Motorola has finally launched the X series smartphone Moto X in India. The smartphone was first announced in September this year at IFA Berlin. The device went through lots of hiccups before its launch. It was set to release on October 3, but due to mysterious reasons, the launch was cancelled, and then the company gave a new release date. The Moto X4 is a mid-range device and will continue the legacy of the Moto X series which was launched in 2013 and best known for its unique customisable design and clean software.
In terms of design, the smartphone is a good looking with the contoured back panel design and having a premium feel with a metal and glass body, something very rare in this price range. This is a huge upgrade from the previous X series smartphones which were made out of plastic or rubber. The front side is protected Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which houses the 5.2 inches full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) LTPS IPS display with 424 ppi pixel density and the fingerprint sensor. There are also capacitive buttons for back, home and multi-tasking. The smartphone will be available in Super Black and Sterling Blue colour variants. The smartphone comes with gestures like a 3-finger swipe for screenshots, a built-in password manager called Moto Key, one-button navigation, Moto Display, Moto Voice, allows the phone to stream music wirelessly to up to 4 Bluetooth headphones or speakers, pre-loaded Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa and IP68 dust and water resistance.
On the optics department, the rear has a dual camera setup containing a 12 MP primary main sensor and an 8 MP sensor which does the job of capturing wide-angle shots. The primary 12 MP camera contains dual-pixel autofocus, a f/2.0 lens, and 1.4 nm pixels while the 8 MP sensor has a f/2.2 lens and 1.12nm pixels and offers a 120-degree field of view. The cameras offer various modes and features like professional mode, depth detection and depth effects, bokeh shots, ultra-wide angle shot, selective black and white, background replacement, scan barcodes/QR codes/Business cards, spot colour, landmark/object recognition, , panorama mode, slow motion video, and best shot and recording 4K videos. Additionally, there are several other features of the camera like phase-detection feature, correlated colour temperature (CCT) dual LED flash and PDA. On the front, the device offers a 16 MP camera for selfies and video calling. It has a f/2.0 aperture, and 1-micron pixels, a LED flash and comes with features like professional mode, selfie panorama, face filters and beautification mode.
The Moto X4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz along with an Adreno 508 GPU. There are two memory variants: 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage. There is also an option for expandable memory upto 2 TB using the micro SD slot. The device runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and is backed by a 3000 mAh battery with fast charging support. Motorola claims it to runs all day and can charge upto 60% in just 15 minutes. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), GPS, GLONASS, NFC and FM radio. The smartphone also comes with an array of sensors like proximity sensor, magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and gyroscope.
The Moto X4 is priced at Rs 20,999 for the 3 GB variant and Rs 22,999 for the 4 GB variant which puts ups against the likes of Vivo V7, OPPO F5 and Honor 9i. It will be sold initially via Flipkart from 11.59 PM onwards and later available at Motorola’s offline MotoHub and other retail stores. A launch offer is also there on Flipkart with additional Rs. 2,500 discount on the exchange of your old smartphone and Rs 3,000 if it is a selected Moto smartphone, upto 10 % off with HDFC Bank credit and debit cards, a Buyback Guarantee of 50 % of the smartphone’s value, and EMI schemes.