Moto X4 review — Hands on

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On the software front, the Moto X4 runs on Google's Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system out-of-the-box.

The phone will be announced today during an event at IFA.

The design language isn't too different from what we have seen in other Motorola phones released this year.

Motorola is initially launching the Moto X4 in European markets starting in September at a starting price of €399 ($475 USD) in two colors, Super Black and Sterling Blue. It's no more comfortable than Nintendo's Switch, but don't expect it to help Motorola compete with the Japanese giant. That's the case again as the X4 is the first Motorola phone to bake Amazon Alexa right into the device. There is TurboPower support which should provide 6 hours of power when charged for 15 minutes. There is a special 4MP adaptive low-light mode, which supposedly combines pixels to get more information but lowers the resolution. Now, this is not the flagship phone but a mid-range Motorola device. There's no US pricing at the moment. Impressively, its saturated color tones and wide-angle clarity calls for attention.

Lenovo-owned Motorola has launched yet another handset from its Moto G-series. The smartphone also features front-mounted fingerprint sensor (Beneath screen) and a new wireless audio streaming software powered by Tempow that lets you connect the Moto X4 to up to 4 Wireless/Bluetooth speakers simultaneously.

I could see this being useful for streaming to multiple rooms in a home, assuming the Bluetooth protocol can reach that far. The new X series fourth generation Moto phone aka Moto X4 seems to vary a lot from the old Moto X phones. The CPU has been upgraded to Qualcomm's newer, more efficient 630 model. You can access it even when the phone is locked.

Its glass and metal body is simple and attractive, though the chunky camera bump at the back is slightly annoying. It comes with Dual Autofocus Pixel technology and wide-angle lens.

Meanwhile, the Moto 360 Camera Moto mod is fantastic.

Battery With the new design and all, they were able to stuff the Moto X4 with a moderate 3,000 mAh battery cell. Expectations Is this really the Moto X4 we've been waiting for the last couple of years? 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. Like many smartphones these days, the Moto X4 sports an extra glossy back, thanks to a Gorilla Glass covered back, making it scratchproof but snot smudge-proof. However, you're paying for that difference with its price. Face Filters will be available via a Play Store update on September 26.

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