Lenovo’s Moto X4 has perhaps been the most well priced Moto this year. It’s a compact phone that ushers in several firsts like the water resistant glass build, and brandishes dual rear cameras. At the same time, it’s X-series lineage ensures that the phone is held against the most rigid mid-range standards and has a lot of expectations riding on its back. We took the new Moto for a spin and have been testing it for a while. Let’s share our experience is a full review.
Key Specifications of Motorola Moto X4:
|Model||Motorola Moto X4|
|Display||5.2 inch Full HD LTPS IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection|
|Processor||2.2 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 14nm processor|
|Camera||12 + 8 MP rear and 16 MP front cameras|
|Dimensions and Weight||148.35 x 73.4 x 7.99 mm and 163 grams|
|Software||Android 7.1 Nougat OS|
|Price||20,999 INR/ 22,999 INR|
Design and Build
With a 5.2-inch display, the Moto X4 is a reasonably compact phone. You won’t see any 18:9 or full-view panel here but also entitles it to its own sort of conveniences, like the front fingerprint sensor.
The phone has Gorilla Glass on both front and rear, sandwiching an Aluminium frame in the middle. It’s also, perhaps, the only contemporary phone in its class that offers IP68 water and dust resistance. The choice of materials used in its construction lends it a pleasant heft (163 grams). The phone retains audio jack and also has a front-facing speaker (next to the ear-piece). The watch-dial finish in the dual camera ring also looks attractive.
The Moto X4 doesn’t follow modern bezel-less trends, but it still looks premium and feels very comfortable to hold in hands.
Motorola is using a good quality IPS LCD display (unlike an AMOLED screen on other Moto X devices) on the Moto X4. The full HD display is sharp, has wide viewing angles, and shows punchy colors. The screen feels very pleasant to use and even to consume multimedia content.
Performance and Software
The Moto X4 is equipped with Snapdragon 630 octa-core chipset (an enhanced version of Snapdragon 625) paired with 3GB and 4GB RAM and 32GB and 64GB internal storage depending on the variant you choose.
The 4GB RAM variant that we reviewed could flawlessly handle day-to-day usage. The high-end games that we tried ran without any issues as well. The phone isn’t incessantly fast but can deliver consistent performance.
In India, the Moto X4 isn’t part of the Android One project, but it’s running stock Android nevertheless and will also be upgraded to Android Oreo later. The interface is smooth and responsive and minor refinements like Moto gestures that Motorola adds help too.
The Moto X4 can also connect to 4 independent Bluetooth speakers simultaneously. The audio output is quite good and we didn’t face any issue with connectivity and calling in our area. We hope company also releases the Alexa support for the device soon.
Motorola has two cameras sensors on the rear and the second sensor comes with a wide-angle lens. You can switch between the two cameras from within the app at any time. The wide-angle shooter is apt for shooting landscape and you will see characteristic fish-eye lens distortion around the edges. For pretty much everything else, you will be using the regular one.
The images that we clicked were pretty decent. Details and dynamic range are very good in shots clicked outdoors. Indoors, the image quality suffers. Lenovo needs to work on the Depth mode as edges of the objects sometimes do get blurred. Overall, the image quality is workable but it isn’t impressive. We’d expected more at this price point but we believe that it can be improved via software updates in near future.
The selfie camera works well and gives you good quality images even in different light conditions.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 3000mAh battery on the Moto X4 can last for about one day of moderate usage. The battery backup is consistent and dependable, but you will have to rely on mid-day charging on heavy usage days. Using the Turbo Charger, you can charge the phone rapidly (about 50 percent in 35 minutes).
With a starting price of 20,999 INR, the Moto X4 offers brand value, water resistance, elegant design, and a good quality display. For anyone who loves stock Android, this is an option worth considering in the Rs. 20-25k price segment.