As has been rumored for some time now, Motorola decided to bring the Moto X back, and in somewhat of a big way. The fourth generation Moto X, known officially as the Moto X4, wields dual cameras on its backside, which was also tipped in previous rumors. It has a premium design that at a glance could pass as a flagship phone, and support for Amazon's Alexa AI assistant.
"Hands tied up? At your busiest moments, Moto x4 has your back. Experience Amazon Alexa integrated right into moto X4—without having to unlock it first. Now, the benefits of Alexa go with you, even when you leave home. So if you need Alexa to read your grocery list or help you with some tricky lyrics while you’re out of the house it’s possible with Moto x4," Motorola explain in a blog post.
This mid-range handset is made of precision-crafted anodized aluminum and glass, with a contoured backside. It is ready to go on adventures with an IP68-rated water resistant design to protect the phone from accidental spills, splashes, puddles, or simply being caught out in the rain during a run or bike ride. And to protect the handset's 5.2-inch 1080p display from nicks and scratches, Motorola employed Corning's Gorilla Glass 4.
Sitting inside the Moto X4 is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 system-on-chip (SoC) with an Adreno 508 GPU, an appropriate choice given the phone's mid-range ambitions and price point. As for memory and storage, buyers can choose between 3GB of RAM paired with 32GB of internal storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Both models sport a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery with support for Motorola's TurboPower charging technology, which yields up to 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes.
There is a fingerprint sensor beneath the display. The front of the phone is also home to a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, which Motorola says is great for taking selfies in low-light situations. To that end, it features an Adaptive Low Light mode. It can also shoot 4K resolution video at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at 60 fps.
Around back are two cameras, including a 12-megapixel main shooter with dual autofocus and f/2.0 aperture, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 120-degree field of view. The dual camera setup is supplemented with a dual-LED flash, phase detection autofocus, and DOF effects.
The Moto X4 will be available starting in September in Europe starting at €399, followed by other global markets (including the United States) later this fall.