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Motorola just announced the Moto X4, and it’s unlike any Moto X before it

Published Aug 31st, 2017 2:30PM EDT
Moto X4 Release Date
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In a sea of rectangles with round edges, the Moto X lineup has been a breath of fresh air for smartphone fans looking to separate themselves from the pack. Motorola’s X lineup has always been about customization, allowing users to choose from a variety of different color combinations and even exotic materials like different leathers and woods. In 2017, the Moto X lineup finally gets the big refresh many Android fans have been waiting for.

The new Moto X4 model indeed updates the Moto X design identity to better align with newer Motorola phones like the Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play, but Motorola made an interesting decision about the Moto X line when developing the new Moto X4. The ability to customize your phone to your tastes — the spotlight feature of earlier Moto X phones — has been abandoned entirely.

Rather than offer a vast array of customization features, Motorola chose instead to shift its focus to another key area: the phone’s camera. The Moto X4 features a new dual-lens rear camera that adds a range of features that have never been seen before on a Motorola phone.

How much tech did Motorola pack into the new Moto X4’s camera? Here’s the rear camera blurb from the phone’s specs sheet:

12MP Dual Autofocus Pixel sensor (f2.0, 1.4um), 8MP ultra-wide angle with 120° field of view sensor (f2.2, 1.12um), Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash, Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF), Ultra-wide angle shot, Professional mode, Depth detection and depth effects, Selective Focus, Selective Black & White (beta), Background Replacement (beta), Spot Color, Landmark/Object Recognition, Scan barcodes/QR codes/Business cards, Panorama, Slo-motion video, Best shot

In addition to the “bokeh” background blurring effect we’ve seen on dual-camera phones from Apple and Samsung, the Moto X4 adds things like selective focus, selective background replacement, and more. Other cool camera features unrelated to the dual-lens setup include Landmark detection, which will ask you if you want to learn more about landmarks when they’re detected in frame, and Face Filters, which adds native Snapchat-like animations to photos or videos.

Also of note, the Moto X4 will be one of the few mid-range phones that offers the same enhanced dual-lens camera features typically reserved for high-end phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note 8.

Beyond the camera, the Moto X4 is a well-spec’d mid-range handset, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2 GHz octa-core processor, a 5.2-inch FHD display, 3GB-4GB of RAM depending on region, 32GB or 64GB of storage, microSDXC support, IP68 dust- and water-resistance, and a 3,000 mAh battery with Motorola’s TurboPower fast-charging tech.

Now, for the bad news. The new Moto X4 will be released in September in Europe, where it will sell for €399 unlocked… but there’s no news on when the phone will launch in the United States. While we wait, you’ll find the Moto X4 specs listed out below.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.