Motorola Moto X4 Full Review


Behold! Motorola Moto X4. It is a spectacular phone with outstanding features. Furthermore, its price is conveniently affordable. Under Lenovo’s leadership, the company focused more on the modular Moto Z series, as well as the Moto E and Moto G budget smartphones. After all the ups and downs, the Moto X is finally back — and it’s certainly worth a look if you don’t want to shell out EURO 400 or more for a smartphone.

Noteworthy Key Features
NETWORK is GSM / HSPA / LTE. Launching was announced in August, 2017. And it was released in October, 2017.
Dimensions 148.4 x 73.4 x 8 mm (5.84 x 2.89 x 0.31 in)
Weight 163 g (5.75 oz.)
Front/back glass, aluminum frame
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.2 inches, 74.5 cm2 (~68.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~424 ppi density)
Multi-touch Yes
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Android 7.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo); Android One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU – Adreno 508
Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Dual: 12 MP (f/2.0, 1.4 µm, PDAF, dual pixel) + 8 MP (f/2.2, 1.12 µm, no AF), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash, check quality
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto-HDR
Video – 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, check quality
16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p, LED flash
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX (5.0 after SW update)
FM radio, RDS, recording
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Fast battery charging (15W)
MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
MP4/H.264 player
Photo/video editor
Document viewer
Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Colors – Super Black, Sterling Blue
Price – 400 EUR
Performance Basemark OS II: 1743 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1532
Basemark X: 14479
Endurance rating 64h

Motorola Moto X4 is water resistant!
The Moto X4 will survive underwater up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes; that’s seriously impressive for the price which is only USD $409.00. The Moto X4 is on hand as an Android One gadget in the US only. However, the rest of the world gets the habitual mark. But, in any case, if you want the quickest OS updates above-board from Google, and you’re not in the US as well, then Xiaomi Mi A1 is your option. However, its other famous competitors are Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), HTC U11 Life, and Nokia 7.
The X4’s 5.2in screen is Full HD, which means a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The screen is bright, colorful and crisp. It’s doesn’t live up to the standards of flagships from the likes of Samsung and LG, and its bezels prevent it from being as immersive as an edge-to-edge would, but for the price it’s very good.
In fact, the colors are so bold in vivid mode that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was an OLED panel. In fact, it’s a top-tier LCD screen with great viewing angles.

Moto X4 design and build quality

The Moto X4 is a truly sleek smartphone, and it’s obvious at first sight. The housing on the front and rear consists of curved glass surfaces that are held together by an aluminum bezel that feels stable. Depending on the lighting, the rear shines in assorted color shades, which we liked a lot when trying out the Moto X4 for the first time. Of course, the material is prone to fingerprints, but they can be quickly wiped off. The dual camera on the rear slightly protrudes one-and-a-half millimeters from the roughly 8-millimeter thick housing, but it’s not bothersome in practical use.
Since the Moto X4 is not part of the Z-Series, it doesn’t work with Moto Mods either. On the one hand, it’s a shame; on the other hand, it lets Motorola build the smartphone with a relatively compact design; the Moto X4 weights 163 grams.

Moto X4 audio

Among the Moto X4’s specialties are its wireless sound system, which is equipped with Bluetooth along with technology from the company TempoW. The TempoW Audio Profile (TAP) lets you connect multiple Bluetooth devices at once, allowing you to optionally play music on all or some of them. Your smartphone is used to control which loudspeaker or headphones should be active. Using special technology, TempoW has prevented differing latencies and ensured that the sound is precisely synchronized across all connected devices. As a result, you can set up a de-facto multi-room system with your smartphone as the main control center, and at a relatively lower price at that.
Processor, memory and storage
Inside the X4 is arguably its biggest weakness: Qualcomm’s mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 630, paired with 3GB RAM.

In itself, that’s a fine combo for a mid-range phone. In the real world, with real use, the phone is suitably speedy, launching and running apps without a problem and allowing us to switch between them without delay.
The worry is that although adequate for now, you’ll probably hanker after the Honor 9’s extra performance in a year or two’s time when the X4 could well feel slower than it does when you get it out of the box.

One of the Moto X4’s key features is its dual camera. Like the LG G6 and Asus ZenFone 4 it has standard and wide-angle lenses rather than telephoto.
And like the ZenFone, it has 12Mp and 8Mp sensors respectively, so your wide-angle shots aren’t going to have as much detail as photos from the main camera.
However, unlike the Asus and LG, the X4 supports depth effect so you can get nice blurry backgrounds for your portrait photos. And there’s a handy slider at the bottom so you can adjust how much blur you want.

Dual Autofocus Pixel technology means focusing is quick, and auto HDR is enabled by default. There’s a very slight delay after taking some photos for processing, but in most situations, there’s no perceptible lag.

In good light, the main 12Mp camera takes great photos which look nice and sharp. They’re a tad over sharpened. Colors aren’t always the best: they tend to be a little dark and drab but this is all easily sorted in Snapseed or your favorite Android photo editor.
Around the front is a 16Mp front-facing camera for selfies which offers an adaptive low light mode as well as a Panoramic Selfie feature to capture bigger groups or the environment behind you.

In terms of video, it can shoot 4K up to 30fps, and 1080p at 60fps. Unfortunately, like even certain flagship phone (such as the Mate 10 Pro) stabilization is only possible at 1080p30 or lower. That’s frustrating as the stabilization is pretty good.
But as it’s done in software, it seems there’s not enough processing grunt to work at higher frame rates or resolutions.

In Motorola Moto 4X, the camera app also includes a 3D Detector, which scans an object in front of the camera, attempts to identify it and then give you relevant information. You’ll also find an AR feature for both the rear camera and selfies. It allows you to add animations to photos and videos, like Snapchat, but this isn’t going to appeal to everyone.

The 3000mAh battery is a non-removable and Motorola says it’s capable of providing power “all day.” It charges via USB-C and supports TurboPower fast charging with the bundled adapter, which means six hours of power is achievable with just 15 minutes of charging time.
And it certainly does last all day, even with pretty heavy use. Obviously, if you play games for hours on end you’ll need that charger before the day is out, but with mixed use you can usually make it through to the following morning.


We are pleased to see that Motorola has revived the Moto X. For the most part, I like the new glass design and the specs and features are good for Rs. 50,000 prices- it looks like a more expensive phone.
Waterproofing and the dual-lens camera sets this apart from rivals, and I like the 5.2in screen size for comfort and practicality. It’s slower than the Honor 9, and has half the storage as standard, but if you’d prefer the water-resistance over the extra speed, the Moto X4 is a great choice for anyone that can’t afford the hefty price tags of the current flagships.

Furthermore, if you had to choose between Samsung S8 or Motorola moto X4, and don’t want spend your whole allowance on a phone then you should definitely buy Moto X4!
Considering the Moto X4 is all glass, I recommend a case to protect it from drops. It’s water-resistant, so it can handle drops in the pool or splashes as explained earlier.

  • ophir6

    Really? Not one mention of the Moto X voice recognition features? Besides the completely customizable versions from previous generations using Moto Maker, the Moto X line is otherwise best known for always listening low-powered microphones with customizable launch phrases and voice replies to text messages while driving. This version tries something a little different with the “Show Me” application launching voice shortcut, and Amazon’s Alexa built in always-listening feature, but voice features are still one of the selling points. I’m just surprised a “full review” would leave these details out.