Motorola taking on the IFA this year, has one of the best offerings of the entire event. While other manufacturers produced phones with powerful processors and flagship-grade specs, the Lenovo owned company offered something just as exciting for a little less than the usual affair, with the introduction of the new Moto X4 that carved a niche for itself right between a mid-range offering and a flagship phone. Here are its five next features.
Snapdragon 630 power
The phone will be using Qualcomm’s new mid-range performer for the Moto X4, which is a notch above the already stellar and efficient Snapdragon 625. The 630 is built on the more efficient 14nm process that aims to increase performance and battery life. The SoC also comes with the Adreno 508 GPU improved graphics for games as well. Coupled with either a 3GB + 32GB configuration or 4GB + 64GB configuration, the phone will definitely fly. And if storage is an issue, users will be able to expand via microSD all the way up to 2TB.
Motorola has fitted a dual camera setup on the rear, with the primary of them featuring a 12MP sensor with dual pixel focus and an aperture of f/2.0. the secondary lens on the module is an 8MP wide-angle lens that offers 120 degrees field of view. Its aperture comes in at f/2.2 and will serve to provide for more immersive shots for landscapes and similar wide image photos. For the front, Motorola has opted to go with a 16MP snapper with an f/2.0 aperture. Both cameras come with LED flash for brighter images. The optics are not just impressive but also smart. The camera will be able to identify popular landmarks that it can recognise and link to more information on the web for reference, adding more value to the shot. This is similar to Samsung’s Bixby platform and Google Goggles.
One of the more stand out features of the phone its assortment of connectivity, more so, the Bluetooth 5.0 module that can function on low energy and can save crucial battery life. This is also the first phone in the world that can connect to different Bluetooth devices at a time. This means users can use different Bluetooth speakers and stream on all of them for a richer surround sound experience. While most manufacturers have had to produce this kind of functionality info their soakers, Motorola is removing the guess work and using its software to co-ordinate between the different speakers. This is the best implementation of Bluetooth being used on a smartphone. All the other bells and whistles are also included like GPS with GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and 4G VoLTE. This phone is arguably the best equipped device in its segment.
Motorola has not cut corners on the outside as well. The Moto X4’s exterior is rich, offering a glass and metal build. But it’s not just for looks. The phone is also IP68 water resistant certified. All this encapsulates the 3,000mAh Turbo Power compatible battery and the 5.2-inch 1080p screen ever so seamlessly. At the asking price of well under $500, the phone looks more expensive and performs more expensively than it really is.
Alexa and Google Assistant on board
The phone comes with Android Nougat of the box so it will feature Google Assistant but Motorola have also baked in Alexa into the device for the first time in the company’s recent history. And users will not need to lift a finger to activate it as well as it is hands-free supported. The company has announced that Alexa will come to more devices later on as well. With two AI assistants, the Moto X4 should really be called a smarterphone instead of just a smartphone.