After plenty of leaks, Motorola has finally announced the resurrection of the Moto X, which should be a happy day for those who have fond memories of the last device in the series back in 2015. However, under Lenovo's stewardship things are a little bit different. Well, maybe a lot different. The Moto X4, announced here at IFA 2017 in Berlin, is a distinctly mid-range device and there's very little (if any) of the DNA that made the Moto X of old so special.
|OS||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Display||5.2-inch IPS LCD, 1920x1080 (424 ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 with 2.2 GHz Octa-core CPU and 650 MHz and Adreno 508 GPU|
|Memory||3GB or 4GB (region dependent)|
|Storage||32GB or 64GB (region dependent), expandable with microSD up to 2TB|
|Main rear camera||12MP, f/2.0, Dual Autofocus 2160p30, 1080p60 video|
|Second rear camera||8MP, f/2.2, 120-degree wide-angle lens|
|Front camera||16MP, f/2.0, selfie flash|
|Video recording||2160p 30fps, 1080p 60fps|
|Dimensions||148.35 x 73.4 x 7.99mm|
|NFC||Yes (all regions)|
|Other||USB-C, 15W Turbo Charging, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, front fingerprint sensor|
There are a few things to be optimistic about. The first is the price; it's confirmed as €399 in Europe, and while we don't yet have a figure for the US or the rest of the world we would hope that the dollar amount will be around same. It has a headphone jack, and that will please plenty of people. For a mid-range device, the other specs are fairly predictable. There's a 5.2" LCD display and 3 or 4GB of RAM with 32 or 64GB of storage, depending on the region.
Amazon Alexa is integrated with the Moto X4, as well as the Google Assistant, so you've got options for hands-free voice control. Surprisingly, the phone has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, which is on par with many of 2017's flagship Android devices. Moto has always been pretty good at running a fairly stock version of Android with a few useful software features. New for the Moto X4 is a 3 finger screenshot gesture, a password manager called Moto Key, and a new bluetooth feature that allows sound to be sent to up to 4 speakers or headphones at the same time.
The Moto X4 will be available first in Europe in September, and later this fall in other territories. There will be two color options, Sterling Blue and Super Black. Ryan has spent some time with the phone if you'd like to read his thoughts. You can see some of the photos he's taken below.