Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Plus comparison review: Motorola’s new 2016 phones compared

Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Plus comparison review: Motorola's new 2016 phones compared

Since 2013, Motorola has updated its Moto G phone annually at the least, and on 17 May it announced the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. The Moto G range represents Motorola’s mid-range Android smartphone offering, and they are pretty decent handsets for the price – under £200.

Check out our review of the new Moto G4, and the G4 Plus, plus our review of last year's Moto G 2015 which is now a bargain at £149.

There have been rumours of the new Moto G phones for a while, but now they are both announced, we take a look at how they compare. Will you go for the Moto G4 or the Moto G4 Plus?

Moto G vs Moto G4 Plus: Price

Firstly, there is a price difference. In the UK, the Moto G4 will retail at £159 from Tesco Mobile, Argos and Amazon. It's £169 from Motorola including customisation.

The Moto G4 Plus will be available exclusively in the UK from Amazon for £199 – for the base 16GB model with 2GB RAM. From the Moto Maker it starts at £229 for the 32GB model.

Here's our buying guide and run down of the best budget smartphones of 2016.

Moto G vs Moto G4 Plus: Key specifications and features

What’s the same?

Screen

You might expect the G4 Plus to have a larger screen, but it doesn’t. The ‘Plus’ model is in fact a beefed up version of the standard G4; both phones have a reasonably large 5.5-inch full HD display.

Processing power and battery

Both the G4 and the G4 Plus ship with the same processor, a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. They similarly both have an Adreno 405 GPU, a 3,000mAh battery with TurboPower fast-charging, as well as a 5Mp front-facing camera. However, only the G4 Plus will ship with a TurboPower charger.

Read on for the differences between the handsets.

What’s different?

Camera

The differences between the Moto G4 and the G4 Plus lie deeper. While the G4 has a 13Mp camera, the G4 Plus boosts up to a 16Mp snapper.

RAM and storage

The Moto G4 will be available with 16- or 32GB storage and 2GB RAM. Meanwhile, the G4 Plus comes with either 32- or 64GB of internal storage (or 16GB if you buy from retailers like Amazon) with the larger capacity coming with double the amount of memory, 4GB of RAM.

All G4 and G4 Plus models also have a Micro-SD card slot for expandable memory up to 128GB.

Fingerprint scanner

Out of the two, it’s only the Moto G4 Plus that has a fingerprint scanner which sits below the screen in similar fashion to devices like the Galaxy S7. So if you want that extra security and convenience, you won’t want to go for the Moto G4.

You can also read our updated coverage on the release of the Moto G4 and G4 Plus here.

Motorola Moto G4 (2016): Specs

  • 5.5-inch full HD display 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor Adreno 405 GPU 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower fast-charging 5 megapixel front-facing camera 13-megapixel rear facing camera 16GB storage 2GB RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD display 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor Adreno 405 GPU 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower fast-charging 5 megapixel front-facing camera 13-megapixel rear facing camera 16GB storage 2GB RAM

OUR VERDICT

It’s slightly unusual for a ‘plus’ model of a phone not to have a larger screen, and with the Moto G4 having largely the same specs as the G4 Plus, but an extra £30 for a fingerprint scanner and a better camera doesn't seem bad at all. It's a bit confusing but hopefully we've cleared things up for you so you can decide which Moto G4 is right for you.

3 Comments
  1. Reply Paul 04.08.2016 at 15:36

    Moto G4 Plus specs impress me a bit more than those of the Moto G4. Because of fingerprint scanner and camera.

  2. Reply Steph 26.09.2016 at 20:03

    Nahhh… i can do without a fingerprint scanner as i don`t see myself using it at all. As i get it these devices are almost the same and the greatest difference is in their titles only 😉

  3. Reply A. C. 26.09.2016 at 20:12

    I would rather spend those 30 pound on something else then. Moto G4 Plus got the “plus” bit because of its price maybe lol As for me these two phones are identical like the twin-brothers… just one of them is more expensive… I don`t wanna be fooled so i have no desire to pay for a mythical “plus”. Some people can be attracted by the new titles easily but that`s not about me.

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