The Moto E4 Plus has the highest score on our battery life test so far in 2017


The Moto E4 Plus is a budget Android phone that costs less than $200, yet it has one superpower that brings at the top of 2017 smartphone ranks in one area: battery life.

The E4 Plus just crushes it when it comes to battery life: its 5,000 mAh battery lasts a whopping three days on a single charge with average use, and even with more intense use it would last two days plus.

So apart from its huge battery, what are the other factors that contribute to the Moto E4 Plus's tremendous battery longevity. Here is a quick run-down of the three most important aspect of a phone's battery experience:

  • Display: 5.5" LCD display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution
  • System chip: Snapdragon 427, Quad-core @ 1.4GHz, 28nm
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh battery

As you can see, the E4 Plus being a super affordable option, it has a low-res display and an unremarkable processor built on an old 28nm process. It is the extra-large battery coupled with the low-res screen that makes its magic possible.

While we cannot recommend the Moto E4 to most users out there - it does not have many exciting features nor a great camera - we can certainly recommend other device makers to take cue from the E4 Plus and give users more choice of good devices with great battery life.

*Quick charging also would not hurt. The E4 Plus lacks this feature and it takes it an excruciatingly long 3 hours and 15 minutes to fully charge it up from 0 to 100%.


Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 13h 20 min (Excellent)
HTC Desire 650 5h 40 min (Average)
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 10h 26 min (Excellent)
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 11h 31 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Excellent)
HTC U11 9h 3 min (Excellent)
Google Pixel 7h 45 min (Good)
Google Pixel XL 7h 19 min (Good)
LG G6 6h 9 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 194
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 106
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 90
Apple iPhone 7 141
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197
Samsung Galaxy S8 100
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 99
HTC U11 98
Google Pixel 119
Google Pixel XL 118
LG G6 97

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Moto E4 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 427, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh

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22 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2625; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I feel like the Mate 9 is a big omission from this list. It's battery life is really close to the E4 Plus, but it has much better performance and a faster charge time.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

And where tf is MiMax 2? it score far above E4+ at 17h 22 min, and charge much faster..

8. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

"so far in 2017" is hard to understand eh? Mate 9 was released in 2016.

10. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

iPhone 7 duo must have been released in 2017 afterall 7 is present in both

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2625; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yet the iPhones and Pixels are included in the list... So... Yeah.

17. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I was astounded not to see it on the list at all . You've highlighted the very reasons I bought it.

2. libra89

Posts: 2297; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wait, so this has dethroned the Z Play?! Wow.

3. Saywhatnow

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Z play has a time of 13 h 43 mins so it still beats this phone out. They said of 2017 so far and the z play you mentioned is 2016 so there's no comparison.

5. libra89

Posts: 2297; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

My mistake, I meant the new Z2 Play. I'm shocked that they didn't compare this (putting it in manually though, this phone just kills the Z2 Play. You are right though.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2625; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Wait a sec... Doesn't the Mi Max 2 blow this out of the water? It's rated at 17h 22min on PA.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Xiaomi (or any non-sponsored chinese brands) didn't exist around here

18. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

We don't count the Xiaomi Mi Max in the overall picture because: A/ It's not officially sold in the United States or Europe, B/ It has a gigantic 6.44" display with big bezels (it's not a bezel-less design) that make it closer to tablets than to phones. So yeah, to be perfectly correct: the E4 Plus has the longest battery life among phones you can actually officially buy in the Western hemisphere.

9. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Takes about the same time as the iPhone 7+ to charge. Considering the battery capacity I would say that's not half bad.

12. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Wheres the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom and the Asus Zenfone 3s Max ZC521TL?

13. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

How does the KEYone not make this list? It has battery life close to the E4 but has many more features.

14. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Your battery life test is so relevant. I always come to this website when I want to buy a smartphone based on its battery life.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Still charges faster than an iPhone, that's just sad lol. I wish flagship phones could get this kind of battery life.

21. Darckent

Posts: 91; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

Yet of course iphonearena have never said '. The E4 Plus lacks this feature and it takes it an excruciatingly long 3 hours and 15 minutes to fully charge it up from 0 to 100%'. About the iPhone The many glaring cons of the iphone are never spoken about or listed by this site Gsmarena is like the independent newspaper and makes the site look like the dailystar

22. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

"Still charges faster than an iPhone" Which IPhone are you talking about? If you're talking about the 7 plus, yes. But about the 7? Not even close.

16. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

They forgot about Lenovo P2

19. torr310

Posts: 1676; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Both iPhone 7 Plus and HTC U11 are the flagships with the best battery lives! Though iPhone 7 Plus needs twice time of the U11 to fully charged.

20. Tuxattack80

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 09, 2017

This doesn't surprise me seeing as the original e4 has some of the best battery life I've seen in a smart phone. Sure it's no flagship but getting mine at Walmart for 40 bucks I wasn't expecting one, I will say that my experience with my e4 more and exceeds all of my expectations. Moto/ Lenovo knocked it out of the park now let's see if they can keep it that way with timely updates....... Please Lenovo don't let this great low end phone die!

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