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IFA 2017: Moto Goes After Value Market With New X4

As the Moto brand gathers momentum in Australia, owners Lenovo has moved to crank up their offering to a new level with the Moto X4 which has a dual-rear camera with some smart features built-in.

A big new feature is Dual Autofocus Pixel technology that is designed to deliver faster focus in low-light conditions.

The Moto X4 has a 12MP Dual Autofocus Pixel sensor with f/2.0 and 1.4um sensor size, while the 8MP camera has an ultra-wide angle with 120-degree field of view sensor and f/2.2 aperture and 1.12um pixel size.

Motorola is also adding Amazon Alexa to the Moto X4 which according to sources could be available in Australia straight after Amazon launch their voice offering which is tipped to be November 2017.

Other features of the Moto X4 include the ability to connect to four Bluetooth audio devices at the same time.

Under the bonnet is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor that runs on Android Nougat 7.1.2. This processor has allowed Lenovo to keep the price to an estimated sub $599 in Australia.

The device comes with a 5.2” FHD (1080×1920) display, which is an LTPS IPS one with Corning Gorilla Glass on top and a pixel density of 424PPI. Lenovo claims that their new offering has an “unbreakable” display screen. The processor is clocked at 2.2 GHz and this is an octa-core CPU. The device will also support a 2TB microSD, the battery is 3000 mAh and the company is promising 6 hours of power in 15 minutes with the 15W TurboPower charger.
Motorola claim the Moto X4 isn’t just another dual-rear camera, and calls this a smarter one, which can recognize objects as well. For example, it can recognize a business cards and then add the information to a user’s contacts. The camera app also gets “Face Filters” like how apps like Snapchat, Instagram offer for users.
The rear camera combination offers the ‘Bokeh’ effect with the blurred background and object in sharp focus. There’s also a new beta feature, which will let users select black and white colour or change the background.

There’s also a new “Quick Screenshot” option where users place three fingers on the screen and capture a screenshot anytime. This is a single-SIM smartphone with the following sensors: Fingerprint Reader, Gravity, Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Magnetometer, Gyroscope and Sensor Hub. Moto X4 pricing and launch date for Australia is still to be confirmed.

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