Motorola Moto G4 vs Motorola Moto G4 Plus (2016) full review

Since 2013, Motorola has updated its Moto G phone annually at the least, and on 17 May it announced the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. The Moto G range represents Motorola’s mid-range Android smartphone offering, and they are pretty decent handsets for the price – under £200.

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Check out our  review of the new Moto G4, and the G4 Plus, plus our review of last year's Moto G 2015 which is now a bargain at £149.

There have been rumours of the new Moto G phones for a while, but now they are both announced, we take a look at how they compare. Will you go for the Moto G4 or the Moto G4 Plus?

Moto G vs Moto G4 Plus: Price

Firstly, there is a price difference. In the UK, the Moto G4 will retail at £159 from Tesco Mobile, Argos and Amazon. It's £169 from Motorola including customisation.

The Moto G4 Plus will be available exclusively in the UK from Amazon for £199 –  for the base 16GB model with 2GB RAM. From the Moto Maker it starts at £229 for the 32GB model.

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Moto G vs Moto G4 Plus: Key specifications and features

What’s the same?

Screen

You might expect the G4 Plus to have a larger screen, but it doesn’t. The ‘Plus’ model is in fact a beefed up version of the standard G4; both phones have a reasonably large 5.5-inch full HD display.

Processing power and battery

Both the G4 and the G4 Plus ship with the same processor, a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. They similarly both have an Adreno 405 GPU, a 3,000mAh battery with TurboPower fast-charging, as well as a 5Mp front-facing camera. However, only the G4 Plus will ship with a TurboPower charger.

Read on for the differences between the handsets.

What’s different?

Camera

The differences between the Moto G4 and the G4 Plus lie deeper. While the G4 has a 13Mp camera, the G4 Plus boosts up to a 16Mp snapper.

RAM and storage

The Moto G4 will be available with 16- or 32GB storage and 2GB RAM. Meanwhile, the G4 Plus comes with either 32- or 64GB of internal storage (or 16GB if you buy from retailers like Amazon) with the larger capacity coming with double the amount of memory, 4GB of RAM.

All G4 and G4 Plus models also have a Micro-SD card slot for expandable memory up to 128GB.

Fingerprint scanner

Out of the two, it’s only the Moto G4 Plus that has a fingerprint scanner which sits below the screen in similar fashion to devices like the Galaxy S7. So if you want that extra security and convenience, you won’t want to go for the Moto G4.

You can also read our updated coverage on the release of the Moto G4 and G4 Plus here.

Specs

Motorola Moto G4 Plus (2016): Specs

  • 5.5-inch full HD display 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor Adreno 405 GPU 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower fast-charging 5 megapixel front-facing camera 16-megapixel rear facing camera 16GB/32GB storage 2GB/3GB RAM Fingerprint scanner

Motorola Moto G4: Specs

  • 5.5-inch full HD display 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor Adreno 405 GPU 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower fast-charging 5 megapixel front-facing camera 13-megapixel rear facing camera 16GB storage 2GB RAM

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