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Motorola Moto G04 smartphone review – A well-equipped phone for very little money

Saving has to be learned. The Moto G04 is a very affordable smartphone for those who simply want to be reachable on the go, are looking for a second phone or have to watch every penny when spending money. You can't expect a lot of features for around US$130, but perhaps Motorola has an ace up its sleeve?
Motorola Moto G04
Processor
UNISOC T606 8 x 1.6 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.56 inch 20:9, 1612 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (dedicated, up to 1TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 163.5 x 74.5 ( = 0.31 x 6.44 x 2.93 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 15 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.2, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.2, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB cable, silicone bumper, SIM needle, 24 Months Warranty, IP52-certified, fanless
Weight
179 g ( = 6.31 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
119 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Price from
77.7 %
04/2024
Motorola Moto G04
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
179 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.56"1612x720
77.7 %
03/2024
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
192 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.74"1600x720
78.1 %
09/2023
Motorola Moto G14
T616, Mali-G57 MP1
177 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"2400x1080
73.8 %
07/2023
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320
192 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.52"1600x720

Case and connectivity – Attractive and stable

In addition to classic black, Motorola also offers its affordable Moto G04 in blue, green and orange—it has certainly chosen a strong color palette. The back is made of plastic which is slightly glittery and has a matt finish. As a result, it isn't as much of a fingerprint magnet. The smartphone is very sturdily built; pressure and twisting don't bother it whatsoever and we couldn't elicit any creaking noises from it.

The phone's material transitions are also very clean and the slightly thicker camera module looks very elegant as it is fitted with a slight curve into the transition to the back. Relatively slim bezels around the screen give the front a very modern look.

64 GB mass storage and 4 GB RAM proved to be a little tight on our test model; models with 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM are also available internationally. There is a headphone jack on the top edge of the phone and a USB-C port at the bottom. The latter is only connected internally via USB 2.0 speeds, which hardly speeds up data transfers. It is nice to see that Motorola has installed NFC for wireless payment services and tag reading.

Aside from 2 SIM slots, it also features a dedicated microSD card slot which you can use to expand the phone's storage. We tested it using our reference microSD card—an Angelbird V60— and noted pretty decent speeds. During the CPDT benchmark, however, we noted the occasional fall in transfer rates.

Size comparison

168 mm / 6.61 in 78 mm / 3.07 in 8.1 mm / 0.3189 in 192 g0.4233 lbs164.9 mm / 6.49 in 76.8 mm / 3.02 in 9.1 mm / 0.3583 in 192 g0.4233 lbs163.5 mm / 6.44 in 74.5 mm / 2.93 in 8 mm / 0.315 in 179 g0.3946 lbs161.5 mm / 6.36 in 73.8 mm / 2.91 in 8 mm / 0.315 in 177 g0.3902 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
  (Angelbird V60)
30.2 MB/s +29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (12.4 - 77, n=88, last 2 years)
28.9 MB/s +23%
Motorola Moto G04
 
23.5 MB/s
Xiaomi Redmi A2
  (Angelbird V60)
19.7 MB/s -16%
Motorola Moto G14
  (Angelbird V60)
16.9 MB/s -28%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Motorola Moto G04 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.4 (28.4-44.1)
Xiaomi Redmi 13C Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø31.6 (19.3-45.4)
Motorola Moto G14 Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø38.2 (27.2-47)
Xiaomi Redmi A2 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G36, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø27.5 (13.3-44)
Motorola Moto G04 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø70.9 (24.5-83)
Xiaomi Redmi 13C Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø69.8 (31.7-79.9)
Motorola Moto G14 Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø71.5 (32.3-80.4)
Xiaomi Redmi A2 PowerVR GE8320, Helio G36, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø71.7 (17.6-75.8)

Communication, software and operation – Slow WLAN on the Moto G04

Although the Motorola Moto G04 supports WiFi 5 according to the manufacturer, the smartphone wasn't able to reach the typical speeds—even after several repetitions during our test. Instead, only slow WiFi 4 speeds were possible which limited its transfer rates to around 50 Mbps. Even with just one antenna, we would expect to see better results. Perhaps Motorola can help with a software update.

