competition and frankly, the competitors offer a lot more for the price... Full review

Solid performance for the price

from Engadget
The Moto G4 is a decent step up from the Moto G, thanks to its larger and sharper screen. But it still doesn't have a great camera... Full review

Very decent smartphone, offering good battery life and a decent camera

from Digit
The Moto G4 is a decent smartphone, offering one of the best smartphone photography in the budget segment, along with good battery life. Unfortunately, it does not offer the all-round performance balance that the likes of LeEco Le 2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo ZUK Z1 do. It is a good smartphone, only not the best... Full review

Lost all my data, contact's n #s. Cricket store said they fixed it. Instead I got slammed and Cricket refused to help. If I wanted help I'd have to get "court order". Will never trust another Google Motorola phone.
Lost all my data, contact's n #s. Cricket store said they fixed it. Instead I got slammed and Cricket refused to help. If I wanted help I'd have to get "court order". Will never trust another Google Motorola phone. Less

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Full Specs

Release date May 18, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.23 W/kg
Body: 1.1 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 580 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 678 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1221 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm
(6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 155 grams
(5.5 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 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 No
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 No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
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 Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
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 No
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 Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, 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 Display flash
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 Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto G (4th Gen), Moto G (2016)

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