Specs summary


The Motorola Moto E4's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 2.2 days standby time, 1140 minutes (2G).

The Moto E4 is a budget phone that lets you enjoy Android Nougat on the cheap, but there are some serious trade-offs.

- Caitlin Mcgarry , Tom's Guide 

If you need a compact handset on the cheap, the Moto E4 includes a balanced feature set and fine performance at an affordable price.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

Based on 13 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Solid design
  • All-day battery
  • microSD support
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi

What's bad  

  • Weak camera
  • Limited Moto Action support
  • Limited internal storage
  • Not meant for heavy gaming or multitasking
  • No NFC

The Moto E series is known for offering a respectable entry-level phone experience at rock-bottom prices. However, with the competition growing in the budget market, their latest release—the Motorola Moto E4—has a higher bar to reach than ever.

A great entry-level phone is all about compromise. Does the E4 cut the right corners?

Reviewers have had time to put the new phone through its paces and are sharing their thoughts. Let’s see what they're saying!

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Unlike much of the 2017 Moto line-up, the E4 features an all-plastic design. Despite this, reviewers loved how it felt in their hand and mentioned that it looks as good as Motorola’s mid-tier options. Android Police declared, “... When you actually get it in your hand, the Moto E4 feels surprisingly solid.”

Around front the 5-inch 720p LCD screen satisfied most reviewers. Many were quick to point out that the color accuracy is lower than a high-end phone. But the price is lower too. Visibility in bright light and viewing angles—common issues for budget phones—were no problem. Phone Arena summed up opinions well, saying, “... The display isn’t breath-taking but certainly gets the job done.”

Motorola’s choice of processor is where the budget roots of this phone show. It features a 1.4Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 425 chip and 2GB of RAM. Reviewers were quick to point out that heavy gaming isn’t the phone’s strong suit. However, few had problems with daily tasks, such as checking email, streaming videos or using GPS navigation. Even multitasking with Android’s new split-screen feature fared well.

Phone Arena gave a great summary of the phone’s performance, saying, “By no means is this the fastest phone we’ve ever tested—the benchmarks are clear about that—but in everyday usage, light or heavy, you’ll be hard-pressed to find similar performance at this price-point.”

The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Reviews indicate that bloatware is minimal. However, with only 10GB of the 16GB of internal storage free fresh from the box, you’ll probably want to take advantage of the microSD slot if you plan to install any games or store media on your phone.

Due to a lack of sensors, the Moto E only includes a few of the Moto Action gesture controls available to other models. You must double-press the power button to launch the camera and there’s no handy double-chop to launch the flashlight.

Speaking of cameras, this was one of the weakest areas in most reviews. The phone includes an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and a front-facing 5MP lens with LED flash.

Reviewers had issues with lens flares and details washing out in bright light. Low light brought a lack of detail, noisy shots and blur. Android Police summed up opinions well, saying, “... The 8MP camera on the Moto E4 is better than other phones in this price range, but it's not a very good camera objectively.”

Fortunately, opinions improved for battery life. The phone includes a 2,800mAh removable battery. Full top offs require nearly two hours of charge time. However, you can swap the battery out for a spare in emergencies—a feature becoming rarer in recent years. Most reviewers had no trouble squeezing a full day of moderate use from a single charge.

Overall, reviewers would recommend the phone with a disclaimer that it’s good for its price.

Business Insider had an excellent summary of the phone in their verdict, saying, “Camera imperfections aside, the Moto E4 makes its inevitable sacrifices in the right places. It doesn't feel cheap, it's strong enough to get by, and its take on Android is light and user-friendly. It's perfectly coherent, and it rarely offends; that in itself is an upgrade from the ultra-cheap phones of years past."

Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


A brilliant budget blower

from Recombu
The Moto E4 delivers solid value for money, coming in cheaper than pretty much any other mobile by a well-known manufacturer. Despite that low asking price you still get HD visuals, a neat metal design, dependable battery life and performance that isn’t frustrating, making this a great choice for students, festival goers and anyone else hunting for an affordable device... Full review

An affordable smartphone that offers some highlights

from Notebookcheck
The Moto E4 is a solid entry-level smartphone that has only few essential weaknesses and convinces with a removable battery and fingerprint sensor. However, the camera should not be very important to the user, since the image quality is rather meager... Full review
Expert Reviews

The perfect marriage of performance and design, in a well-priced package

from Expert Reviews
For the price, Motorola’s Moto E4 is a very impressive smartphone. Its performance might be middling, and the camera has its limitations, but overall it’s an attractive and capable handset with no really serious shortcomings... Full review
Android Guys

A budget-friendly Nougat machine

from Android Guys
While the Moto E4 is not meant to be in the ring with the flagship phones in the market, there is something to be said for a device that lets you do all your things, do them pretty well, and leave you some money in your wallet... Full review

This is the super-cheap phone to get

from Cnet
The Moto E4 has a near stock version of Android Nougat, a fingerprint reader, a removeable battery, a selfie flash and is splash resistant -- all while being ridiculously cheap... Full review
Android Police

For the price, it's hard to argue

from Android Police
You can't expect miracles when you pay so little for a phone, but the Moto E4 has a lot to offer. The display is good, battery life is excellent, the fingerprint sensor is above average, and the build quality is solid. Even with the snap-on back and removable battery, there's no excessive flex or creakiness. The software is definitely one of the main selling points—it's based on Android 7.1.1 and has a few of Motorola's cool extras. You might not get many updates, but it's in a good place right now... Full review

Solid build quality at a very competitive pricing

from PhoneArena
At the entry-level price-point, the name of the game is value – possibly more so than any other category. In a mobile landscape where flagships regularly push the $1000 mark, the disparity in price has never been greater. Fortunately, less money doesn’t always have to mean lesser quality... Full review

Verizon’s best cheap phone

from SlashGear
This is the sort of smartphone that a person gets when they’ve never used a smartphone before. Or if they’ve only used a Windows Phone device before – or an iPhone 4 or older. If a person has a smartphone they’ve used for the past 6 years and they don’t want to switch to anything fancy, they just want another phone that works and doesn’t have a cracked screen – this is that phone... Full review
Business Insider

The best ultra-affordable smartphone you can buy

from Business Insider
The Moto E4 is more of the right phone at the right time than something truly remarkable; specs and tech will keep on shuffling down the ladder, and next year’s model will probably be more impressive at a similarly low price. But somebody has to put it all together, and Motorola has... Full review
Tom's Guide

Decent budget phone has one huge flaw

from Tom's Guide
The Moto E4 offers the latest version of Android in an ultra-cheap package with your choice of carrier. Its poor battery life and just OK camera might be deal-breakers for some, but if all you care about is price, this budget phone is worth a look... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date June 22, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/2600/2500 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.17 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time 402 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1140 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 2.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Blush Gold, Fine Gold, Iron Gray, Licorice Black, Oxford Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.5 x 7.2 x 0.9 cm
(5.7 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 150 grams
(5.3 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, 2.5D glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Multi-shot, Front camera flash, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto E (4th Gen)


- UK variant uses MediaTek MT6737 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor, removable battery, and available in dual SIM.

- US/CA variant doesn't have NFC and is also available with Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 Quad core 1.4 GHz.
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