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Moto X4 First Impressions

The major highlight of the device is its cameras, IP68 certification and the ability to connect up to four devices via Bluetooth.

Motorola has introduced the fourth generation of its X series with the launch of Moto X4 in India. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipkart and Moto Hub for purchase from midnight tonight at 11.59 PM. The Moto X4 comes in two variants – 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, at a price of Rs 20,999 and Rs 22,999 respectively. It comes in Super Black and Sterling Blue colour options.

Earlier, X series was considered as the flagship series of the Motorola, but with the launch of Moto X4, it is now more of a mid-range smartphone, to fill the gap between the G and Z line. The major highlight of the device is its cameras, IP68 certification and the ability to connect up to four devices via Bluetooth. We spent some time with the device during the launch event and here are our first impressions.


Design and Display

At a time when most of the other competitor smartphone companies are offering bezel-less design along with some sleek and glossy look. The X4 features a 5.2-inch full HD LTPS IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. At the top, there is an earpiece next to the moto branding, along with the front camera and LED flash. However, on-screen navigation controls and fingerprint sensor are at the base. The right houses the volume rockers and just beneath in the middle it has a power button, while on the top, there is a SIM and microSD tray next to the noise cancellation microphone.

Moving to the back panel, one will find the dual cameras set up, with the dual-tone LED flash and just beneath it, there is a Motorola logo branding. The back of the device is highly glossy, which makes it different and unique every time the viewing angle changes. The Moto X4 back is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass. At the bottom of the device, there is a USB type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is pretty much rare these days in a smartphone.

Coming back to the display, the 5.2-inch Full HD LTPS display comes with the resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. However, the version of the glass protection is unspecified, but it is expected to be Gorilla Glass 3. There is also an anti-fingerprint coating, which it touts to make it smudge-proof, but back panel of the device is a fingerprint magnet.



The camera on the Moto X4 is the main highlight of the device. You get a 12-megapixel camera with aperture f/2.0 and 8-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle camera with a viewing angle of 120 degrees. Apart from this, if you are not able to cover the whole landscape in your frame, one can easily switch to the wide-angle camera and can add more information in their shorts without moving around and changing frame too much. Earlier this feature was only available on the LG smartphones, and now Motorola has also added, which will come handy for many of the photographers.

Other than this, the smartphone comes with a really cool feature, known as the Spot Colour. This will allow users to pick a colour from their frame and make everything else monochrome. The Motorola has also improved the depth enable function on the Moto X4, now one can select the part of the image and blur out the background or change it to monochrome. Further, phone stores all the depth mode information of the images, which let users play with it later.

Moving to the front camera, it comes with a wide 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The company has added some new features like an auto/manual beauty mode and ability to click HDR images. Apart from this, for the low light pictures the device comes with a single tone LED flash, to capture the perfect selfies.


Hardware and Software

On the hardware front, the smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2GHz Octa-core processor, along with Adreno 508 GPU. The phone comes with two storage and RAM variants: one sports 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while the other features a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Both of the variants are expandable up to 2TB via microSD card slot.

On the software front, the device runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat, but it is planned to upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. The company has kept the stock Android user interface of the smartphone, similar to the previous generation devices. The Motorola has also added few third-party apps including Microsoft app suite and more.


Battery and Connectivity

The Moto X4 is backed by a 3000mAh battery coupled with a 15W rapid charger for turbocharging. On the connectivity front, it supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11.ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC and USB Type-C port.

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To conclude, the Moto X4 is quite an interesting device. The dual-camera setup, IP68 water certification and the stock Android experience surely add some brownie points. However, it would be interesting to see the performance of the device and the fact that will it be able to kill other mid-range smartphones.

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