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Metal and glass build looks gorgeous
Sharp and vivid display
IP68 water resistant
Feels bit heavy
Shutter lag and unreliable bokeh mode
No stabilization for videos
Flipkart Moto X4 Sale: A user can buy Moto X4 worth Rs.21999 at Rs.11399 at Amazon. It comes with 12MP + 8MP dual back camera (f2.2) with PDAF and 16MP front facing camera, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory expandable up to 2TB and Android v7.1 Nougat operating system. Offer is valid for the limited period so shop now.
Lenovo-owned Motorola has finally revived its Moto X lineup in 2017 with the launch of Moto X4, almost two years since the launch of Moto X Style in 2015. Unlike the premium Moto Z series, the new Moto X4 is a mid-range smartphone with a revamped design language that falls in line with the Moto Z phones but without Moto Mods support. The Moto X4 boasts appealing looks in a compact form-factor and features IP68 certification for water and dust resistance which is something limited to certain flagships. Priced slightly above Rs. 20,000 and having the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) as the only competitor in its price range, does the Moto X4 offer more than just good looks and live up to our expectations? Let’s find out in our review.
The Moto X4 definitely stands out with a significantly revised design when compared to the previous Moto X lineup. Featuring a metal and glass construction, the phone looks classy and feels altogether premium. The front with a 5.2-inch display looks much identical to the Moto G5 Plus and both the devices are similar in dimensions. However, Moto X4 weighing at 163g is on a heavier side due to an aluminium frame and Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides. The glass back makes the phone very slippery and as usual is highly prone to fingerprint smudges. However, the gently curved side across the back make for a comfortable grip and feels great in hand.
There is a reflective film underneath the glass back that changes colour depending on the light (especially on Sterling Blue version), thus making the effect aesthetically beautiful. Despite having a glass back, there is no wireless charging. Thankfully, the Moto X4 retains the headphone jack plus offers water and dust resistance with an IP68 rating.
Speaking of physical overview, the front top houses the earpiece which also acts as the only loudspeaker but a front-firing one. Underneath the display resides the capacitive fingerprint sensor. The physical buttons are on the right side in the form of tiny volume buttons and a textured power key. The Hybrid Dual SIM tray sits on the top whereas the USB Type-C port and 3.5mm jack are at the bottom.
The protruding dual camera setup at the back sits inside a round-shaped ring protection and the lens reflects a concentric circles pattern. Following, the Moto logo flaunts in the middle.
Summing up, though the Moto X4 lacks the trendy bezel-less design and support for Moto Mods, nevertheless, it's a compact and classy looking phone. Box contents include a charger, USB cable, headset, and a SIM ejector tool. Comes in Super Black and Sterling Blue.
Unlike most devices appearing nowadays, the Moto X4 neither features an edge-to-edge design with a taller 18:9 screen nor has a curved 2.5D display. The phone sticks to the basics with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, 1080p resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. The smaller screen makes the device compact and easy for single-handed usage. There are standard bezels around the display and on-screen buttons aid the navigation which you can disable. Talking about quality, the display is very bright, sharp, and produces rich and well-saturated colours. However, don’t expect vibrancy and true blacks as on an AMOLED panel. The viewing angles are decent and visibility even under direct sunlight isn’t an issue. Overall, the Moto X4 display looks pleasant.
The Moto X4 is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 630 processor, an efficient successor to the much popular Snapdragon 626 and 625 mid-range SoCs. The upgraded chipset is built on the same 14nm process with some noticeable improvements, including a faster X12 LTE modem, more powerful Adreno 508 GPU, aptX codec, and Quick Charge 4.0. Moto X4 comes in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants with 32GB and 64GB of storage respectively. In synthetic benchmark tests, the device scores are similar to that of Moto G5 Plus with Snapdragon 625 chipset. In Antutu, the Moto X4 scored about 71000 points and 4100 in Geekbench 4 multi-core test.
Running on near Stock Android, the Moto X4 delivers a solid performance and 3D graphics tend to perform a notch higher. Though the SoC isn’t the most powerful on paper, the device performs smoothly and without any hiccups in everyday usage. During our review period, we didn’t notice any lags or stutters while launching apps, switching between apps, multitasking and navigating across the UI. In terms of gaming, even graphics demanding titles such as Need For Speed: No Limits and Asphalt 8 ran without any issues or visible frame drops.
The fingerprint sensor works very well in terms of speed and accuracy. The ability to use the sensor for navigation via certain gestures is a bonus. In terms of connectivity, the device supports 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB OTG and FM Radio. Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass and magnetometer. The 4G reception is good and voice call quality isn’t an issue.
The dual camera setup is a fad among smartphones these days and Moto X4 sails in the same boat but with a difference. The setup comprises a 12MP f/2.0 primary camera with PDAF and a secondary 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view. Unlike most dual camera phones, the secondary sensor isn’t a telephoto or monochrome one. Neither of the lens support OIS too. The wide-angle lens should help in taking great landscape shots and large group photos. Switching between the rear cameras is just a tap away with a dedicated button in the main camera UI.
The Moto X4 secondary lens further assists in taking Portrait shots with a depth effect. The results however with ‘Depth-enabled’ aka bokeh effect mode aren't promising. The blurring effect isn’t accurate as it tends to blur the edges of the subject along with the background, thus making them appear completely unnatural. One can adjust the blur intensity before or after taking the photo but that doesn’t helps either. Besides that, the camera is slow to focus and capture photos especially in low-light, plus it takes quite long to switch between the rear sensors. Speaking of wide-angle shots, though they capture more content but the image quality is relatively low and a bit of distortion can be noticed.
In terms of general picture quality, the shots taken in daylight and well lit indoors look fairly good with an adequate level of details and accurate colour reproduction. The camera however has the tendency to overexpose and Auto HDR mode turns quite sluggish in low-light. Low-light shots lack sharpness and posses slight noise but are usable nonetheless. As expected, photos taken with the wide-angle lens are generally of lower quality due to a smaller aperture and lower resolution.
4K video recording is supported at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p slo-mo videos at 120fps. In bright sunlight, the video output looks fairly good but shakiness is unavoidable due to lack of stabilization. The 16MP front camera is accompanied with a front LED flash to take better photos in the dark. In good lighting, selfies possess a decent amount of detail and pretty good colours.
Just like Moto Z2 Force, the Moto X4 houses a single front-facing loudspeaker, a bonus perhaps as users often won’t end up covering it while watching videos or playing games in landscape mode. The sound output is loud enough and the audio feels clean without any noticeable distortion. The bundled in-ear headset also sounds very good with reduced ambient noise. The multimedia experience on the standard 16:9 screen is certainly a good and acceptable affair.
The Moto X4 comes with a 3000mAh battery which is a standard offering on most Android phones. Thanks to the power-efficient CPU and well-optimized software, the battery life on this phone doesn’t disappoint. During our test, the phone usually managed to last through a day of heavy usage with some juice still left. Our usage involved routine tasks such as checking emails, accessing social media apps, clicking photos, web browsing, few voice calls, a bit of video streaming over YouTube and casual gameplay. In our HD video playback test, the X4 lasted for about 11.5 hours. Like most Moto phones, fast charging is supported and the supplied 15W TurboPower charger manages to charge the phone from 0 to 50 percent in about 30 minutes.
The Moto X4 ships with a near-stock version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a planned update to Oreo relatively soon. As usual, the software includes Moto suite of apps, customisation options and gestures. A little bloatware exists in the form of pre-installed Outlook and LinkedIn app which can’t be uninstalled. The user experience is similar to Google Pixel phones, thereby offering access to app drawer via a swipe-up. Swiping left on homescreen opens up Google Now whereas long-pressing on apps (compatible ones) shows quick access shortcuts. Moreover, Google Play Music and Google Photos remain the default app for music and photos. The international variant of Moto X4 ships with Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant while in India we get Google Assistant.
Moving to Moto’s enhancements - the Moto Key, Moto Actions, Moto Display, and Moto Voice. As already the case, Moto Display discretely shows the time, date, and notifications icons when you pick or shake the device. Moto Actions offers certain gestures such as double chop to turn on the flashlight, double twist to launch the camera, three-finger screenshot and one button nav. Enabling One button nav lets you use the fingerprint sensor to navigate across using certain gestures and gives more screen real-estate. With Moto Voice, you can use the phone hands-free to launch apps with certain "Show me" voice commands. The ‘Voice Security’ feature uses voice authentication to detect commands even when the phone is locked. Enabling ‘Talk to me’ will announce incoming calls and texts, you can enable this feature while driving or when a headset is connected.
Moto Key is a new addition that enables auto-logins on websites and also log in to Windows PC using fingerprint authentication on your phone. Its configuration, however, involves several steps which we won’t be covering here. A new 'Night Display' feature is now included under Moto Display that displays warmer colours and filters out blue light to provide users with a better sleep. Also, one can schedule the Night mode to automatically turn on for a particular time interval.
Summing up, the Moto X4 is by no means the best smartphone in its price segment and there is nothing really unique about it. Nevertheless, the phone boasts a premium and classy design, offers a clean software experience, efficient performance, good battery life and features waterproofing. That said, it’s hard to recommend the X4 in the first place because of its underwhelming camera performance which despite packing dual lenses isn’t reliable and is overall a hit or miss. Considering its price range, compromising on a capable camera isn’t wise in our opinion. Starting at Rs. 21,000, the Moto X4 didn’t meet our expectations but should be a considerable choice for buyers whose primary requirement isn’t the camera.
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