[Review] Motorola Moto X4

Motorola‘s Moto X series has always fared well in the market because of its flagship-like experience. The best part about Moto handsets is you get to enjoy a near Stock Android experience and the handsets don’t come with too many bloatware (pre-loaded software/Apps). The launch of the Moto X4 is also being termed as the resurrection of the Moto X series. The handset does steal the show with its look. The handset is available in Super Black and Sterling Blue color. I tested the Sterling Blue color variant.

 

Design

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The Moto X4 conforms to the IP68 rating. The Sterling Blue color appears to be more like of silver. The rear boasts 3D curved glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection that acts as a super-reflective surface. The glass is a fingerprint magnet and can break. So, I would suggest that you get a shock-proof cover while buying the handset. The handset is surrounded by a metallic (anodized aluminium) frame.

Display

The Moto X4 boasts a 5.2inch Full HD display. But, when I saw the device it appeared to be a 5.5inch screen while comparing it with the dimensions. The display is smooth and resistant to fingerprints.

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Performance

The Moto X4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor clocked at 2.2GHz and with Adreno 508 GPU clocked at 650MHz. The phone can handle normal tasks with ease. We also played games like Asphalt 8 and Need For Speed: No Limits and they ran without any lags though it started heating up after 8 to 10 minutes of gameplay. In our 4GB + 64GB unit, we found that nearly 18GB of data was already consumed and the average Memory usage varies between 2.0 to 2.2 GB. The external storage capacity can be topped up to 2TB via microSD card.

Camera

The handset boasts a dual rear camera setup – 12MP primary sensor with an 8MP secondary sensor. The secondary sensor offers 120-degree field-of-view. The primary sensors delivered normal photographs but while shooting the same photograph with the wide-angle lens, it added a ‘curved effect’. We also experienced a lag while switching between the sensors. The extra processing during Depth Mode adds more lag. Let’s a have a look at some of the shots clicked by the Moto X4.

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The 16MP Selfie camera with a selfie flash is a boon for selfie lovers. I will be adding more photographs in the next version of this post (within 24 hours).

Software

The handset runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Moto Actions (Gesture) and Google Assistant enabled and is expected to get the Android 8.0 Oreo update. The device also includes the Moto Key feature that allows you to store your login details with the help of your fingerprint.

Multimedia

The presence of Bluetooth 5.0 allows the device to connect upto 4 different audio-enabled Bluetooth devices over 5.0GHz Wi-Fi network. With the help of this setup, the user can virtually create a stereo setup. The device can connect upto only one Bluetooth speaker over 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks. When the Wireless sound system is enabled, all non-audio devices are temporarily paused.

The on-board speakers also delivered satisfactory results. The sound output from the earphones was truly immersive.

Battery

The handset packs a 3,000mAh battery with Turbo Charging enabled. We tested the device under two different conditions and got two different results. In the first case, the battery lasted about 17 hours. That includes internet browsing, a few camera shots and a 3 minute 4K video recording, 30 minutes of gaming and using the WiFi Hotspot for 2 hours. The phone really heated up while the HotSpot was on and had to let it cool down. In the second case, the battery lasted for about 40 hours with regular usage – always-on internet connection, a few camera shots, internet surfing and a few voice calls.

So, the Moto X4 fares well in design, performance and battery. However, we believe that the camera could have been better.

HiTechUp Rating – 8.45/10.

Moto X4 is available on Flipkart starting at ₹ 20,999.

COMMENTS

  • Seems a great smartphone, personally I love Motorola phones , happy that they have good battery, 120 degree view sensor and latest android version. well written review!

  • What a great review. I’m an iPhone girl myself, but if I were to switch, this would be a consideration. Appreciate your videos to show the photos capabilities. Great job

  • Motorola have been trying to come back to the market for a long time now. I hope they get it right this time.

  • Motorola used to be one of the most trusted phones back then, glad they are back in the market with a smartphone. Looks impressive and classy, I will see if my hubby will like this.

  • Kristin

    That looks like a great phone. My husband does android and is in the market for a new phone!

  • Bethanny Sudibyo

    I haven’t been into motorola since years. I see they have started to improve on things, but like you said the camera could be better. And for me, I want a phone with a great camera.

  • Oh gosh Motorola still exists, it’s been a while since I saw one. Sounds like a good phone with great features. Thanks for sharing

  • I have been looking for a new phone when my plan finishes in 6 months time, I definitely take a look at this phone closer. I will need to check if you get it in the UK though. I am sold with the 16MP Selfie camera with a selfie flash is a boon for selfie lovers.

  • The battery life on this seems awesome. Although I would be nervous with how much it heated up when it became a hotspot. I would have to check to see what other users thought first.

  • Great review makes me want one but I don’t think I could part with my s8!

  • Thorough review. Liked how you included the image. There are much better phones besides the Moto X4.

  • Great review. I am an iphone person myself, but this would be great for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

  • These specifications show that this phone is one to purchase, I last used Motorola several years ago, but I think I can give it a try.

  • It’s great to read about Motorola handsets and to learn how they have evolved, as I used to own one when I was younger but haven’t heard anything recent about it. It looks like a good device but the heating up part is disturbing. I wish they can resolve this problem in their new versions.

  • good review.moto x4 is good interms of design,good features and it gives good performance.It hosts a dual camera which gives good pictures in day light and night as well.

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