This device is a 4G phone and all the necessary frequencies for use in Central Europe (where this test was carried out) are supported. However, if you are planning to go on trips further afield, you should check in advance whether the phone can connect to the web in your destination country. When taking some samples during our test period, the phone had to contend with moderate reception at times.

The phone comes with Android 14 installed and barely anything has been changed about Google's operating system by Motorola. Several games come preinstalled on the phone. The Moto G04 is Widevine-certified, meaning you can stream from most major streaming platforms in HD. The manufacturer promises software updates every 2 months until January 2026. This isn't all too long but within this price range, an update promise itself is a rarity.

Despite its low price, the Moto G04 has a 90-Hz touchscreen that can be operated smoothly. The touchscreen remains very responsive right into the corners and along the edges. The physical volume and standby buttons are located on the right-hand side of the case. You can feel for them easily and they have a clear pressure point.

A fingerprint sensor is also integrated into the standby button, which unlocks the phone quickly and reliably once fingerprints have been memorized. In addition, it features a facial recognition function which also works reliably and the light coming from the phone's screen is usually sufficient for recognition even in the dark.

Networking
Motorola Moto G04
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
49.8 (min: 18) MBit/s ∼14%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
52 (min: 23) MBit/s ∼16%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
365 (min: 346) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
309 (min: 276) MBit/s ∼96%
Motorola Moto G14
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
365 (min: 349) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
323 (min: 286) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
802.11a/b/g/n
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
51 (min: 43) MBit/s ∼14%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
53.8 (min: 49) MBit/s ∼17%
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Motorola Moto G04; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø51.6 (23-62)
Motorola Moto G04; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø49.8 (18-69)

Cameras – Surprisingly good in daylight

Photo front-facing camera
Photo front-facing camera

The Motorola Moto G04 is only equipped with one camera on the back. It is a 16-megapixel lens.

The resulting photos are actually quite decent for this price range, lighter areas aren't overexposed and you can still identify some detail in darker spots. In zoomed-in shots, you can only identify few details and more expensive phones generally do a better job of lightening photos but all-in-all, the main camera delivers good results in daylight.

In low-light scenarios, on the other hand, the lens' weaknesses become apparent: Sharpness drops quite a bit and you can barely identify anything in darker areas of the photos. In 1 lux lighting, the picture is just black.

Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 1080p and 30 fps; the camera's autofocus and exposure adjustment work surprisingly quickly and overall, videos look quite good for the price range.

There is a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front of the phone. Photos taken using this lens often appear very dark, even in good lighting conditions. When enlarged, the images' sharpness is generally good, but color transitions appear quite coarse and no details are visible in dark areas.

Image Comparison

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Main camera plantMain camera surroundingsMain camera low light
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ColorChecker
5.3 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
6 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
5 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
11 ∆E
3 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G04: 5.56 ∆E min: 2.54 - max: 11 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
54.6 ∆E
39.9 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
44.9 ∆E
62.9 ∆E
53.8 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
43.4 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
65.3 ∆E
65 ∆E
30.9 ∆E
49.8 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
77.1 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
45.5 ∆E
94.4 ∆E
71.1 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
24 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G04: 47.19 ∆E min: 13.08 - max: 94.37 ∆E

Display – Decent color depiction

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The phone's display measures 6.56 inches in diameter, makes use of an IPS panel and has a resolution of 1,612 x 720 pixels. This is quite common for this price range, but the screen appears somewhat blurrier than on higher-resolution screens.

With an average maximum brightness of 396 cd/m², the panel is no outdoor expert: particularly on sunny days, there are strong reflections that obscure the screen content. The phone is therefore more suitable for indoor use and shaded outdoor locations.

