Motorola took advantage of IFA 2017 to resurrect its Moto X range. On the program: a mid-range smartphone with a neat design, powerful, with a double wide-angle photo sensor and above all a price under The bar of 400 euros.
The last time Motorola announced a (real) Moto X in France, it was in 2014. The device has not really remained in the memories, unlike its elder, considered a reference of the smartphone of Mid-range a few months earlier. For this Motorcycle X4, Motorola (since it is no longer necessary to talk about Lenovo Moto) seems to want to come back to this niche value for money.
Glass and metal for the first time at Motorola
The Moto X4 looks like a classic 5.2-inch (IPS panel) but with a neat design. Its shell is indeed made of glass – a first on a Motorola device -, its metal frame and it has a 2.5 D screen at the front. Its hull, precisely, is slightly curved to better hold in the hand. This is certainly not a revolution in design, but we must admit that it is rather effective and pretty. Motorola has pushed the vice until making his phone totally waterproof (IP 68). Only false note: the double photo sensor goes far beyond the back of the phone.
Under the hood is a technical sheet typical of a good mid-range smartphone. Motorola has integrated a Snapdragon 630, a chip with remarkable performance, 4 GB of RAM and especially 64 GB of internal memory. As for its battery, it displays a capacity of 3000 mAh. Nothing unusual in it.
A double photo sensor promising
The good surprise is the camera of this Moto X4. Motorola has integrated a dual photo sensor. The first sensor is a typical 12 MP sensor, while the second is a 8 MP wide angle sensor. The operation is identical to what is found on high-end smartphones from LG. By pressing the wide-angle button of the application, the 8 MP sensor takes over the 12 MP and displays a much wider field of view, 120 degrees very precisely. The advantages of such a dual sensor are not to be reconsidered, it is, in my opinion, one of the best use of the kind. It remains to see the final quality of the pictures taken with this second sensor and especially its ability to cope in low light. One word to finish on the front sensor, it is a sensor of 16 MP.
Classical, perfectly balanced and especially under the bar of 400 euros
Classic, this Moto X4 is undeniably. But he obviously has been given special attention by Motorola. Respectable technical details, neat design, fingerprint sensors, very practical photo module, it meets all the criteria of what one can expect from a good smartphone today. He also has another great asset: its price. Motorola intends to market it at the rate of 399 euros as of next September. It remains below the psychological barrier that has long since passed its main competitors (a OnePlus 5 or an Honor 9, for example) and the price cuts that it will inevitably subject to in the coming months should make him One of the references to less than 400 euros. A perfectly balanced product in short.