Last known price of Motorola Moto X4 4GB RAM was Rs. 22,999. This phone is available in 32 GB, 64 GB, 64 GB storage variants.
When Motorola announced the Moto X4 at IFA 2017, it came as a surprise for many. Once Motorola's premium smartphone line up, the Moto X series was virtually dead with no new smartphone launches with the Moto X moniker announced since 2015. Motorola, it seems, were too busy concentrating on their budget Moto G and wanted to move away from the old Moto X series. When Motorola announced the new Moto Z series in 2016, most of us were led to believe that we would never see a Moto X branded handset again. That, however, was not to be.Say hello to the new Motorola Moto X4.
As you might have guessed from its name, this is the fourth generation Moto X handset from the company. The Moto X4 is positioned as an upper-mid-range smartphone and comes in two versions in India - an entry-level 32GB storage and 3GB RAM version and a top-of-the-line 64GB storage and 4GB RAM variant. Motorola sent us the 64GB RAM version for this review. Needless to say, both these handsets are identical in all other respects, save for the RAM and storage differences.
There is no denying that the Moto X4 is one gorgeous looking device. While it may not scream for attention like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or even the new OnePlus 5T does with their tall, 18:9 aspect ratio, near-bezel-less displays, the Moto X4 is sure to charm you with its elegant looks. In case you have been tracking the design evolution of Moto through the years, it becomes evident that the X4 derives more styling cues from the Moto G series than the older Moto X series. At first glance, the resemblance to the Moto G5 and the Moto G5S is uncanny. Only the more premium finish and the glass back is a dead giveaway.
The Moto X4 happens to be the first Motorola smartphone to feature a rear glass coating. While this does endow the handset with a premium look, it also makes the handset susceptible to scratches and vulnerable to even small drops. Motorola sort of mitigates this problem by offering a Gorilla Glass 3 coating and by ensuring that the phone is IP68 certified for water and dust ingression. However, it would be really wise of you to get a decent case for the phone to keep it safe at all times. Another thing you need to keep handy is a microfiber cloth to wipe all those fingerprint marks away.
Motorola was spot-on with the ergonomics of the Moto X4. The handset at 5.2-inches and 168 grams feels just about right in your palms. The fingerprint scanner is located just beneath the display making it a breeze to lock and unlock the phone quickly. The power and volume buttons located on the right side make a satisfying click noise each time you press them. The only chink in the Moto X4's design armour is the rather ungainly camera bump at the back.
The 5.2-inch panel used on the Moto X4 is an LTPS, IPS, LCD display that offers a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display is sharp and vibrant and does not oversaturate colours. Visibility under direct sunlight is excellent too. The software offers the user two modes - standard and vibrant to customize the display.
The Moto X4 gets by with a very moderate looking spec sheet. The phone uses Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 630 chipset that was announced along with the Snapdragon 660 in 2017. This chip is positioned just below Qualcomm's flagship offerings. The SoC houses the new Qualcomm Spectra ISP and a faster X12 LTE modem. The new Adreno 508 GPu claims 30% higher graphics performance over older 6XX chipsets. The SoC houses a Cortex A53 octa-core CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz. In India, the X4 is offered in two variants, a 3GB RAM +32GB entry level version and a 4GB + 64GB version. The unit we had with us was the top-of-the-line 64GB/4GB variant.
As a norm, we ran the usual set of benchmark tests on the device and this is what the Moto X4 manage to score
Thanks to ample 4GB of RAM, the overall performance tends to be zippy. Having used the phone as my primary smartphone for over three weeks, I can vouch for the fact that the Moto X4 handles almost all the tasks you throw it at with aplomb. The only time I noticed some lag was within the contacts app where scrolling through old call records felt a bit choppy. Another area where there was some lag was during web browsing and scrolling through social media apps like Facebook and Twitter. The handset also supports a split screen mode which lets you use two apps at the same time.
While not an avid gamer, I did install a couple of games to check how well the phone handles graphically intensive titles. Some of the games I installed on the phone were Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3 and Ninja Arashi. The phone handled all three titles with relative ease. I did not face any heating issues either during gameplay. Rest assured, the Moto X4 will play most of the games you throw at it with relative ease.
The Moto X4 gets a 3,000 mAh battery with support for Motorola's version of fast charging - TurboPower. Motorola includes the 15W charger with the phone that can charge the phone for 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes. In my day to day tests, the phone easily lasted one full day of moderate usage with the display brightness set to medium. The handset consistently delivered a screen-on-time of 4.5 to 5 hours. With some optimisation from the user, you will easily be able to squeeze over 5 hours of screen-on-time on the Moto X4. The phone took just over 1.5 hours for a full 0 to 100% charge.
As expected of a Motorola, the Moto X4 runs a near-stock, no-frills version of Android. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat at launch and it is expected to receive an official nod to Android 8.0 Oreo in the next few months. In fact, the Android One edition (which is not sold in India) has already received the official Oreo Update. Motorola also packs in its own â€œMotoâ€ app that lets you customize Motorola-specific features like Moto Actions and Moto Display. The phone also supports split screen apps whereby you can run two apps at the same time.