Its black level and contrast are average; our tests using a spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software only showed a very slight blue cast. The display's color reproduction is therefore also relatively true to life.

We did not note any PWM flickering even at low brightness levels.

378
cd/m²
390
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
395
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 414 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 395.9 cd/m² Minimum: 4.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 414 cd/m²
Contrast: 1218:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.26 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 3.9 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
94.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.075
Motorola Moto G04
IPS, 1612x720, 6.56
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
IPS, 1600x720, 6.74
Motorola Moto G14
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Xiaomi Redmi A2
IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
Response Times
2%
16%
21%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
47.8 ?(24.8, 23)
44.9 ?(23.1, 20.8)
6%
34.2 ?(18.6, 15.6)
28%
36.8 ?(20.1, 16.7)
23%
Response Time Black / White *
28.5 ?(13.7, 14.8)
29.2 ?(14.4, 14.8)
-2%
27.6 ?(14.1, 13.5)
3%
23.2 ?(12, 11.2)
19%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-2%
-10%
1%
Brightness middle
414
430
4%
486
17%
391
-6%
Brightness
396
424
7%
478
21%
379
-4%
Brightness Distribution
91
92
1%
92
1%
94
3%
Black Level *
0.34
0.28
18%
0.45
-32%
0.3
12%
Contrast
1218
1536
26%
1080
-11%
1303
7%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.26
4.06
-25%
4.68
-44%
3.31
-2%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.74
8.11
-20%
7.33
-9%
7.67
-14%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.9
5
-28%
4.8
-23%
3.6
8%
Gamma
2.075 106%
2.35 94%
2.29 96%
2.307 95%
CCT
6914 94%
7813 83%
7691 85%
7427 88%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
0% / -1%
3% / -5%
11% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.7 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
47.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.8 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 80 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17744 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life – Barely any power, good runtimes

Motorola has opted for a rather slow SoC, even within the very affordable price range, namely the Unisoc T606. Since the phone's screen has a low resolution, its graphics performance during our on-screen tests was still usable, but its performance during the browser benchmarks dropped sharply. In everyday use, this means that you will often have to live with stutters and longer waiting times.

On the other hand, Motorola hasn't been lazy when it comes to the phone's storage, installing UFS 2.2 flash which is fast and is also used in more expensive phones.

We measured a maximum temperature rise of 40.8°C on the device's case under prolonged load. This is not critical, but noticeable. The 3DMark stress test showed us that the SoC's performance remained roughly the same even after repeating a benchmark several times, in other words, the SoC is not throttled.

The speaker on the bottom edge has to make do on its own, so it can only offer mono sound. It is loud enough to fill a medium-sized room but our diagram already confirmed that it offers no bass and only a few lower mids. We were able to confirm this result after our listening test: voices and vocals are clearly understandable, but music sounds flat and very treble-heavy.

You'll usually get a better sound if you connect external speakers or headphones. This can be done via the 3.5-mm jack on the top edge of the case or via Bluetooth. There are several wireless audio codecs to choose from: In addition to standards such as AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC, the phone also supports more exotic variants such as LC3 and Opus.

The Motorola Moto G04 gets average performance for its price class from its 5,000 mAh battery: In our WLAN test, the device achieved 15:07 hours, which suggests that you will be able to survive a day of moderate use without needing to charge the phone.

A charger is included with the phone but it can only provide a maximum of 10 watts, while the phone explicitly supports up to 15 watts of charging power. This is annoying in many respects: the charging process takes around an hour longer with the included charger. In addition, customers who want to take advantage of the full power may have to buy another charger, which produces additional electronic waste.

Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=117, last 2 years)
1357 Points +257%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
428 Points +13%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
380 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (368 - 380, n=11)
375 Points -1%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
366 Points -4%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=117, last 2 years)
3767 Points +193%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1548 Points +20%
Average UNISOC T606
  (1285 - 1482, n=11)
1364 Points +6%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1316 Points +2%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1285 Points
Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=202, last 2 years)
919 Points +196%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
437 Points +41%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
347 Points +12%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
310 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (273 - 313, n=19)
306 Points -1%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
139 Points -55%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=202, last 2 years)
3043 Points +144%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1471 Points +18%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1329 Points +7%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1246 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (708 - 1324, n=19)
1206 Points -3%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
512 Points -59%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=201, last 2 years)
11960 Points +44%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9338 Points +12%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
8303 Points
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
8030 Points -3%
Average UNISOC T606
  (6637 - 8303, n=19)
7338 Points -12%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4761 Points -43%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=172, last 2 years)
7014 Points +612%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1441 Points +46%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1108 Points +12%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
985 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (959 - 989, n=18)
975 Points -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=171, last 2 years)
10140 Points +1116%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1268 Points +52%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
940 Points +13%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
834 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (814 - 834, n=18)
825 Points -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=171, last 2 years)
4342 Points +61%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2956 Points +10%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2753 Points +2%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2697 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (2484 - 2697, n=18)
2625 Points -3%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=125, last 2 years)
2682 Points +530%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
742 Points +74%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
475 Points +12%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
426 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (394 - 432, n=18)
416 Points -2%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=191, last 2 years)
6568 Points +1456%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
750 Points +78%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
478 Points +13%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
422 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (392 - 424, n=18)
413 Points -2%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=194, last 2 years)
1766 Points +1397%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
190 Points +61%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
127 Points +8%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
118 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (85 - 118, n=18)
107.3 Points -9%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=190, last 2 years)
1770 Points
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
188 Points
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
126 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (99 - 121, n=15)
107.7 Points
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=214, last 2 years)
45.3 fps +353%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
16 fps +60%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
10 fps
Average UNISOC T606
  (5.1 - 11, n=18)
8.83 fps -12%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
7.8 fps -22%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
5.5 fps -45%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=214, last 2 years)
66.3 fps +1105%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.9 fps +62%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6.2 fps +13%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
5.5 fps
Average UNISOC T606
  (1.9 - 5.5, n=18)
5.22 fps -5%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.2 fps -24%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=214, last 2 years)
33.5 fps +415%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.5 fps +31%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6.5 fps
Average UNISOC T606
  (0.85 - 7.3, n=18)
5.34 fps -18%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
5 fps -23%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
3.5 fps -46%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=214, last 2 years)
26.6 fps +1230%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.4 fps +70%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2.2 fps +10%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2 fps
Average UNISOC T606
  (0.85 - 2.1, n=18)
1.925 fps -4%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1.5 fps -25%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.38 - 42, n=210, last 2 years)
12.7 fps +1394%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1.5 fps +76%
Average UNISOC T606
  (0.8 - 6.6, n=14)
1.253 fps +47%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
0.97 fps +14%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
0.85 fps
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=208, last 2 years)
33762 Points +1415%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
13977 Points +527%
Motorola Moto G14
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
12141 Points +445%
Average UNISOC T606
  (2228 - 13455, n=14)
11332 Points +409%
Xiaomi Redmi A2
Mediatek Helio G36, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
5207 Points +134%
Motorola Moto G04
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2228 Points
Motorola Moto G04Xiaomi Redmi 13CMotorola Moto G14Xiaomi Redmi A2Average 64 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-53%
19%
-74%
-12%
84%
Sequential Read 256KB
978.7
300.2
-69%
888.6
-9%
268.9
-73%
770 ?(485 - 979, n=18)
-21%
Sequential Write 256KB
389.3
179.4
-54%
538.1
38%
116.1
-70%
Random Read 4KB
184.1
101.5
-45%
221.3
20%
53.6
-71%
156.6 ?(88.5 - 220, n=18)
-15%
Random Write 4KB
201.2
114.8
-43%
251.7
25%
40.5
-80%
177.7 ?(95.4 - 216, n=18)
-12%

