Interface and functionality

Moto being Moto

If there is one thing Moto's phones are synonymous for, it's having a clean interface. The only non-Google apps you will find out of the box are the Dolby Atmos sound profiler, which you can use to play with your speaker's EQ, and the Moto app, which enables one-handed mode, a terrible blue light filter (Night Mode) that leaves your display looking like a yellow mess, discreet notifications a-la Ambient Display, and fingerprint scanner gestures that replace the on-screen navbar. Whether you like the latter is subjective for sure. We have to say we grew tired of having to swipe left on the fingerprint scanner in order to do a “back”, so we just went back to the good old virtual buttons.

Other than that, the Moto E interface remains largely unscathed — save for a few of the system app icons and the wallpapers, you've got pretty much the same Android UI here as you'd get on a Nexus or Pixel device.

So, how does it run? Well the performance is mostly stable. It's not the fastest to launch or switch apps, and there are definitely stutters and framedrops to be seen when checking out your daily feed of social media posts and emails, especially if you are juggling a Facebook Chat Head or two. But unless you try to play a demanding game or try to apply a 3D filter like a Snapchat Lens on your mug, the device runs... OK. Which brings us to our next point...

Processor and memory

Hey, it's a budget phone — don't push it

It goes without saying that if you are looking to play games like Vainglory or Injustice 2 on your phone, you probably aren't looking for a device in the sub-$200 range. While the Moto E4 Plus does its best to try and run such games, stutters, lags, and terrible framerates will be present and you won't really have the best of times. In fact, even trying to watch a YouTube video on the 720p / 60 FPS setting gave us some frame drops, presumably while the phone was busy caching the clip forward. General smartphone usage and light, simple apps are fine for this guy, but don't go overloading it.

We've got a couple of storage options to pick from — 16 GB and 32 GB. Keep in mind that the phone's software takes up about 7 GB when making your choice. Whichever you go for, you can still expand it via a microSD card of up to 128 GB.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 31046
HTC Desire 650 31206
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 63191
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 62710
JetStream Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 17.113
HTC Desire 650 13.177
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 29.879
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 31.775
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 11
HTC Desire 650 11
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 23
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 22
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 3.4
HTC Desire 650 4.5
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 6.9
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 6.1
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 544.33
HTC Desire 650 533
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 375
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 1123
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 557.5
HTC Desire 650 442
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 783
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 822
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 1565.5
HTC Desire 650 1118
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 3586
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 3017


Open for everybody

The Moto E4 Plus is currently a freelancer — sold as an unlocked device, attached to no carrier plans or deals. The good news? It supports a wide range of bands and is essentially compatible with all 4 major mobile providers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

The cell modem supports LTE Cat 4, which means up to 18.7 MB down and 6.2 MB upload. The Wi-Fi modem doesn't support the speedy 802.11 ac standard, but has 802.11 a/b/g/n, and “n” should still be fast enough for the needs of this device.



1. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

"with a maximum of 680 nits and a minimum 2 nits" then why 395 nits and 6 nits in the list?

2. paul.k

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Looks like we have a polterGates running amuck, changing up numbers at random. Thanks for catching it!

3. shamrock_sean

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I recently purchased one of these in the UK which has 3 gig ram & sadly found it stuttery at times. Could be the processor I think. Also found the signal strength terrible which was a surprise for Motorola. The screen despite what Phone Arena stated is nice and bright,colourful and doesn't look pixelated. I returned the handset cos of poor signal


Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Again just 13h SOT with 720p screen and 5000mah battery, when can I see 20hours of SOT


Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

I wonder ever year they say we have improved by 15-20% faster charging speed look from quick chager 3-4 they are same not much improved , a 4000mah battery should charger from 0-100% in 70 minutes in half and hour 65% and a 4000mah battery phone with 5-5" 1080p super amoled screen should give a battery life of 20hours of phone arena SCreen on time (SOT) and gsmarena battery should be have 3G TT- 30H Web browsing -18H Video playback - 25H There are no improvement from 2 years not even in SD 820,SD821,Sd835,A9,A10 where is battery life high end SOC makers


Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

And one more thing there are lot of soc but still why would you people won't give us best of 2017 like mi phone only have good soc that's it , example we need Latest soc even far entry level category $100 like SD 430,SD435 Sd 450 Budget catagory far $200-250 SD625,SD626,SD630 Mediatek helio P20,P25 Mid flagship far $300-350- Helio x25 ,x30 ,SD630, Flagship Sd 835 And each every android phone should have this Corning goirla glass Metal unidoy 6000-7000series aluminum Volte Dual sim+Sd card support Front flash Fast charging Super amoled display USB- type c Quick charge 2.0-3.0-4.0 charger in a box Good in earphones Bluetooth 5 Latest android os 7.1.2 with latest security update and even far budget catagory phone of $100 should get uoto 2 years of Android updates in month of NOV

7. euskalzabe

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 02, 2017

For ~$200, seems like the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is a much better option than this Moto E4 Plus.


Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2017

This motorola e4 plus one issue is there ... while mobile ideal or screen off u are not received any call from any operator this is software issue...voltee not working.

9. smithellison

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 02, 2017

Gretel GT6000 Vs Moto E4 Plus From the specs, both phones look similar: quick charger, front fingerprint sensor, 5MP front camera with selfile flash and 2GB RAM. However, the Gretel GT6000 offers up a bigger battery life, dual rear cameras, fashion colors and lower price than Moto E4 plus. From a design perspective, they're both solid, made from a combination of metal and plastic. At last, if you want a dual rear cameras phones with bigger battery smartphone and lower price, the Gretel GT6000 is perfect for you.
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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