Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus: price and release date analysis


Motorola's venerable Moto G line of value-packed smartphones has just been updated with not one, but two new entrants: the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus – these will be the volume-driving handsets from Moto in 2016. And since there won't be any significant delays between this announcement and the actual market release for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, we can imagine quite a few users are dying to know exactly when and for how much they'll be able to purchase these new supposedly affordable smartphones. We have some good news, and some bad news to share.

Release markets: Where the G4 and G4 Plus are going to be available?


Unfortunately, at this time, Motorola has announced the Moto G4 and G4 Plus for only one market: India. Release data about other potential markets is yet to be made available, but we can guess the duo will eventually make it to most parts of the world, including other parts of Asia, Europe, Latin and North America. It's 100% certain the G4 and G4 Plus will soon become available in Brazil, since Motorola executives at the event shared that Brazil is the #1 market for the Moto G, followed by India.

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Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus release date


Motorola has officially confirmed that all new Moto G4 phones: Moto G4, G4 Plus, and the lower-end G4 Play, will be available around mid-summer in the United States. In some other markets, the Moto G may be released a bit earlier – sometime in June, while India will see an immediate release of the Moto G4 Plus, which will become available there on May 18.

So, what's the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus price?


With the Moto G4 release date set to take place next month, Motorola has decided not to reveal the exact price for the handset. However, Motorola UK has mistakenly shared the prices for both models. Here they are: Moto G4 will cost £169, while Moto G4 Plus will start at £199.

Since these prices weren't supposed to be revealed, though, they may not be completely final. They do seem legit, however, since the Moto G4 Plus price in India will officially start at the equivalent of $200 (13,499 INR). We know what you're thinking – that's very nice and affordable, considering the promising hardware! Still, we have to note this is the price for the G4 Plus version with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB memory, while the version with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB memory will cost the equivalent of $225 (14,999 INR)... which is still a very low price. For India, Moto has announced that the phones will be available exclusively through Amazon.in.

For the US market, we can speculate the price for the Moto G4 will remain the same as that of its predecessor, at $179, but this time, it seems the handset will be loaded with 16 GB of internal memory, not 8 GB. Meanwhile, the Moto G4 Plus is expected to start at around $200 for the 16 GB unit, and go up to $225 for the 32 GB unit.


Related phones

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
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

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16 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7221; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Motorola can put out a 5.5" display with a resolution of 1920x1080, a 3000mha battery, 16 mp camera, 3gb of RAM and 32gb of expandable storage. This G4 even has the latest LTE cat 7. All for $200. Then Apples iPhone SE is still way overpriced.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@sgodsell Look at you I.D... S God Sell; tells a lot about yourself, mate! In any case, you're missing several glaring points, lad... A Snapdragon 617 @ 1.5Ghz CAN NOT hold a candle against 1.8Ghz Apple A9 SoC (With M9 Co-Processor reserved for A.I) Secondly, Even Snapdragon 820 Kryo Core has trouble keeping-up with iPhone A9 'Twister' Core... Whereas we are talking about relatively outdated and ancient Cortex-A53 here which is 50% less powerful than Cortex-A72; Let alone Kryo or Twister...! DDR4 RAM in iPhone SE vs. DDR3 in Mr. Moto... PowerVR GT7600 Hexa Core vs slow (but steady...?) Adreno 405...? Sorry, but you've to do better than that, Dear Friend! G'Day!

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And of course that extra processing power is mandatory to open Angry birds a half second faster, but I guess paying an extra $400+ for that half second makes you better than anyone with a Moto G so that's a good investment for you sir.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Fandroids are a force to be reckoned with, or so it seems... They'd go to outlandish depths just to prove their point... Which often make them look insecure & self-indulgent... @Scott93274 Might as well say: "I hate iPhones and you should too"... Oh Well... G'Day!

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I hate the fact that people over pay for iPhones and you should too. ;) We good now?

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@Scott93274 There's something unique about iPhone that differs it from The Android Herd... iOS... Apple has a niche... And they can afford to launch their product at any price point they fancy... Unlike Samsung & Huawei, who have to break a lot of sweat to differentiate their products from The Android Herd... It's simply called: MARKETING STRATEGY... Apple will keep the prices high as long as there's still demand...! Remember Motorola Razr? Nokia N Series? Blackberry Bold Series? Sony Ericsson Cybershot? They all were a niche in their own right! Nokia N92; for one; used to sell for $1,000 Aussie Bucks a long ago! Even iPhone 6S is cheaper than that!

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Good point about other devices being more expensive, but how relevant is that Nokia N92 these days? (LOL, I was actually really tempted to get that phone when it was still new) It's obvious that I'm not an Apple fan, but my point is that while they can turn a profit with their current price point, what they're charging now is the difference between 15%< global market share VS 85% which is around where Android sits at right now. If Apple had any common sense they would lower the cost of their phone a couple hundred dollars and increase the base size of their phone's storage which would drastically increase their user base and stimulate online revenue. They would make up the difference in digital downloads; apps, music, movies, cloud service subscriptions.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You were tempted to buy N92? Well, So was I...! The mentioned N92 as a mere example that Nokia had a niche as no company had such a product back then, and as such they launched it at an eye watering price...! Its beyond me why Apple doesn't lower the price of their iPhones...! An iPhone 7 at $500 would definitely sell like hot cakes...! Perhaps they want to keep their 'Elite' and 'Premium' image? iPhones would go out of fashion when everyone start rocking them! Like bread and butter, perhaps?! Oh well... I'm happy with my Nexus! G'Day!

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You're alright, enjoyed the argument, even the "insecure & self-indulgent" parts. Later.

12. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It doesn't change the fact that he's right. If you're not playing high end games then the performance difference between the G4 and the iPhone is negligible.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and playing angry birds on 5.5inch is far more enjoyable... btw they paid those extra money not for that half second defference, its for apple logo on its back

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Typical Mr. iBend... I wonder where's "Teachie The Transformer"...! P.A feels empty without his 'insightful' lectures... It's a delight to read them (Not really, I skim past his speech... Well, usually!)...

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

so the 750 S7 has no difference with all the ram and soc upgrades costing 750+...good to know its not just apple

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's not true at all, it now has less subtle lines in the phone case making it look prettier. LOL. The phone looks nothing like last year's model as a result. :P

15. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

You sound really dumb. I would never use a crappy iPhone but the 5se beats the moto G in all the hardware specs. It's overpriced just like all Apple products that are sold for $100 or so more than what the specifications would demand. Android fans love highly specced phones and I'm happy to see the latest exynos and snapdragon chips beating the a9, but don't dismiss a good gpu and cpu as if it only matters for playing basic games.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The irony of someone saying you sound really dumb when they have a Windows logo as their profile image. I don't dismiss the iPhone because of its performance, All my comments are geared towards pointing out out it's price point. Granted I have several other reasons not to like the phone personally, but none of these reasons are mentioned in my comments this time around.

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