As we all are aware by now, Motorola is one brand which has sort of mastered the key to making the best mid-range mobiles. While the Moto G series is one of their best selling mobile ranges, the X and C series are also fairly popular. The brand has very recently introduced a new addition to their existing lineup of smartphones and it is the Moto X4. In the run-up to the new year, more and more brands are pumping out newer mobile phones and Motorola is not a brand to lag behind. There has been a lot of hype behind the Moto X4 and we are here to tell you whether or not is the device worth your hard-earned bucks, so let’s get started.
Moto X4 Review and Comparison
The Lenovo owned brand has always been pushing innovation when it comes to mobile devices. They have experimented with different phone designs, camera setups, and much more. The Moto X4 at first glance doesn’t look very different; in fact is a very run-of-the-mill Motorola smartphone, which we are very used to seeing, however, it is still very different to other Motorola smartphones. It has a5.2 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 ppi. It has a Snapdragon 630 processor along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. There is a 12MP+8mp dual camera setup on the bank and the selfie camera is a 16MP shooter. There is a 3000mAh battery and the operating system is Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. The device is priced at Rs 20,999 for the 3GB_32GB variant and 22,999 for the 4GB+64GB variant.
Coming to the design of the device, the company has made sure to pay attention to the design very intricately. The front of the phone is dominated by a 5.2-inch display, framed by thick bezels at the top and bottom. A capacitive, oval-shaped fingerprint scanner is underneath the display, the power and volume buttons are all on the right side and the headphone jack is on the bottom, next to the USB Type-C port. The device has a single speaker and you will have to sacrifice a MicroSD card if you have two SIMs owing to the hybrid SIM tray.
The last X series phone was the Moto X style which was released back in 2015, and 2 years later, the gadget market has completely changed and so has the competition. Talking about competing devices, this one is at par with the very popular Samsung A5. Priced around the 20,000 mark, Motorola does not have much to compete within this price segment, which means that the brand can reap the benefits, as there are not many similarly priced phones available in the market which have the same features. The design is absolutely great, the outer aluminum frame gives it a very nice look and the device looks almost premium. It does attract fingerprints, but there are very few devices which do not. The borders on the side are relatively slim and there is a camera bump on the back which may irritate some.
The display is bright and the colors are vivid and true. There also a capacitive fingerprint sensor which works really well. In the box, Lenovo ships the Moto X4 with a charger, data cable, SIM eject tool, instructions, and a headset.
Coming to the processor, the device uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 mobile platform, which is very similar to the 626 and 625 SoCs usually found in this segment. The 4G works really well on both the SIMs. You also get FM radio, NFC, USB-OTG, Bluetooth 5, and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Sensors include a gyroscope and compass along with the usual proximity sensor, accelerometer, and magnetometer. The near stock Android experience is going to please many and an Oreo update is on the cards. A new addition here is Moto Key, which lets you use the phone’s fingerprint sensor for authentication when you log in to a Windows PC or on websites that require a password. The Moto X4 has a feature called Wireless Sound System in the Settings app, which lets you connect up to four Bluetooth devices at the same time.The brand has very recently introduced a new addition to their existing lineup of smartphones and it is the Moto X4.
The phone performs really well without any lags or stutters. The hiccups-free performance will leave you pleased. The dual camera setup is an additional USP of this phone. Interestingly, it has a 12-megapixel primary camera with a f/2.0 aperture and PDAF, and an 8-megapixel secondary camera with a 120-degree field-of-view for wide-angle shots. You can switch between sensors, but the pictures look a little too overexposed in direct sunlight. Video resolution goes up to 4K, but the continuous autofocus is slow as well a pain to use.
Coming to the performance, well, the battery life is decent, giving you enough juice for 1 day with heavy usage. Gaming is not much of a hassle and GPS works perfectly. There is a fast charger which can charge your device to full capacity within an hour. Overall, the device looks and feels great, the camera may not be the best, but it isn’t bad either. For the price it is being offered at, we think it is an excellent device. The performance is pretty good and it is water resistant as well. The best part is that it is very ergonomically designed and feels extremely compact. If you are looking for a camera-centric device, then this might not be the one for you, but for everything else, this is an excellent phone.
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