Moto X4 First Impression – Stylish and Powerful Smartphone at Budget

Here we have the latest offering my MOTOROLA, MOTO X4. Though it looks like pretty average smartphone for most of the part but there’s a couple of things that makes this phone special.

First it’s an Android One device which means, it’s very affordable, the experience is basically stock android, and it will get timely software updates. Secondly it’s on Google’s shortlist of project 5 compatible phone. But what else does it offer?

On the outside there’s nothing overly flashy about the Moto X4 but Android 1 phones aren’t meant to have a ton of bells and whistles. It does still have pretty nice design, this is really a different phone entirely. Like X4 has a mostly glass design with glass on the front and back and metal wrapping on the sides. It feels nice and comfortable to hold especially with rounded corners. Unlike Moto Z series smartphones the X4 does comes with headphone jack to use your favorite pair of headsets and it’s also IP68 water and dust resistant which is really nice to see on a phone of this price point.

Moto X4 PhotoThere’s nothing fancy about the screen either, it’s not curved or bezel less it’s just your normal smartphone display it’s a 5.2inch LCD panel with 1080p resolution. The colors are nice, good viewing angles and decent outdoor visibility. The black levels aren’t quite as good as an AMOLED screen but in general most people will be happy with the screen.

The biggest perk you’ll find on the MOTO X4 is that, it has dual camera on the back. There’s a 12-MP main sensor at f/2.0 aperture and the secondary is 8-MP sensor at f/2.2 aperture which is a wide angle lens. So this set up isn’t too good in low light but the wide angle is great for landscape shots or group photos.

The secondary sensor also lets you do a depth effect or ‘portrait mode’. Motorola also lets you do some other neat tricks like crop out the subject and replace it with different background or turn parts of the image black and white to put emphasis on a specific part of the photo. General picture quality is decent in good lighting and you can get some pretty good details and color but it crushes the shadow a little too much. Even in low light there is visible noise and doesn’t handle the highlights well. Moto X4 Camera

Coming to the USP, stock Android. Users will enjoy the stock Android as there’s no bloatware on the phone at all and you get all the Motorola enhancements as well the Moto display and various Moto gestures. It’s running Android Nougat at the moment, but will be getting Android Oreo very soon.

In terms of specs, it’s got Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB of RAM or 4GB depend on the region. It comes with 32GB of internal storage with a micro SD card slot. Fingerprint scanner is placed at the bottom chin that’s very fast and accurate and Motorola also lets you to use to put the phone to sleep.

It’s not the most powerful phone in the market but you will face no complaints about the performance. It’s smooth and fluid with games or multitasking back and forth without any stuttering or hiccups. The battery life on the X4 is not amazing but it’s not bad either. It has a 3000 mAH battery that get you through a full day with pretty normal usage.

Moto X4 Specifications:

  • Android 7.1 Nougat OS
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD) support
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 5.2 inch Full HD LTPS IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630 14nm Mobile Platform
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • 3GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage memory
  • Expandable up to 2TB with microSD card
  • 12 Megapixel primary camera with Dual Autofocus Pixel sensor, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, 1.4um pixel size along with 8 Megapixel ultra-wide angle secondary camera with 120-degree field of view, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, dual-tone LED flash
  • Ultra HD 4K video recording
  • 16 Megapixel Front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and 1um pixel size
  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • 3.5mm audio jack, Front-ported speaker, 3-Mics
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS, NFC and USB Type-C
  • 3000mAh battery with Turbo Charging support

So overall the MOTO X4 is a pretty solid smartphone but very different from the previous release by MOTO. The great about this phone is that part of the Android One program and also Project 5 compatible at the same time.

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