Temperature

Max. Load
 40.7 °C
105 F
33.8 °C
93 F
34.3 °C
94 F
 
 39.4 °C
103 F
35.7 °C
96 F
34.6 °C
94 F
 
 38.9 °C
102 F
34.6 °C
94 F
34.6 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 40.7 °C = 105 F
Average: 36.3 °C = 97 F
32.9 °C
91 F
37 °C
99 F
37.9 °C
100 F
33.4 °C
92 F
35.7 °C
96 F
40.8 °C
105 F
33.7 °C
93 F
36.1 °C
97 F
39.7 °C
103 F
Maximum: 40.8 °C = 105 F
Average: 36.4 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.2 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.3 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.7 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.8 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.7 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


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3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Motorola Moto G04 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; 0.0.0.0: Ø2.56 (2.54-2.58)
Xiaomi Redmi 13C Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; 0.0.0.0: Ø4.5 (4.41-4.54)
Motorola Moto G14 Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; 0.0.0.0: Ø2.84 (2.81-2.85)

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.235.12533.232.33127.131.24030.532.5503433.76325.826.5801720.810019.922.412525.423.416017.328.420010.634.525014.440.63158.144.54007.450.15007.857.8630959.180012.565.1100017.27312509.472.716001068.920009.865.1250010.362.531501163.440001269.2500012.675.1630013.574.4800014.469.61000015.2711250015.966.91600016.846SPL24.882.2N0.649.3median 12.5median 63.4Delta3.212.54344.635.43732.5313531.63834.128.524.821.120.52122.620.92119.727.914.734.713.639.611.946.512.655.614.461.114.562.315.664.812.570.612.871.811.171.111.970.111.964.213.162.214.456.315.96415.966.416.367.41766.31765.817.658.626.579.40.842.2median 14.5median 62.32.210.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto G04Xiaomi Redmi A2
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Moto G04 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 61% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Xiaomi Redmi A2 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 53% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 71% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Runtimes

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Motorola Moto G14
5000 mAh
995 min +10%
Xiaomi Redmi 13C
5000 mAh
948 min +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=215, last 2 years)
930 min +3%
Motorola Moto G04
5000 mAh
907 min
Xiaomi Redmi A2
5000 mAh
894 min -1%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 07min

Pros

+ attractive, stable case
+ NFC on board
+ speedy storage
+ 90-Hz screen
+ precise fingerprint scanner
+ good runtimes
+ no PWM

Cons

- mediocre performance
- slow WLAN
- too weak a power supply included with phone
- moderate speaker sound
- low-light photography

Verdict – Very affordable with highlights but also some weaknesses

Motorola Moto G04 review
Motorola Moto G04 review

Motorola's Moto G04 is a budget phone that actually left a good impression on us: It features a true-color screen and takes decent photos in daylight. Its battery lasts a long time, its case is stable and beautifully designed and you even get an update promise until 2026. Other highlights include its fast fingerprint sensor, speedy storage, 90-Hz screen and NFC.

However, there are also downsides: Motorola may still be able to fix the phone's slow Wi-Fi with a software update. However, the slow SoC, flat speaker sound and weak power adapter included with the smartphone are compromises you'll have to accept.

Overall, the positive aspects outweigh the negative ones in our eyes if you're only on the hunt for a second phone or really don't want to spend any more money. All-in-all, the Motorola Moto G04 is a good choice.

The Motorola Moto G04 can be had for very little money, while still offering some equipment highlights and an update promise.

A possible alternative: The Redmi 13C from Xiaomi can already be found for a similar price to the Moto G04. It even comes with a 4-year update promise and just as attractive a case.

Price and availability

At the time of writing, the Motorola Moto G04 retails for around US$130 but cannot yet be purchased in the United States.

Motorola Moto G04 - 04/28/2024 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
44 / 70 → 63%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
86%
Games Performance
12 / 64 → 18%
Application Performance
59 / 86 → 69%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
64 / 90 → 71%
Camera
55%
Average
72%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2024-04-30 (Update: 2024-04-30)