Moto X branding returns with Moto X4 according to fresh leaks

Over the weekend new leaks sprung regarding an upcoming Motorola smartphone that some had been referring to as the Moto X 2017, but now appears to be branded the Moto X4. The Moto X series of devices were the flagship level devices for Motorola at one time, but Motorola shifted that distinction to the Moto Z line last year. Since then fans have been waiting for Motorola to resurrect the Moto X line in some fashion.

The recent leak came courtesy a video captured at a private Motorola event where the company was going over their smartphone roadmap for the coming year. The first interesting piece of information for most was the change in naming convention as the year is being dropped and Motorola is adding the number 4 after the X to form Moto 4X for the name.

As far as the device itself, the audio from the video and information that appears on the slides reveals quite a bit of information about the specs for this new device. The Moto X4 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor, have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, landing it in the mid-tier market just below flagship level devices. The Moto X4 will also get a 5.2-inch screen, but only running at 1080p resolution. Powering all this will be a 3800 mAh battery, so the device should be able to run quite a while between charges. Some of the images also reveal Motorola is planning to give the device a dual lens camera.

Other features include 3D glass, a metal body, something called a “smart camera”, and Turbo Charging. The slides also indicate the Moto X4 will come with an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, which is better than Motorola’s usual level of protection. There is also a reference to something described as “AI integration” suggesting Motorola may be joining so many other manufacturers in providing their own “assistant” technology. The device will also come with Motorola’s typical always-on voice capability and 3x carrier aggregation.

The general design of the Moto X4 is consistent with recent devices and the cues the company has adopted. However, sources have noted that no pins are present on the back of the device, meaning it will not be able to take advantage of Moto Mods.

One piece of information that was missing from the presentation, or at least the part that leaked, is any information on a release date. Considering how far along things appear to be and the fact that Motorola is starting to reveal the device to private audiences, a public launch is probably not too far away.

sources: Android Police, Evan Blass (Twitter)


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.