Moto, or as it is called Motonow, is a company with a long and illustrious span, and it is often stated that the trend of mobile communications was Moto’s contribution to the modern world. Moto has had its share of up’s and down’s but the fact remains that they’re still going strong today despite being taken over by different regimes. Moto was acquired by Lenovo from Google a few years back, and we long feared that it would result in Motobeing bloated and its simplicity being tarnished. However, despite everything Moto has largely remained the same and that is a good relief.
In today’s smartphone market, being different is a rather difficult task. Many try to do so but ultimately fail because in essence most of them don’t necessarily take in user feedback and translate that into the final device. It is one thing being a slab of plastic that has a bloated UI, largely made to resemble the iPhones and it’s another to have an innovative design and straying far off from such nonsensical trends. And that is precisely why everyone who has ever owned a Moto device has remained loyal to the brand ever since. Also,apart from Google’s own Nexus and Pixel line-up, Moto is probably the only company that is a fan favourite among the enthusiasts and that is an incredibly tough feat to achieve.
At the end of the day, a phone that returns its investment and that can continue to receive further updates even when the parent company has stopped support, is something that people who prefer functionality over form greatly desire in a device. With that said, Moto recently announced a brand new device called the Moto x4, which will allegedly launch at the end of this year and will be positioned to be mid-range device that will allegedly replace their previous Moto Z Play device. Let’s get into what you can expect from the phone.
Design and display:
Moto has a proprietary design for every phone that they release. It’s a nice design that not only boasts of a solid construction but also a very comfortable in hand feel. Moto is probably the only company that does a bit of research on how the phone will feel in your hand and as a result their devices boast of stellar ergonomics that nobody else can match.The Moto x4 has a nice metal construction all around the body but on the downside the almost mirror finish takes in a lot of smudges as a result you’ll have to clean it quite a lot. Also it has a fingerprint sensor integrated in the front rather than the back which is definitely a plus in my books as the location in the front is more convenient to use.
Display wise it has a 5.2inch full HD 1080p display with an IPS panel. It surely isn’t a big display but for most purposes it’s more than adequate. The display is sharp with a 424 DPI and the colours are good. Although the trend in the market is shifting towards bigger displays housed in smaller bezels, Moto really hasn’t gone down that road but has instead focused on making the form more usable which isn’t a bad thing in my books.
Moto’s aren’t really the speed monsters in the market. But with their system optimisations, you hardly ever feel like you’re running out of juice even with a lot apps open. The Moto X4 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 which launched alongside the Snapdragon 660. But oddly enough Moto didn’t feel like including the 660 which has Cyro cores instead of ARM and is significantly faster being Qualcomm’s in house design. Both of them are 8 Core CPU’s with a combination of four faster cores and four slower cores to aid power optimisation.
Included on the phone is 3 or 4 Gigs of RAM depending on the model, and it will be adequate for the most part. And shouldn’t pose any lag because of its software tweaks.
On the software front, Moto has included an almost vanilla version of the Android 7.1. on the device. The stock android experience is always a nice thing to behold as it is smooth and isn’t bloated with unnecessary gimmicks that come with most phones these days. Moto has always been renowned for the optimisation in the software. It’s almost as fluid as the stock android from Google but with added nifty tweaks and enhancements which translates into a better experience overall.
Camera and Storage:
What Moto does seem to have gone down the line with is with its camera setup. Like most new phones that boast of decent camera prowess, it’s a dual camera setup. With is in essence a 12+8MP camera setup with a CMOS sensor. The camera has a significant bump protruding from the back so it doesn’t lie flat when kept on a table. The camera is capable of recording 4k @ 30fps and has a plethora of shooting modes like HDR, PDAF and so on. The front facing camera is a 16MP shooter with an LED flash. Yes that’s right, a front LED flash. It’s not a common addition and should be implemented on most phones as it makes for brighter and properly exposed front facing photos.
Storage wise, it will have 32/64 GB models and it is further expandable up to 2TB. So storage definitely isn’t a concern.
Battery and connectivity:
The phone has a non-user replicable 3000mAh Li-Ion battery which should get the job done for most. The smaller screen coupled with the power efficient CPU should see you getting through the day on a single charge.
Connectivity wise, the Moto X4 4G, 3G and 2G connectivity, but it doesn’t support Indian 4G bands at the moment. Maybe there will be another release for other markets but for now, no 4G for India. Also the phone comes with Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, Bluetooth v5.0 and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support.
The Moto is a device that is positioned to crater to everyone. It is an all-round package that comes with a neat near stock android UI and impressive cameras. Overall it is a very good device with a good price tag. Moto X4 price in India is debuted to be around Rs24990 which puts it at a slightly higher price point than some tough contenders like the Mi A1, which offer similar specs and a lower price. But the Moto has its own distinguishing factor which would appeal to many also not to forget the famous third party developer support.