Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus officially available to pre-order in the US, prices start at $199

Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus officially available to pre-order in the US, prices start at $199
Starting today, Motorola US is officially taking pre-orders for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, which will be released on July 12. Customers will find the two new Moto handsets in various places, including at Motorola.com, Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and Walmart. Republic Wireless will also sell the devices, but only starting July 28. If you pre-order or purchase any of the two handsets from Best Buy (from now until July 30), you'll receive a $50 gift card.

The Moto G4 costs $199.99 (16 GB version), or $229.99 (32 GB version). As expected, the Moto G4 Plus is a bit more expensive: $249.99 (16 GB model), or $299 (64 GB model). We have to note that the Moto G4 Plus 64 GB is the only one that offers 4 GB of RAM, the other three handsets coming with just 2 GB.

Both the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are offered unlocked, and will work on all major US carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. You can customize the phones via Moto Maker, being able to choose between a variety of front, rear, and accent colors - check out all the options at Motorola's website (see the source links at the end of this article).

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus run near stock Android Marshmallow, and have many common features, including 5.5-inch 1080p displays, Snapdragon 617 processors, and 3000 mAh batteries. But the Moto G4 Plus offers things that the regular G4 doesn't: a fingerprint scanner, and a better 16 MP rear camera. For more details on the two handsets, check out our Moto G4 Plus vs. Moto G4 vs. Moto G4 Play comparison


sources: Motorola (Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus), Best Buy

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Moto G4 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
Moto G4
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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32 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

That processor!!

5. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

What about that processor? There are certain manufacturers which are termed Tier 1 OEMs: Samsung, Apple, Sony, Motorola, HTC, Nokia, LG and Blackberry are Tier 1 brands. Their flagships cost north of $500 almost always and apart from Moto all their budget offerings are comparatively expensive (yes Apple has midrange offerings as well - SE and whatever is left of previous years' stocks). At the moment HTC One A9 employs a SD617 and costs $400. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) employs an inferior SD615 (which Moto had in its X Play) and it costs $500. Motorola is giving you SD617 with 64Gb of expandable storage, 4Gb of RAM and a 16mp camera at $300. From a Tier 1 OEM that is the only budget offering worth having not to mention way faster updates than any other OEM for the Moto series... Remind what about 'That processor!!'?

9. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

SE is not a fair comparison. A9 is like 2-3x better than SD 617. And I wouldn't consider lenovo any better brand than, say xiaomi. Xiaomi sells 120$ phones with SD 650 which is way better than this overheating crap. 617 is just rebranded 615 and still retains the same issues of 2015 qualcomm SoCs. Not to mention Samsung also has phones like j7 2016 which offer exynos 7870(14 nm) with mali 8 series GPU for under 300$. Just because HTC and Sony are making terrible midrangers doesn't mean lenovo can do it too. Moto were the trendsetters.

12. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

A9 may be better but SE is a budget offering compared to iPhone 6s. Furthermore the Moto has a better screen as well as a better fingerprint scanner than the SE, most probably better speaker and mics as well. And you are not buying a Lenovo, you're buying a Moto by Lenovo. There is a difference. Lenovo releases comparative offerings against Xiaomi with their VibeUI, so not really a Lenovo designed and engineered product you're getting, hence a Tier 1 brand. J series have TouchWiz which means even 3gb of RAM ain't enough plus they omit stuff like an ambient light sensor etc. so idk what you're on about. Give me any two phones from a Tier 1 manufacturer that gives you SD617 with 4gb of RAM, 64gb of storage and a fingerprint sensor under $300 and we can discuss this further.

20. fyah_king unregistered

It will lag on that 1080p with that processor. "That processor!":)

21. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Troll harder next time :)

22. fyah_king unregistered

Troll? I have a phone with this processor and it lags. So, you go and troll somewhere else.

2. sswain

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Dual SIM or single SIM?

3. Sebaeza

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Still overheating?

6. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I don't know of any phone that doesn't 'overheat'. Plug in a fast charger, play music over the speaker, open a few PhoneArena tabs and even the 6s Plus would 'overheat'.

10. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

No, it wont. Overheating means the phone reaching thermal limits and starts stuttering because of bad stuttering. Moto G4 starts to crap after you ise camera for half hour or so. It becomes sluggish as crap and camera force closes. Try to replicate that on a SD 820 phone.

13. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

The iPhone does heat up. You must be smoking some serious hash. Sony Xperia Z3 with a SD801 force closes camera after 10 minutes of video recording and heats up enough for you to dunk it in water. That was a flagship. The iPhone heats up quite a lot when playing intensive games with it on charge as well. Enough to lag like a bitch on E. Plus I've been reading ghost touch issues on the G during charging and most (if not all) are caused by the user not plugging in the adapter in an earthed socket. You can find faults but the only real negative of this phone at this price is mushy buttons, nothing else. Definitely not the SoC.

15. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

For me the negative is the SoC. And that was z3+, not the z3. It used SD 810. https://youtu.be/aKsafW5SS7Q ^go to about 8:45

16. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Err no I bought my dad a Z3 instead of a Z3+ with 801 not 810. Z3+ had it worse. My brother has a Moto X 2014 and both shooting 1080p videos, the X is definitely better thermally. Maybe it's because of waterproofing or the camera sensor or the 600nits bright display or something else entirely but the Z3 definitely overheats (the top left side just below the camera) After about 20 minutes of snapping pictures in manual mode or 10 min of 1080p video an error message appears saying that the camera app will shut down due to overheating.

18. Veteater

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Motorola released an OTA update fixing this issue, if you haven't heard. In the tests where the phone had the update, it performed well. It's overheating was minor at best in any other condition except for the camera, even before the update, so the only thing Moto had to work on was the Camera UI's sluggishness and crashing. But this problem has been fixed. Some guy did a test of the Moto G⁴ plus after the OTA update, and played moderate-intensive games for about an hour, and the phone peaked at about 107°F (42°C for those who use the metric system). Sure, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is less expensive with a faster processor, but what good is a fast processor if the UI is for garbage? But then again, I'm all about stock android, or anything well optimized, which mostly goes hand in hand with stock android. I could recreate overheating on an HTC one M9 easily, or an LG G4 if you like. And it would take me about 10 minutes for the M9, and about 20-30 for the G4.

4. SyCo87

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

No 3gb version? 4gb is overkill and 2gb is too little. If not, oneplus 3 or Asus Zen then.

27. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

16gb rom with 2gb ram, 32 with 3, 64 with 4. 3 storage options

32. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The Canadian version has 2GB of ram yet its 32GB...

7. Avenger337

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

good prices for Motorola star in the middle range. The processor does its work in the available versions fairly well while the SD 625 zenfone 3 will be higher.

8. Avenger337

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

good prices for Motorola star in the middle range. The processor does its work in the available versions fairly well while the SD 625 zenfone 3 will be higher.

11. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

The g4 plus will be great a little later this year when it goes on sale. I'll bet the 64gb version will be close to 200 by black Friday.

14. srgonu

Posts: 548; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

One plus 3 with SD820 seems a better buy for the price of Moto G4 plus

17. SyCo87

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Oneplus 3 is $399 and the highest version of Moto G(4) is $299.

19. Veteater

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

The 4GB ram variant of the Moto G⁴ plus is $299. Even with the slower processor, I would save myself $100. Why? Because I personally like the Moto Pure UI better than the OxygenOS UI. Plastic is more durable than Aluminum, AMOLED= screen retention and burn in 6 months down the line (believe me, I'm probably gonna have to RMA my turbo 2 because the screen is pretty much trashed, and my Nexus 6p is starting to get burn in. Most importantly, I'm on Verizon and the Oneplus 3 won't work.

23. srgonu

Posts: 548; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Not sure what you are doing with your screens. My note edge is running without a flaw. I agree One Plus is $100 more, but you don't have to water looking at newer flagships performance for at least next 2 years and feel bad compromising on $100. Also, with 6GB RAM, it is sorta future proof for some time. What you do with finger scanner without NFC. Purpose is defeated.

25. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Strangely only Samsung devices are reportedly not having much issues with burn-ins.

33. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

PLASTIC is really more durable than Aluminium?

24. Elfmonster unregistered

I might be all over this is it were 5.7, 6, 6.4. Pretty hard for people who prefer 5.5 to pass this up, though. What's the downside?

28. Telemike

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Just bought a Nexus 5X for $249 from Fi. The G4+ @ $299 would have been tempting for that 4GB RAM and 64GB. My 5X is 2GB/ 32 GB. But the 808 is snappy and pure Android is smooth and never laggy

29. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Probably a better "pocket-friendly" phone too (sizewise)

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