As evident from the name, Moto Actions is basically a set of gestures that you can use to trigger several actions. These include a chop gesture that turns on the flashlight on, a chop gesture twice to turn on the flashlight or twisting the phone twice to launch the camera. You also get the option to use the fingerprint scanner as a navigation tool. Then there is the option to shrink the screen by a simple swipe and the option to make the ringtone stop ringing the moment you pick the phone up. The Moto Display option has the option to turn the blue light filter on automatically.
One of the features that most people will enjoy is the â€œWireless Sound Systemâ€ feature that lets you connect up to your bluetooth headphones simultaneously to the phone to easily have a stereo set up ready. Setting up multiple speakers was really easy and right now, this seems to be a feature unique to the Moto X4.
The Moto X4 gets a dual camera set up at the rear and a single front camera. The primary camera at the rear is a 12-megapixel unit, while the secondary unit can take images at 8-megapixel. The secondary camera not only helps in depth sensing but also happens to feature a 120-degree wide angle view. Both the cameras support video recording in full HD at 60 fps. Only the 12-megapixel camera supports 4K video recording at 30 fps.
The phone also supports a â€˜depth enabledâ€ mode that lets users customise the background blur of captured images. However, one thing I did not particularly like about this mode was that users were required to open a separate app to edit and customize the blur level. Competing devices offer the same feature from within the camera app. The phone also gets a full-fledged professional mode to fine-tune almost all aspects of the camera. There is a competent panorama mode as well which I found to be very easy to use. The spot colour option is another feature that users would love. This mode lets you choose a color from the frame and highlight only that colour while keeping the rest of the frame in black and white. Following a recent update, Motorola also added an object recognition mode that actually identifies the subject you photograph. While most people will like the camera UI on the Moto X4, one issue I faced was the delay in capturing a shot. There is considerable delay between the time you press the shutter and the photo being actually taken. The animation around the shutter button is also cause of minor irritation.
Moving on to the image quality, I was happy with images taken during bright daylight on the primary 12-megapixel camera. These photos turn out with great detail. While initially i thought the wide-angled camera was more of a gimmick, I found using it more often than the primary camera. While the image quality does take a dive, the wide angle shots sort of make up for it. In low light conditions, though, you are better off using the primary camera as there is a noticeable difference between the image quality of the two in such situations.
While not a selfie freak, the 16-megapixel front camera takes excellent selfies and for those worried about low light selfies, Motorola has also thrown in an LED flash to aid you in such situations.
Overall, the Moto X4 is has an excellent camera. The only major issue with it was the drop in quality in low light scenes.
When Motorola launched the Moto X4 more than two years after the last Moto X device, we felt that the new device had a major responsibility on its shoulders. Not only did the phone did have to differentiate itself from Motorola's budget offerings, it also had to to live up to the expectations of more demanding customers in this Rs. 20k to Rs.25k segment. As I wrap up this review, it is clear that the Moto X lineup could not have received a better successor. In fact, the Moto X4 impressed us so much, it was an easy choice as our winner for the best upper mid-range smartphone on 2017. We feel that the Moto X4 nestles comfortably between the more expensive near-flagship class devices like the OnePlus 5/5T, the Honor 8 Pro, and the recently launched Honor View 10. The Moto X4, therefore, would make for a great smartphone if you are on the lookout for a feature-packed device under Rs.25,0000.
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 630|
|Display||5.2 inches (13.21 cm)|
|Rear Camera||Dual (12MP + 8MP)|
|Launch Date||13 November 2017|
|Dimensions||5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches (148.4 x 73.4 x 8 mm)|
|Weight||163 grams (5.75 oz)|
|Build||Front/back glass, aluminum frame|
|Colors||Super Black, Sterling Blue|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 630|
|No of Cores||8 (Octa Core)|
|CPU||2.2 GHz, Cortex-A53|
|Operating System||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|Expandable||microSD, Upto 2TB (Hybrid Slot)|
|Display Type||LTPS IPS LCD|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass3|
|Screen Size||5.2 inches (13.21 cm)|
|Color Reproduction||16M Colors|
|Screen to body percentage||68.4 %|
|Pixel Density||424 pixels per inch (ppi)|
|Touchscreen type||Capacitive, Multi-touch|
|Rear||Dual (12MP + 8MP)|
|Rear Camera Features||Dual-LED dual-tone flash, Panorama, dual pixel PDAF|
|Selfie Camera Features||LED Flash|
|Physical Aperture||Rear (f/2.0) + (f/2.2), Front (f/2.0)|
|SIM Configuration||Dual SIM, Nano SIM (Hybrid Slot)|
|Bluetooth||v5.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX (5.0 after SW update)|
|Wi-Fi||Yes with dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Network||4G VoLTE, 4G|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Voice Over LTE (VoLTE)||Yes|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, Front- mounted|
|Other Sensors||Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor|