I bought the Moto G4 Plus and here is the review (retail unit). The G4 Plus does come with improved camera, and quality is indeed impressive. This handset is powered by Snapdragon 617 octa core processor available with 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM or 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM. I got the 2GB RAM version for the review.

G4 Plus Unboxing

Inside you will find the handset, travel charger (12V / 2.15A) with attached micro USB cable, user guide / Warranty card in Hindi / English language options and standard quality earphone (not really that good). Sar Value : Head 1.086W/kg and Body 1.48W/kg.

Design, Display and OS

G4 Plus is packed inside a plastic body with metallic finishing on the sides. Build quality and finishing is very good. Like the other Moto G handsets this one is also using a curvy design, though the back is almost flat.

If you have used the Moto G handset before you will not get the same feel when you hold the Moto G4 Plus that’s because of the flat back, the handset however is a little wider. Weight with battery is 154 grams and dimensions are 76.63 x 152.92 x 7.96 (mm).

Motorola Moto G4 Plus review and unboxing

Power button and volume rocker is on the right side, audio jack on the top and micro USB port at the bottom. Loud Speaker and in-call speaker is on the front top.

There are dual SIM slots plus a separate micro SD card slot. You need two micro SIM’s and in case you are using a nano SIM you can make use of the nano to micro SIM adapter that is already inserted in the SIM slots.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus dual SIM slots

G4 Plus sports a 5.5 inch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution; screen is also protected with corning gorilla glass 3. Viewing angles are very good and so is the touch response and color reproduction.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus 5.5 inch FHD screen

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 runs out of the box.

There is no LED notifications and G4 Plus is loaded with following sensors – accelerometer, proximity, light and gyro. Magnetic sensor surprisingly is missing.

Memory and Storage

As mentioned I got this handset with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. You will get around 10GB free internal storage space and around 1.2GB free RAM on an average. Apps are getting installed on internal storage – there is no option to move to external SD. OTG is supported.

Performance

The Moto G4 Plus is powered by qualcomm snapdragon 617 64 bit octa core processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with Adreno 405 GPU. Performance is smooth even when it comes to gaming, but handset heats up with heavy usage. Max battery temperature I encountered was 44 degrees.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus power and volume buttons

G4 Plus Benchmark

  • Quadrant – 25167
  • Antutu (64 bit) – 43818 | 3D score – 7436
  • Nenamark 2 – 59.6fps
  • Internal storage Speed – Read (155MB/s), Write (41MB/s)
  • Multi Touch – 10 Point

G4 Plus Gaming performance

I tried MC5 and Asphalt 8 both games worked really well check video review for gaming action.

Camera

The handset comes with improved 16MP primary camera on the back with dual tone LED flash and 5MP camera on the front. Rear camera makes use of Laser AF and PDAF, camera quality is excellent, much better when compared with the older Moto G smartphones.  Rear camera can shoot FHD videos.  There is pro, panorama, slow motion, video and photo modes. There is OIS but better avoid that when shooting videos. Try using the HDR mode for excellent output.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus 16MP camera

G4 Plus Rear Camera Sample

Front Camera Sample

FHD video sample

Others

Sound output is loud and clear. No issues found with 4G, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. I did not find any issues with network signal and quality. There are no dedicated buttons, hence you will get onscreen navigation buttons.

Press power button twice to load camera app from standby mode.

Shake phone when in standby (screen off) to switch on the LED light, shake again to switch off.

The dedicated finger print sensor is on the front, it’s touch ID based – fast and accurate. Press and hold finger print sensor to unlock without pressing any other button.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus finger print sensor

Battery

There is 3000 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging capabilities. The G4 Plus can charge is less than 1 hour 20 minutes and delivers 4 to 6 hours of backup with moderate to heavy usage. I got an easy over one day of battery backup with mixed usage.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus 3000 mAh battery

G4 Plus Battery Performance (time / battery % drop / battery temperature)

  • Running Benchmark app – 11 minutes / 3% / 40 degrees
  • Played MC5 + Asphalt 8 – 19 minutes / 8% / 44 degrees
  • FHD video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – 26 minutes / 7% / 38 degrees

It took me 1 hours 20 minutes to charge the handset using wall charger from 13% to 100%.

Verdict

The Motorola Moto G4 Plus is a powerful handset loaded with good features. Performance is smooth though handset does heats up with heavy usage, but battery temp is well under 48 degrees. Camera is impressive and battery backup is decent.

Over all a very good buy for Rs. 13,499 with 2GB RAM – but do note the handset is missing magnetic sensor, in case you really want it.

Moto G4 Plus is available from Rs. 13,499.

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Published by Gogi Rana

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  1. I brought a Moto G 4 Gen with IMEI # 358223079209231 on 3rd December 2016.it is really bogus phone and do not purchase the phone. I really advice you all customers please do not purchase this phone and not satisfactory and the battery is damaged and given for repair in their service centre and even the phone is not working.. i am advising you please do not purchase this phone

  2. Should I Buy Moto G4 Plus or Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 ?

    My budget is 15K.

    Please suggest me the best one from above or suggest another phone of 15K

  3. R/sir, does it make a any difference having 2GB RAM model of Moto G4 plus storage is not a problem to me. Only thing is RAM, waiting badly for your answer, if u say 2GB then 2GB model otherwise 3GB model, because 1500 Rs. matters a lot for a common man.

