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7.5/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto X4 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 41 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • IP68 rating
  • Sharp, vibrant display
  • Great battery life

What's bad

  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • Wide-angle pictures distort around edges
  • Slow down and lag when multitasking

While flagship phones might get most of the media attention, it’s the mid-range phone market where competition is fiercest. Motorola has done well in the mid-range market in the past with the Moto G5 Plus and hopes to recreate this success with the Moto X4.

Does it succeed? Find out below!

If you’re not a fan of the Motorola design, then it’s likely you won’t find the X4 attractive. It features the same smooth curves on the top and bottom, somewhat large bezels, and large rear camera bump on the back.

It comes with a glass back and metal frame—though reviewers aren’t sure about the build quality. Many suggested a case as they felt the glass was too fragile. That glass/metal combo, however, also gives the phone its IP68 rating. The Moto X4 can survive a 30-minute dunk in a pool with no problems.

The 5.2-inch display impressed critics thanks to its vibrant, accurate color representation and good sunlight legibility. With that said, they noted blacks were not as dark as they’d prefer due to Motorola choosing an LCD panel over AMOLED. Still, most found it serviceable for the price.

While it isn’t powered by the newest or fastest CPU, including an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM made it snappy enough that critics had little room to complain. They didn’t run into any major performance issues during basic tasks.

Unfortunately, they experienced some slow down when attempting to multi-task. Apps also took a few seconds to launch. They also noticed significant slowdowns and dropped frames for gaming.

The 3,000mAh battery provided reviewers with a full day of fairly heavy usage. With more moderate use, they could extend battery life to two days. Like other Motorola phones, it also comes with Turbo Charge in case you need to top it off in a hurry.

The Moto X4 follows the dual-lens camera trend, with a 12MP telephoto and 8MP wide-angle lens. But more isn’t always better. While reviewers captured some good images, it highly depended on the lighting situation.

In good light, images were crisp, detailed with excellent dynamic range. However, they noticed a significant drop off in quality in low lighting. Complaints included grain, digital artifacts and motion blur.

While they appreciated the wide angle lens to capture more of a scene, there was significant corner distortion to where images looked like they were taken with a fisheye lens.

Reviewers have a difficult time recommending the Moto X4 over somewhat more expensive, and better, phones like the OnePlus 5.

Still, they add that it is one of the better phones at the price point. Digital Trends states, “The Moto X4 offers solid performance, a promising but frustrating camera, daylong battery life... in an attractive, water-resistant body... it’s a good option over most of the budget options below it.” Phone Arena adds, “... [the] phone won’t break any performance benchmark records, yet stands out with its... cool appearance, decent camera and water-resistant construction.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Inquirer

All-in-all, we'd have to say the Moto X4 is a worthy contender in the budget smartphone market. You get quite the bang for your buck when you consider how much the phone retails for SIM-free.

- Lee Bell, The Inquirer
Deccan Chronicle

It packs in enough power to perform daily tasks without an issue. With such abundance of memory, this phone is ideal for those who multitask a lot. There's nothing to complain about the battery life.

- Chandrakant Isi, Deccan Chronicle
3G.co.uk

The Moto X4 excels in a couple of areas and disappoints in a couple more, leaving it a solid handset but one that's only the best at its price for a very specific type of person.

- James Rogerson, 3G.co.uk
Techgoondu

If you have a strict budget to adhere to, the Moto X4 offers bang for buck. Being an Android One phone is also a big plus for the Moto X4, especially to users who want a clean Android interface that is updated regularly

- Wilson Wong, Techgoondu
Fone Arena

The phone has an eye-catching design with good build quality and is also water-resistant, but it is slipper to hold. It offers good performance; the camera is good and if offers a decent battery life.

- Srivatsan Sridhar, Fone Arena


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Screen Size
5.2"

The Motorola Moto X4's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 1158 minutes, 701 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto X4 Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.120 W/kg
Body: 1.160 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 617 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 701 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 701 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1158 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Super Black, Sterling Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.8 x 7.3 x 0.8 cm (5.8 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 163 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (8 MP 2nd camera, F2.2 aperture), Phase detection, Slow motion recording, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Panorama, F2.0 aperture, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto X (2017)

64 GB variant with 4 or 6 GB of ram also available.

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