Motorola Moto G4 goes official: 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 617, and TurboCharging aboard

The stars have aligned, Android fans! The Motorola Moto G4 just got official, having been unwrapped by Motorola at a dedicated event held today in New Delhi, India. Is it as good as its affordable predecessors or Motorola has lost its mojo after becoming a part of Lenovo? 

Let's find out!

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For starters, the new Moto G4 arrives with a 7.9mm body featuring metal accents at the rear, a micro-textured back with an interesting pattern, and finally, tapered edges that give it a modern look, as Motorola said. 

Oh, and that oh-so-iconic Motorola dimple is there at the back! We should mention that unlike the G4 Plus, the Moto G4 does not have a fingerprint reader at its front. Indeed, it looks pretty sleek in our opinion - we feel it's like a perfect mixture between Motorola's unmistakable design language and the new trends that are shaping up the industry right now. 

Talking about design, we have no official word if Moto Maker will be available for the phone, but we stumbled upon an official video that seemingly confirms Moto Maker is a go!


Unlike previous Moto G devices, which all came with run-of-the-mill 720p displays, the fourth-gen Moto G boasts a more pixel-dense 1080p one. Additionally, the display size has been amped up to 5.5 inches. Yes, this is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but these are the times we live in - gone are the days of compact Motorola phones. Still, this spec combo provides a very good pixel density of 401ppi. Protecting the display from scratches and damage is Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 - sorry, there is no DROID Turbo 2 shatter-proof mojo here!  All in all, nothing extraordinary per se, but we weren't expecting anything of that kind either.


Just as we suspected, we have a 1.5GHz, octa-core Snapdragon 617 chipset running the show with an Adreno 405 GPU sidekick. There are 2 gigs of RAM, as well as 16GB of storage. There is a microSD card slot inside, too. At the back, we find a 3,000mAh battery as well as TurboPower charging that provides up to 6 hours worth of battery life after a 15-min charge. Neat-o!

The device is an LTE-enabled one and supports VoLTE. Dual SIM and dual standby, both on LTE and 3G, have also made the cut. Yes, we said LTE, and we aren't wrong - just like last year's Moto G iteration, the Moto G4 boasts LTE connectivity, which is courtesy of Qualcomm's X8 LTE modem. Theoretically, it's capable of downloading data at 300Mbps and uploading it at 100 Mbps. 


At the back, we find a 13MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, aided by a color-balancing dual LED flash. The snapper's not as intriguing as the larger Moto G4 Plus, which Motorola was obviously very proud of, but it's still something. At the same time, there's a 5MP, f/2.2 selfie camera with at the front of the device. It's an 84-degree wide angle one, allowing more objects to fit in a shot - ideal for group selfies!

Interface and functionality

Software-wise, the Moto G4 arrives with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board. For the most part, it's the stock deal with just a handful of added features on top - Moto Display, as well as the new 'Swipe to unlock', 'Swipe to dismiss', and 'Pick up to stop ringing', which are all pretty self-explanatory.  There's a new clock widget on board, which might not suit just everyone, but is still a neat addition that stands out.

The Moto G4 will be made available next month and so far, we are not yet sure about its availability or pricing. We remain optimistic that it will be made available in the USA, eventually. You can check out our dedicated price and release analysis post right below for additional info.



1. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Why 5.5 inch? Too large. G4 should have been 5inch and G4 plus 5.5-6 inch. Snapdragon 617 is a welcome addition. but it is not a revolutionary addition.but great.

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

It has come to a sad reality all low range and mid range devices are 5.5 inch and flagships are 5.1 inch.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It has come to reality that it's impossible to buy good phone under 5 inches. Except for Apple, this is really sad

19. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Lol what a load of s**t

21. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Have you actually compared sizes on some of the 5.5" phones that don't have a lot of bezel and compared them to the iPhone 6? We're talking 5.8" vs. 5.44" tall and 3" vs 2.64" wide. It's not really that much of a difference. Apple = wasted real estate.

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

lots of nice sony handset under 5 inch you troll. Also several phone with 5.0 to 5.5 inch thats are about same size as an iphone 6.

