Late last night, Lenovo-owned Motorola unveiled the Moto X4 during its IFA 2017 event in Berlin. The mid-range device is unlike any Moto X smartphones we have seen so far. Courtesy of the design language, the smartphone also stands out among a sea of rectangular devices. The smartphone is set to go on sale sometime this month in Europe priced at €399 (Rs 30,000 approximately). There’s no word on a launch in other markets yet. With publications getting some hands-on time with the new Moto X4, here’s a roundup of all the first impressions.
The Moto X4 has a design language that makes it standout. The glass covered body gets a slight curve at the back making it easy to hold in your palms. Though it is a tad slippery, and a fingerprint magnet, there’s no denying that it is a good looking device. Engadget’s Cherlynn Low writes, “The first thing I noticed about the X4 is its beautiful, shiny body.” She adds, “I also liked the X4’s gentle curves, which made it easy to maneuver.”
Another talking point of the smartphone is the dual-camera setup at the back. This setup includes a 12-megapixel Dual Autofocus sensor, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 120-degree field-of-view. While there is the now-standard bokeh effect feature, the camera also comes with a feature called Landmark detection. This feature essentially detects a landmark in the frame, and then ask if you want to learn something about it.
While it is too early to determine just how good the cameras are, DigitalTrends’ Simon Hill writes, “If you’re a fan of bokeh effects, then it’s going to grab your attention. Selective focus seems to work pretty well, provided you take your time and your subject doesn’t move.”
There’s a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display, and again early impressions are positive. AndroidPolice’s Ryan Whitwam writes, “The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display, and it’s a very good one. I actually thought I was looking at an AMOLED at first, but I didn’t get a chance to see it outdoors.”
Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB internal storage. There’s another variant that comes with 64GB storage, and 4GB of RAM. These are strictly mid-range specs, and performances shouldn’t be a big issue.
Another feature worth pointing out is the Moto X4’s Bluetooth implementation. The smartphone is actually able to simultaneously have up to four Bluetooth connections to stream audio. While it sounds interesting in theory, the execution doesn’t seem to be on par. GSMArena writes, “In all fairness, the practical aspects seem to fall rather short. Also, the whole thing doesn’t really play nice with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connections, so you have to turn the WLAN radio off or switch over to 5GHz beforehand.”
While there is Google Assistant on board, the Moto X4 is also the first Motorola device to get Amazon’s Alexa voice app. This essentially means, one will be able to launch Alexa from the lock screen, using only the “Alexa” wake word. You won’t need to unlock the device either. While it is good to have to assistants on board, their day-to-day practical use is something that remains to be seen.
AndroidCentral’s Andrew Maronik sums up the first impressions of the new Moto X4. “It looks like the Moto X4 is a really solid mid-range package with great hardware, most of the specs and features people want in this price range and a pair of cameras that may even be above-average. And it still offers that tried-and-true Motorola software that we all hold in such high regard.”
He however adds, “But what the Moto X4 doesn’t have is anything unique, intriguing or differentiating in the same way the Moto X lineage so often offered.”