[IFA 2017] Motorola Reimagines the Moto X with the Moto X4
Motorola is on a release and announcement spree this year. The company started off the year with the announcement of successors to the popular Moto G; this continued with the announcements of the Moto E successor, Moto Z2 Play and the new Moto C. The release spree is continuing with a new version of the company’s acclaimed Moto X series. The Moto X series of devices was the first series which brought the struggling brand to the forefront under Google’s purview. However, after spending a year on the bench, the Moto X is finally being brought to the market again by the currently Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility.
Moto X4: Marrying Performance & Aesthetics for the Premium Mid-range
The new Moto X4 pushes boundaries in the aesthetics and features when it comes to the premium mid-range (for Motorola at least). While before, the Moto X was a powerful flagship mid-range device; the new Moto X4 brings additional features and new design choices. The Moto X4 marries some of the design choices we’re used to seeing from Motorola with some we’re used to in other premium flagships. The first thing you’ll notice about the Moto X4 is its shiny exterior. Yes, the Moto X4 has a glass back. The Moto X4‘s glass back brings a more premium feel to the device. Look a little closer and you’ll see the intricate “watch face” design which masks the once obnoxious camera hump of other Motorola devices. This brings a new design aesthetic which makes the device that much more beautiful.
The Moto X4 is not only a beautiful device, it comes with respectable specifications. The device will be running on an octa-core (8-core) Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 which is clocked at 2.2GHz. It will be supported by the Adreno 508 graphic processor and 3GB of RAM. In addition, it will have 32GB on onboard storage which can be expanded with an additional 2TB via microSD card slot. The Moto X4 also promises “All day battery” with its non-removable 3000mAh battery. It also comes with Motorola’s TurboPower charging which claims to give 6 hours of power with 15 minutes of charging.
The Moto X4 continues to shy away from phablet territory with a 5.2-inch FullHD IPS display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The display also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The Moto X4 is also Motorola Mobility’s first ever device with an IP68 rating. This means that the device is water resistant to a depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes and is dust resistant without the need for extra caps or covers.
Dual Cameras for Better Pictures & Smarter Experiences
The Moto X4 follows the Moto Z2 Force and doubles down on the dual cameras. The Moto X4 comes with a f/2.0, 12-megapixel sensor with a 1.4µm pixel size. This sensor is paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle f/2.2 lens with 1.12µm pixel size. The dual camera setup allows users to capture that much sought after bokeh effect. In addition to this, Motorola is bringing a few software tricks of its own; one of the new features that users can take advantage of is the ability to selectively preserve colour in a monochrome shot or vice versa. The camera also allows you to allows you to easily scan a business card.
On the other side of things, the Moto X4 comes with a 16-megapixel, f/2.0 front facing camera sensor with 1.0µm pixel size. The camera also features an adaptive low light mode which Motorola claims to give great low light performance. This in addition to the “Dual Autofocus Pixel” technology can potentially make the Moto X4 a contender for good camera performance.
The most interesting feature touted by the camera is landmark detection. This feature allows the camera to detect and recognise landmarks in the viewfinder and bring up information on the landmark.
No word on local availability of the Motorola Moto X4 yet in Malaysia. However, the device will be retailing at €399 (USD$473/RM2021.96) in various European countries. Motorola says the X4 will be available in the U.S. as well as other countries later in the fall.