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@xperiaZlover You just talked my mind...! +1 Yes, Snapdragon 617 isn't something to write home about... Cortex-A53 Cores, anyone? No even A72s which are about 50% Faster... The way I see it, better wait for Huawei P9 Lite... That thing is a BEAST for the price with 5.2" Full HD Display, 3,000mAh, A72 Octa Core (rumored to be clocked at 2.0Ghz!) and upto 3GB of RAM... Wield-able yet FAST FAST FAST!!! Enought to make a few year old flagship cry... Sorry Moto, but its too big and too slow...

23. SASANK360

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 25, 2015

Huawei P9 Lite is not a beast. Because it uses 8 Cortex A53 cores. 4 of them at 2.0GHz and 4 of them at 1.7GHz. GSMArena says that... I cannot post links here coz i am noob. You can google that. And it is a sad truth that we do not have capable devices under 5" screen size. If we go below 5" all we have is MediaTek 6735 and snapdragon 210. I wish samsung launch a successor to Galaxy Alpha, or Sony make a X Compact device. But they will be overpriced. My dream device would be 5" 1080/720p display [Amoled], Snapdragon 652 or better, LTE, decent camera and 3000mAh battery. From the way the market is going right now, what i said above turns out to be my fantasy. :-(

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sony compact serie is your savior. 4.5 inch device with all the goodies included. Flagship soc too!

42. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

But you can have that in Xperia X!

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

moto G 2015 with quad core crappy soc is as fluid and fast as an iphone lol. So you expect this phone to be slow? must be smoking something very good green man.

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

damn, big phone but big upgrades. fingerprint, 1080p, can go up to 4GB RAM, not to mention the incredible 16MP OV16860 is in here! I'm psyched!

2. thegandalf

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

that square home button just gave me a cancer

24. SASANK360

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 25, 2015

The snapdragon 617 cured my hiccups..... Seriously Moto ?? Seriously ? Tell me, who does not mind paying extra 20$ for a better chip like SD650 or SD652 ?? Those chips are not just powerfull, they are more efficient with battery, offer higher LTE speeds, can record and playback 4K videos and do not overheat. I am dissappointed. Was waiting for this to launch and now i have to look elsewhere.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

SD617 support 4k video as well btw.

4. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No No No Motorola you are so out of touch STILL 2 gigs of RAM, as well as 16GB of storage & No fingerprint reader The Specs it should have been 5.2" Display (the 5.5" should be for the Plus Only) 2.5gb Ram 32gb Storage Fingerprint reader.

6. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

This phone will most likely be about $199, and will probably be the best phone in its price range, just like the Moto G's have been since they were first introduced.

20. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

Complaining about 2 gb of ram and you're solution is "2,5"....? lol

22. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

2GB is more than adequate for someone shopping in the $199 price range. No one in this range is looking for a powerhouse.

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

This is not a mid range or flagship its a freaking low end phone. Those spec are more than enuf. I agree for screen size should be 5 inch max.

7. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

It shoul have been 5 inch 720p. SD 617 on 1080p would not be great for gaming.

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, yes... Adreno 405 isn't anything spectacular...

25. SASANK360

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 25, 2015

Honestly speaking Adreno 405 is stretched hard by a 1080p display. 720p would have been a better choice for that chip, or maybe better chip would have suited the need of 1080p display. I hate the fact that manufacturers use those chips with 1080p displays just because the gpu supports it. Does not mean it offers good performance.

36. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

WTF you guys smoking? I have the moto x play here. 1080p screen. sd 615. RR3 no lag at 60 fps. world of tank blitz at max detail no lag at 30fps + Warhammer freeblade no lag as well. 1080p on SD617 is more than enuf. Its offer perfect performance for this resolution.

39. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Really? I have seen Nova 3 lagging.

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

if Apple or Samsung designed that phone, the comment section would be filled with comments about how ugly the front looks.

10. antoxi4

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

No matter who design that phone. It really look like sh****

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, it looks 'Agricultural' to say the least...! As I stated above; better wait for Huawei P9 Lite which is a beast to be reckoned with (in this price range, of course)... It'll be launch later this month... Can't wait to see it in the flesh with the official final specs sheet...

37. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Huawei P9 will be much harder to get and i dont plan on importing a device.

9. Krunal

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Great phone with great price.!!

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