    1. Vikas go ahead with 2GB it is more than enough, if you check the Moto G4 Plus review I used the 2GB version.

      1. Thank u very much GOGI, your opinion values the most to me. Definitely going to buy one at great Indian festival sale on 20th jan. Thank u so much again.

    1. Buy J7 2016 if you want best battery backup, smooth and heat less performance and a very good camera. G4 Plus if you want little better camera but can handle heating and low battery life.

    2. J7 2016 is better than moto g4 plus in terms of display quality (ya 720p only but it is super AMOLED which is really a visual delight ) and with an excellent battery life its really last over a day with heavy usage . Camera quality on g4 plus is slightly better but that doesn’t mean that j7 camera is bad its good too.

  4. specs and price is wonderful, got everythg in this, Need an actual user review, someone please post your experience with this phone, thanks.

  5. i appreciate you review more than any other reviewer gogi ji you’re the best …..nd thats why i am asking your opinion ……….
    so should i buy it or wait for any other device
    nd does redmi pro is coming to india soon or not …..have you got any words on that??
    if not plese suggest me a good phone wit good camera under ₹15000 please help……..gogi ji ….my hopes are only with you….please help….

    1. The best handset will come into market when you buy one, so when you can go and buy, don’t wait. But at times you need too, for example tomorrow Redmi 3S will be launched so better wait for that.

    1. it’s a mixed bag type of review of moto g4 plus ndtv says it has bad low light camera performance india today says it has great camera same here also ….TOI says it has bad camera ……economic times say it prone to over heating……huh…..customer reviews on amazon is also mixed bag some say it has heatin prblm some say it hasn’t any heating problem…….please please please gogi ji please reply wht is your opinion on this ….?????? should i buy it or wait for any other handset please reply……….

      1. If you go by user opinion you will never be able to make any decisions, everyone has they own opinion, their usage pattern is different and so on. I follow same standard for review, samples images / videos are posted as is taken straight from the handset/device. The battery drain and heatup is also mentioned, why you need others opinion make a decision based on these inputs.

  6. Gogi sir, I am confused between moto g4 plus and redmi note 3. I am worried about heating issues. I am a average gaming and camera user. Please suggest me which one to buy?

  7. Brought the phone yesterday

    Phone is running good but I noticed two problems
    1. CPU-Z shows it’s SD615
    2. 3G is not at all being received by the phone. Tried all the manual settings and all but still! The sim is 3G activated and works fine on HTC 620G.. Can you help me? Or, I am having a ” defective ” piece?

  8. Gogi Sir, I’ve seen some other reviews of this Moto G4 Plus, they say that the Camera UI & whole System UI gets lagging a lot after using camera for 10 – 15 minutes because of the high battery temp. Did you face this kind of problem? Please help & check this out…

    1. I did not face any such issue when using still camera but when using video there was lag but that was only when OIS was enabled, I have mentioned in the review, avoid using OIS.

      1. But what about the battery temperature?The phone often gets some lagging issue when the battery temp. reaches to nearly 45-50 degrees. Can this issue be solved with further system updates?

        1. I did not face any such issue, please read the review and check the temp in battery section.

          1. gogi sir,
            zuk z1 vs moto g4 plus (only in camera department)……
            which one you will suggest…

  9. After reading the overheating issues from most of users, I have ordered moto X play (16g version=15.5k =moto g4plus Price). Is it a right decision @Gogi Sir. ?¿

  10. hi Gogi , I am really interested in buying this phone.But the heating issue and SAR value is really bothering me. Have been a fan of moto G series since Moto G1 . I am a mid range user with minimal usage of games and camera. Please suggest if this phone would cater to my needs. Really appreciate your help on this.

    1. Venkatram, go ahead with G4 Plus, ignore SAR as that is the highest value during the test, it will not be that high all the time (but under the prescribed limit). All depends on network quality (network has improved a lot).

  11. I have plugged the headphone but it doesn’t show icon on status bar is it ok. But music work on headphone there is no issue only no icon of headphone on status bar please do check and let me know.

  12. Hey gogi, many reviewer said that it has badly heating problem, what should I do, I am scared of buying.

    1. Please check the review, what you see is what I got. You need to give time to the handset, keep it updated.

  13. Hello Gogi Sir
    I have just recently purchased the G4 Plus and so far so good.
    The only problem that I have encounter is that it tends to loose a lot of battery juice during standby during night time.
    Sir have you encountered such a problem and how can I overcome this problem. Sir your answer will be most appreciated

    1. It could be some app that is active at night, if you have installed any new app try removing that and see. Also keep GPS, WiFi, 4G, Bluetooth off.

      If all of this does not work then try a factory reset and without installing any app check the battery performance during night standby.

    1. Yes it is safe
      If sar value is more than 1.6 then it is harmful for human body.

      1. hello gogi sir,
        Tell me one thing that do the sar value at body i. e 1. 48kg/w very much harmful???

  14. hello gogi sir……..
    my question is just that …if there will be a camera comparison of moto g4 plus nd zuk z1 …..then to whom of these you will give your vote………since in your valuable reviews you have said that the camera quality is excellent…….for both of these phones……im a little bit confused between the camera quality of both of these……..plese help me out gogi sir…