Soon after launching the Moto G5S and G5S Plus in the Indian smartphone market, Lenovo-backed Motorola on Friday officially announced the launch of its much-awaited mid-range handset, called the “Moto X4” at the ongoing IFA 2017 event in Berlin. The Moto X4 is a mid-range smartphone that basically aimed at mainstream smartphone buyers in developing markets. The main highlights of the smartphone are its new design language, premium built quality with an anodized aluminium frame, a blazing-fast octa-core processor, dual-rear camera setup and Amazon’s Alexa powered AI assistant. As for pricing and availability, the Moto X4 comes with a price tag of €399 (approximately Rs. 30,400) and will hit the European market starting from September 2017 in Sterling Blue and Super Black colour options. The company says that the smartphone will be available in the US and other global markets later this year.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Moto X4 flaunts a 5.2-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a scratch resistance Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top of the display. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 508 image processing unit to handle the graphics content. In terms of memory, the Moto X4 comes in two variants based on its RAM and native storage configuration: Moto X4 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (for the Europe, North America and Latin America) and Moto X4 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (for the Asia Pacific region). The internal storage is further expandable via a microSDXC card slot. On the software front, the Moto X4 runs on Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system out-of-the-box.
In terms of photography, the Moto X4 houses a horizontally arranged dual rear camera setup that comes combined with one 12-megapixel primary camera with dual autofocus, an f/2.0 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, and one 8-megapixel secondary camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 1.12µm pixel size and ultra-wide angle with 120-degree field of view sensor for depth-of-field effects. The rear-facing dual camera setup also supports features like Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Colour Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash, Ultra-wide angle shot, Pro mode, Selective Focus, Selective Black & White (beta), Landmark/Object Recognition, Panorama, Slo-motion video, and 4K resolution video recording support. On the front, the smartphone features a 16-megapixel front-facing shooter with an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash module for capturing bright selfies and making video calls even in low light conditions. Further, the handset features an adaptive low light mode that offers better low light performance when the ambient light is not enough.
The other highlighted feature in this phone is its AI assistant as the Moto X4 comes integrated with Amazon’s Alexa powered AI assistant, which can be accessed even when the device is locked via a voice command. Apart from this, the Moto X4 also comes loaded with Moto Key feature, which allows users to access password-protected web pages on the phone or laptop by using fingerprint sensor instead of typing the actual password. The smartphone also features front-mounted fingerprint sensor (Beneath screen) and a new wireless audio streaming software powered by Tempow that lets you connect the Moto X4 to up to 4 Wireless/Bluetooth speakers simultaneously. The Moto X4’s body has achieved IP68 certification, which means the device is water and dust resistant which is a unique selling point these days.
In terms of connectivity, the Moto X4 supports various connectivity options that include Singel-SIM/Dual-SIM (depending on region), 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. On the battery front, the Moto X4 is backed up by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery with Motorola’s 15W Turbo Charging feature support. The company claims that the battery is able to deliver up to 24 hours of battery life on a single charge. The Turbo Charging feature on the Moto X4 provides up to 6 hours of battery usage time on 15 minutes of charging. Dimensionally, the handset measures in at 148.35 x 73.4 x 7.99 mm and weighing in at 163 grams.