Moto G (2016) release date, news and features

The Moto G (2016) is pushing the low-end limits

The Moto G (2016) has landed, giving budget phone fans a new handset to get excited about and alongside it there's the similar but slightly more premium Moto G Plus (2016).

With big 5.5-inch screens, octa-core processors and price tags of under £200 (likely under US$290) on both handsets they look like they could build on the impressive pedigree of the Moto G range – offering solid specs and features at incredible value.

Both phones are set to hit stores soon, but in the meantime here's all the information on them, from their price and release date to their specs and features.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest affordable handsets from Motorola
  • When is it out? From early June for the G4 and mid-June for the G Plus
  • What will it cost? The Moto G is £169 (roughly US$245), while the G Plus is £199 (around US$288)

Moto G (2016) release date

The Moto G4 is arriving in the UK in early June, while the Moto G4 Plus will be joining it from mid-June. There's no news yet on if or when the rest of the world (outside India) will get the phones, but we expect they'll get a fairly wide launch.

Moto G (2016) price

The Moto G (2016) has been priced at £169 SIM-free, while the Moto G Plus will be a slightly pricier but still budget-friendly £199.

Exact US and Australian pricing is yet to be revealed, but those prices convert to roughly US$245/AU$334 for the Moto G (2016) and US$288/AU$393 for the Moto G Plus.

Moto G (2016) design and screen

The Moto G4 has a similar design to the Moto G (2015), with colorful plastic shells which can be swapped around. You can also tweak the accent colors and finish of the phone to your liking with Moto Maker customisations.

Moto G 2016

The appearance of the two phones is similar, but round the front the Moto G4 Plus has a fingerprint scanner, which the standard Moto G (2016) doesn't. That scanner can be used both to secure the phone and authorize purchases on Google Play. However there's no NFC, so it can't be used with Android Pay.

Moto G Plus

The Moto G (2016) and Moto G Plus (2016) both have 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 screens with a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch, which are an upgrade in both size and resolution on the 5.0-inch 720p Moto G (2015). Both handsets also use Gorilla Glass 3, to help them survive scrapes and scratches.

Moto G (2016) camera and battery

This is one area where the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus differ, as while the Moto G (2016) has a 13MP camera, the G Plus has a 16MP one. The G Plus also benefits from laser focus and phase detection autofocus, to help it focus fast.

Moto G 2016

There's no difference between their front-facing cameras though, with both models packing a 5MP sensor.

They also both have a 3000mAh battery and can apparently gain six hours of life from just a 15-minute charge if you use the included TurboPower charger.

Moto G (2016) OS and power

The processor on both phones is a mid-range Snapdragon 617 octa-core one, which is a big improvement on the quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip in the Moto G (2015). They also both come with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage along with a microSD card slot.

Both phones also run Android Marshmallow, which is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system and it comes unadulterated, aside from a couple of Moto tweaks, such as the ability to launch the torch and camera with gesture controls.


James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps.