Motorola has announced the Moto X4, the first new phone in its Moto range for two years.
Revealed at IFA 2017, the phone will be available in two colours: black and silver. The X4 sits below the Lenovo brand’s leading Z line of phones but remains competitive as a mid-range handset. To some, the X range of devices may have felt a little neglected, with the category not even appearing on the company’s website before launch.
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The X4 has a 5.2inch full HD screen, 3000 mAh battery, is water resistant (with an IP 68 rating), comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and has a Snapdragon 630 processor. The device still has a home button, which has tactile feedback when pressed.
Unlike other manufacturers, Motorola hasn’t gone out of its way to shove a new gimmicky feature into its device to set it apart from the competition. There’s no 3D object scanning, like in Sony’s new Xperia phones, and nothing similar to to the squeezability of the HTC U11.
The Moto X4 is comfortable in the hand, not too large or heavy and feels responsive when scrolling through menus and navigating apps. Both sides of the phone are covered with Gorilla glass, giving the back a reflective look and feel.
The camera is where the vast majority of phones are now battling out for supremacy. There’s a a dual camera on the back – one is 12MP and the other is a 8MP wide angle lens. On the front of the phone, there’s a larger 16MP camera. To ramp-up your selfies, Motorola has included a stitching mode to join images from the front-facing camera together. The firm has also included a landmark recognition feature, which is its closest offering to augmented reality within the device.
According to Motorola, when you open the camera and point it at a monument, it will detect where you are and open a Wikipedia page to provide more information. In addition to this, Motorola says the camera will automatically be able to detect bar codes and QR codes.
Unlike the Z range, the X4 isn’t compatible with the company’s modular add-ons. In 2016, Lenovo launched snap-on components – including a battery pack, projector and additional camera zoom – to add new features to its phones.
One interesting aside is that Lenovo has included Amazon’s Voice Assistant Alexa in the phone. This comes in addition to the Google Assistant, giving the user a choice between the two AIs.
The handset will be available from September and will cost €399. A UK price hasn’t been announced yet.