Breaking: Moto X4 to feature Amazon Alexa, a new Smarter camera, Moto Key and more

Moto X4

Motorola scrapped the Moto X line of phones a couple of years ago in favor of the Moto Z series. But, it seems like the company is finally bringing back the X series of phones with the long-rumored Moto X4.

So far, leaks have suggested that the smartphone will be launched during the on-going IFA 2017 event in Berlin. And ahead of its supposed launch, Motorola jumped the gun and accidentally published the announcement post on their blog.

We managed to obtain the press release of the Moto X4 while it was live, and according to it the smartphone will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 630 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz. It will feature a 3,000mAh battery and offer smooth Android experience.

Motorola seems to have focussed largely on the camera aspects of the Moto X4. The press release hints that the handset will come with smart camera features that among many other things, would allow you to learn more about the objects you see just by pointing the camera at them.

As rumored, the Moto X4 will get dual cameras on the back — 12MP+8MP along with dual-pixel autofocus. At the front, you get a 16MP camera which takes care of selfies. Apart from these you also get the following:

  • Blurred background effect
  • Selective Black and White/color effect
  • Adaptive low-light mode (for selfies)
  • Panoramic Selfie

The Moto X4 uses a glass and metal sandwiched design with Corning Gorilla Glass running on the back and front of the device. It also gets IP68 dust and water resistance which was rumored too.

Also, the Moto X4 is the first smartphone from the company to come with Amazon Alexa integration. Motorola has also included a truckload of software features that will enhance your experience with the smartphone. Some of them are as follows:

  • Wireless sound system: It let’s you connect up to four Bluetooth Audio devices at the same time
  • Quick Screenshot: This let’s you take a screenshot just by placing three fingers on the screen for a moment.
  • Moto Key: It allows you to access your favorite password-secured websites on your phone or laptop with a simple touch of your finger, while strong encryption ensures your data stays protected

On top of that, you also get Moto Experiences which we have already seen in previous Moto devices.

As per the press release, the Moto X4 price will set you back by €399 in Europe with the sales beginning sometime in September. The Moto X4 will arrive in other global markets including the US later this fall.

Moto X4 Promo video

Full press release (leaked)

 

Style In Sharp Focus With the New moto x4

moto x has always represented the best of what Android has to offer. The powerful combination of pure Android and Moto Experiences has been a mainstay of the moto x franchise, offering a uniquely intuitive user experience that consumers love. Building on this strong brand heritage, the new moto x is a smartphone crafted to perfection. With smarter software, the latest camera technology and beautiful design, moto x4 is a phone designed like no other.

moto x4: Bringing Style into Sharp Focus [LINK TO PRODUCT PAGE ON WEBSITE]

Creating A Smarter Camera 
moto x4 features a smarter camera that can do more than just capture photos. The new Landmark Detection1 feature lets the camera serve as your eye to the world – just point the lens at an object of interest and it will automatically ask if you want to learn more about what you’re seeing. It can even scan a business card and quickly add the info to your contacts. Or if you’re looking to spice up your selfies, try out the Face Filters feature2, which lets you add a layer of animations to your photos or videos.

Now offering twice the camera, you can capture and do more with the combined capabilities of dual 12MP and 8MP rear cameras and advanced camera software. Add a blurred background to take professional looking portraits and be among the first to experiment with new beta features that let you use selective black and white or color or even change the background. Dual Autofocus Pixel technology also means a faster focus in low light so you get professional quality pictures, and the wide angle lens lets you capture even more. Selfies take on new meaning with moto x4, which has a 16MP front camera with an adaptive low light mode3 for the selfie you meant to take, while the new Panoramic Selfie feature provides a broader background so no one is cut out of the photo from your next family outing.

Powerful Protection and Performance
moto x4 is armed with robust protection allowing you to tackle whatever your day may call for without worry. The IP68-rated water resistant design4 keeps moto x4 protected from accidental spills, splashes and even puddles, so whether you’re mountain biking in the rain or there’s an accidental beverage spill in your kitchen, you can say goodbye to water damage. And when paired with the 3D rear contoured design, an anodized aluminum frame and Corning® Gorilla® Glass protecting the front and back of the devices from scratches, moto x4 is as strong as it is beautiful.

Equipped with powerful performance capabilities, streaming is now more efficient than ever with moto x4, which is driven by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 630 2.2 GHz octa-core processor, giving you all the performance you need to watch videos and play games free from annoying stutters. Inside, a 3,000 mAh battery will power you through your day5, and the TurboPower™ charger gives you six hours of power in just 15 minutes6.

New and Intuitive Experiences 
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.7 Now, the benefits of Alexa go with you, even when you leave home. So if you need Alexa to read you your grocery list or help you with some tricky lyrics while you’re out of the house it’s possible with moto x4.

moto x has always incorporated the best software experiences to make your phone smarter and easier to use. So it’s no surprise moto x4 features all the Moto Experiences you love, plus new software features that make your phone even better to use. Why should you be limited to just one speaker? moto x4 is now the life of the party with wireless sound system, allowing you to share the sound by connecting up to four Bluetooth® audio devices at the same time8. Build your own stereo system without worrying about cables or listen to a playlist across two sets of earphones while running with a friend. With wireless sound system, sound is all around you.

And now with our Quick Screenshot feature, just place three fingers on the screen for a moment to capture a screenshot anytime. moto x4 is also equipped with Moto Key, which allows you to access your favorite password-secured websites on your phone or laptop with a simple touch of your finger, while strong encryption ensures your data stays protected9. So, with your moto x4, you can say goodbye to remembering all those passwords.

Availability and Pricing
The new Moto X will be available starting in September in various countries in Europe starting at €399. It will be available in other global markets, including the US later this fall.

Check with your local PR rep for more details.

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1 Landmark Detection feature included as part of an upgrade that must be accepted by user.
2 Face Filter Feature will be available via a Play Store update on September 26.
3 In low light mode, increasing the pixel size reduces resolution to 4 MP.
4 Liquid damage not covered under warranty. Water, splash and dust resistance were tested to IP68 standards under controlled laboratory conditions. Resistance will decrease as a result of normal wear. Not designed to work while submerged underwater. Do not expose to pressurized water, or liquids other than fresh water. Do not attempt to charge a wet phone.
5 All battery life claims are approximate and based on a standard mixed use profile. The mixed use profile is based on Motorola devices on major 4G LTE networks with excellent coverage and includes both usage and standby time. Out-of-box settings are applied to the mixed use profile to project battery performance. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.
6 Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. Charger sold separately in some markets
7 Amazon Alexa integration is available in markets where Amazon has Alexa, including the U.S., Germany and UK.
8 When phone is connected to 2.4GHz WiFi network, it will be limited to one Bluetooth® audio device.
9 Requires Bluetooth® 2.1 support on your computer with at least Windows 7 or later versions of the Windows operating system.
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MOTOROLA, Stylized M Logo, MOTO and the MOTO family of marks are trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies. Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Corning Gorilla Glass is a trademark of Corning Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2017 Motorola Mobility LLC. All rights reserved.
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