Moto G4 is a line of Android smartphones manufactured by Motorola Mobility, a division of Lenovo. They are the successor to the third-generation Moto G, and were first released in Brazil and India on May 17, 2016, with the other markets following.
Moto G4 Plus XT1641 LATAM Model
|Codename||G4 Play: harpia|
G4/G4 Plus: athene
|Slogan||Never miss out on what matters most|
|First released||May 17, 2016|
|Predecessor||Moto G (3rd generation)|
|Related||Moto E3 Power|
|Dimensions||G4 Play: 144.4 mm (5.69 in) H |
72 mm (2.8 in) W
9.9 mm (0.39 in) D G4, G4 Plus: 153 mm (6.0 in) H
76.6 mm (3.02 in) W
9.8 mm (0.39 in) D
|Mass||G4 Play: 137 g (4.8 oz) |
G4, G4 Plus: 155 g (5.5 oz)
|Operating system||Original: Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow"|
Current: Android 7.0 "Nougat" (8.1 "Oreo" on G4 Plus)
|System on chip|
All 3 models are expandable via microSD card slot
|Removable storage||microSDXC up to 128 GB|
|Display||G4 Play: 5.0" (127 mm) 1280 x 720 (294 ppi) 720p |
G4, G4 Plus: 5.5" (140 mm) 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi) 1080p with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Rear camera||13 MP (16 MP on Moto G4 Plus), f2.0 aperture, dual CCT dual tone flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps, and slow motion record|
|Front camera||5 MP, f2.2|
|Sound||Front-ported loud speaker, 2-Mics|
|Connectivity||Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack|
In comparison to the previous singular Moto G models, the G4 fragmented the line into three models, with the base model joined by the Moto G4 Play and the Moto G4 Plus with an upgraded camera and a fingerprint reader.
The Moto G4's hardware design was refreshed featuring a "water repellent nano-coating," and a camera protrusion. However, unlike the Moto G3, the previous generation the Moto G4 Plus does not feature IPX7 certification. The G4 was available in black and white-colored versions, with different rear-cover and accent-colors available for custom order via MotoMaker. The G4 includes a 5.5-inch 1080p display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 system-on-chip, and 2/3 GB of RAM. The Moto G4 includes either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, expandable via MicroSD. It has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Moto G4 also supports 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and an FM radio receiver.
The devices shipped with Android 6.0.1 "Marshmallow". Motorola stated that the Moto G4 line would receive occasional security patches. On December 29, 2016, Motorola began rolling out an update to Android 7.0 "Nougat". In September 2017, Motorola stated that the Moto G4 Plus would receive an update to Android 8.1 "Oreo", although no estimated date was given. An Android 8.1 update was released in February 2019.
Official alternative Android-ROMs for all three G4 models were released by LineageOS, and their support ended with the final version 14.1 (corresponds to Android 7.1) of September 2018. Other AOSP ROMs up to Android Pie (Android 9) are available.
The Moto G4 is available in a standard model, as well as the Moto G4 Play and Moto G4 Plus. The Play is a low-end model with reduced specifications, as well as an 8-megapixel camera and 720p display. The Plus model is a high-end version that features a 16-megapixel camera with dual-tone flash and infrared auto-focus, as well as an integrated fingerprint reader, up to 4 GB of RAM, and up to 64 GB of internal storage.
The G4 and G4 Play were also sold as part of Amazon.com's Prime Exclusive program, which offered a discounted version of the phone to Amazon Prime subscribers, subsidized by the display of personalized advertising on the lock screen. Due to this, the Prime Exclusive models of the device are ineligible for Motorola's bootloader unlocking program.
|Stat||Moto G4 Play||Moto G4||Moto G4 Plus|
|Model||XT1604 (Europe)||XT1607 (USA)
|XT1625 (USA, India)
XT1641 (Canada, Mexico)
XT1642 (Spain, Australia)
XT1644 (Canada, USA, India, Europe)
|Processor||Snapdragon 410 at 1.2 GHz||Snapdragon 617 at 1.5 GHz|
|Processor Cores||4 cores||8 cores (4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53,|
4x 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 )
|GPU||Adreno 306 GPU||Adreno 405 GPU|
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB||2, 3 or 4 GB|
|Storage||16 or 32 GB||16, 32, or 64 GB|
|WiFi/Bluetooth||802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth LE 4.1
|802.11 b/g/n (2.4+5 GHz)|
Bluetooth LE 4.2
|Display Resolution||HD (1280 x 720)||Full HD (1920 x 1080)|
|Display Size||5", 294 ppi||5.5", 401 ppi|
|Rear Camera||8MP ( CMOS ) f/2.2
|13MP ( CMOS ) f/2.0
1080p30 video w/ slow-motion
|16MP ( OmniVision - OV16860 - PureCel ) |
|Front Camera||5MP f/2.2||5MP ( OmniVision - OV5693 - CMOS BSI ) |
|Battery||2800mAh removable||3000mAh non-removable|
w/ TurboPower charging
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The Moto G4 was lauded as a top budget smartphone, with Android Central concluding that it "represents the ideal experience for an inexpensive Android phone and is a fantastic value." CNET called the G4 an "unbeatable bargain." Others noticed that, unlike the third-generation Moto G, the price of the G4 did not make it much cheaper than more powerful phones.
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