Published on 13-Nov-2018 – The Moto X4 was unveiled at the IFA 2017 in Berlin (On 1st September 2017). The IFA Event successfully showcased a lot of top mobiles like the Lg V30, Sony Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 compact.
Moto X4 is one of those phones which grabbed everyone’s attention. Now, after two months of unveiling in Germany, Motorola has today launched the 4th Gen Moto X in the Indian market.
Update 5 Feb 2018 – Motorola has launched a new version of the Moto X4 with 6 GB Ram and 64 GB internal storage available for Rs. 24,999. There is already 3 GB and 4 GB ram version available on Flipkart, you can read about the price and details below. Besides, the 6 GB ram model seems pointless as the processor is not very powerful and the additional ram will no offer any benefit in terms of performance. It makes more sense to buy a phone with top of the line Snapdragon 835 with 6 GB ram.
While it’s not a flagship phone, it’s able to fill in the gap between the budget-friendly G series and flagship Z series from Moto.
Key highlights and Features of Moto X4
Unlike the latest G5S Plus and Z2 Play; the X4 has taken the design cues from Samsung and offers a Glass and metal design. Although, the front and back look refined compared to the recently launched Moto G5S Plus. It has a huge dial like camera module at the back side where Dual cameras reside along with the flash.
The X4 continues the legacy by sporting a fingerprint sensor on the front side.
Furthermore, the Moto X4 is quite chunky measures 7.9mm in thickness and weighs 163 g. Interestingly, it’s the first Moto smartphone to come with the IP68 rating; making it waterproof and dustproof compared to its siblings sporting a mere Nano coating and just being splash resistant.
Display – Also, the X4 flaunts a 5.2 inch 1080p FHD display which looks spectacular and has plenty of sharpness due to the smaller screen size. It also comes with a 2.5D curved glass (along with Corning Gorilla Glass) cover to enhance the touch experience.
Powering the phone is the Qualcomm’s latest mid-range chipset – Snapdragon 630 which comes with the Adreno 508 GPU clocked at 650 MHz.
Furthermore, the Snapdragon 630 promises 30% improvement in graphics over the previous generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It is refreshing to see Moto use the latest Chipset instead of the older Snapdragon 625 used in many phones like Moto G5 Plus.
Besides, It is coupled with 3GB /4 GB of ram and with 32 / 64GB of internal storage. It can further be expanded up to 2TB; using the micro SD card slot. You can get the SanDisk 400 GB micro-sd card which was also unveiled at the IFA 2017 to work with Moto X4.
Moto X4 has latest Snapdragon 630 Processor offer 30% better Performance compared to last gen.
Apart from the whole new design, the main highlight of the phone is its dual camera setup with one wide angle and the second standard lens. Unlike the Moto Z2 Force; which houses an RGB and monochrome sensor.
The X4 sports 12 MP dual autofocus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels. Importantly, the second sensor is an 8 MP Ultra wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 120° field of view. Also, the dual sensors are paired with dual LED flash and PDAF.
The default camera app hosts plenty of modes for users to play with. There’s ultra-wide shot, depth detection, professional mode, selective focus, spot color, slo-mo, best shot, scan barcodes.
Identify Landmarks and Objects
You can point the camera at the landmarks, and it will be able to show you some details or links to Wikipedia about the particular monument like TajMahal or Red Fort. You can also point it to an object, and it will also share the details about the object.
The selective focus allows users to either blur the background or the foreground to capture images with the bokeh effect. You can also make the background B&W and only make the subject have colors which can make your subject stand out in the picture.
Allows users to select just one color in the image and make rest of the image as B&W.
The rear camera supports 4k video recording at 30 FPS while it can record videos at 60 FPS using the 1080P resolution. Motorola has not mentioned if it comes with Optical image stabilization or Electronic image stabilization, lack of this may result in a shaky footage.
At the front, it sports a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a dedicated front flash. The camera app offers various modes for the front camera as well. There’s selfie panorama, face filters, beauty mode, adaptive low light mode and professional mode.
It’s probably the most feature-rich camera app in any mid-range phone. There are so many options to try out and experiment with; it will keep you occupied for long.
The Moto X4 allows you to connect up to 4 different Audio devices to your Moto X4 for synchronized output. In layman terms, you can use 4 different Bluetooth speakers to pair with Moto X4 at the same time, and play a song on all of them together.
The phone comes with Android v7.1.1 out of the box. The slightly tweaked Moto software and Snapdragon 630 based on 14nm architecture; make it the best combination for well optimized and fluid performance as a whole.
The software comes with some fantastic Motorola enhancements like pressing the display with 3 Fingers to capture a screenshot or the Moto Key which allows you to sign into various websites using the fingerprint scanner as the Moto Key stores your passwords safely.
The Moto X4 is driven by a sizeable 3000mAh battery pack; with fast charging capability. According to Moto; users can get up to 6hrs of battery life with just 15min of charge as the phone comes with a 15Watts turbocharger.
Motorola has a great track record of not skimping on any necessary sensors. It retains the gyroscope, magnetic sensor, accelerometer and ambient light sensor this time as well.
As far as connectivity is concerned, Motorola has always been a reliable OEM. The X4 comes with Bluetooth v5.0, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio, 4G/VoLTE, GPS.
The Moto X4 comes with Dual Sim Support and has a Hybrid Sim Slot to either use the second sim or the micro-sd card.
It supports Google Assistant like the Motorola Moto G5s Plus for voice assisted the search. Motorola launched the global version of the Moto X4 with Alexa assistant from Amazon; it is however not clear if they have provided the Alexa support in the Indian version.
India Price and Availability
Price – The Moto X4 is exclusive to Flipkart and the Moto-Hub in India and will be available from 13/November/2017 at midnight. The 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage version of the Moto X4 is available for Rs. 20,999 while the 4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage variant is available for Rs 22,999.
The price looks slightly expensive considering the price for Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Huawei Honor 9i which are both quite capable phones with Dual cameras and similar specs.
If you are planning to buy the Moto X4, the 64 GB version looks better and more future proof. The 32 GB storage may not be sufficient for everyone, as the second sim card slot is a hybrid, so if you are using Dual Sim then you will not be able to use the micro-sd card.
Technical Specifications For Motorola Moto X4 Smartphone
- Design – Glass and Metal Finish.
- Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa-Core Processor Clocked at 2.0 GHz.
- GPU – Adreno 508 graphics.
- Display: 5.2-inch 16:9 Full HD Display with (1920*1080)Pixels resolution and 422 PPI.
- Corning Gorilla Glass Protection, 2.5D curved Glass
- RAM – 3 or 4 GB RAM
- Storage – 32 / 64 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB, Hybrid Sim Slot.
- Dual Rear Dual: 12 MP dual autofocus sensor with f/2.0 aperture + 8 MP Ultra wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture.
- Front: 16 MP Wide Angle with (F/2,0 aperture).
- Battery: 3,000 mAh with Turbo Charging Support.
- Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Stock Android Experience.
- Thickness – 7.9 mm
- Weight: 163 grams
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 NFC / USB Type-C
- Others Features: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant
- Colors – Grey and Black color options.
- Fingerprint Scanner at the front of the device.
- Price – 20,999 (3 GB/ 32 GB) or Rs. 22,999 (4 GB / 64 GB), Rs. 24,999 ( 6 GB RAM / 64 GB)