The Motorola Moto X4 is finally here after seeing the name of the upcoming smartphone appear some weeks before specs and features about the phone made their way onto the web. Lenovo unveiled the Moto X4 during its press event today in Berlin at IFA 2017 alongside other new tech. The handset is part of the once-famed Moto X series that some believed would disappear because of the premium, quasi-modular Moto Z line. Motorola said at the arrival of the Moto Z series that it wouldn’t eliminate the Moto X line, and the now Lenovo-owned company has kept its word. Let’s dive into everything there’s to know about it.
Most of which we expected coming into today was confirmed, but there are some extra things you should know before considering this phone as your next. The new Moto X4 device features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD Gorilla Glass panel with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080p. Its display size is an expansion of the original 4.7-inch display that debuted with the Google-backed device in 2013. Other expected specs include 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (expandable via microSD), IP68 water and dust certification, and a 3,000mAh battery. These specs are nothing out of standard expectations for a mid-range device, which the Moto X line seems like it will be moving forward.
The Full HD resolution could give owners more than enough juice in the 3,000mAh battery that is included, as it’s no surprise to see battery life spared when Quad HD resolutions disappear on devices. Motorola isn’t declaring this a high-end device, though, when you consider that the company is utilizing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC in it, though it should prove less intensive on the battery and result in battery life to spare. 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, along with IP68 water and dust certification, are out of step with common expectations, though, so Motorola is pushing the envelope and doing its best to change perceptions of what consumers can expect out of mid-range devices.
The manufacturer has been winning the battle in the mid-range category, and the Moto X4 should prove delightful in this area. The handset will run Google’s latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat software out of the box. This means you’ll have access to all the latest features from Google such as doze on the go, bundled notifications, split screen multitasking, enhanced security, new emojis, and a new Vulkan API for better overall graphics performance. You’ll also have some Android 7.1.1 Nougat (MR1) features like app shortcuts, GIF touch keyboard support, live wallpaper metadata, and more. Also included are both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, the first for a Motorola branded phone. Users can expect a few useful Motorola additions in software. And because we’re talking about “a few,” Moto X4 will get quick system updates once they become available. If you buy the phone, watch for our Droid Updates Weekly Series.
In design, Moto X4 uses 3D contoured glass and an anodized aluminum frame. The handset measures 7.99m thick and weighs approximately 163g. There is no Moto Mod support, but the non-tactile home button with fingerprint recognition has been borrowed from the Moto Z series. The Motorola logo dimple is on the back, and volume and power controls are along the right side of the smartphone. USB Type-C with Turbo Charging and a headphone jack are accessible from the bottom. Other notable specs include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 (support up to four devices at a time) and built-in NFC.
Where things prove interesting for the Moto X4 are in the camera department. The Moto X4 has dual back cameras, the primary rear camera at 12MP while the secondary camera boasts an 8MP sensor. A 16MP front sensor for the selfie camera should give detailed selfies for those who never get enough self-portraits. Dual-camera setups are becoming a norm for high-end Android smartphones so it’s also nice to see that Motorola is ahead of the curve with Moto X4. Buyers will appreciate the trend-worthiness of this mid-range smartphone, and the mid-range market is where Motorola shines. The Moto X4 proves no different.
Moto X4 will be available in two color options: Super Black and Sterling Blue. It’ll arrive both in stores and online this September in select regions including Europe and the US unlocked. The company will start accepting pre-orders soon for €399, or $474 USD. We’ll update you with the product links once they go up. For now, you can register for email updates over at Motorola’s website.
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