Motorola Moto X4 Review: Display, Connectivity, Battery Life

By 04:08 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


5.2-inch FullHD IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) could have been brighter

While the first and second generation of the Moto X had AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays, the X Style from 2015 switched to LCD, and with the X4 positioned lower in the lineup, the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) stuck. If you want AMOLED, you'd need to see at the slightly more expensive Z2 Play.

The Moto X4 features a 5.2-inch FullHD panel of 424ppi. It's a classic RGB arrangement, naturally.


Brightness isn't impressive at around 430nits - this is AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) ballpark, and better AMOLEDs can even go higher, while LCDs typically reach 550-600nits. We couldn't measure a boost in brightness with Auto engaged either. Well controlled black levels mean contrast is very good, though.

Display test

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Motorola Moto X4 0.297 431 1451

Motorola Moto Z2 Play 0 432 ∞

Xiaomi Mi A1 0.351 551 1570

OnePlus 5 0 435 ∞

OnePlus 5T 0 437 ∞

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 0 413 ∞

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) max auto 0 559 ∞

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 0 348 ∞

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Max Auto 0 482 ∞

Sony Xperia XA1 0.512 537 1049

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus 0.376 591 1572

Huawei P10 Lite 0.351 560 1595

HTC U11 Life 0.357 546 1529

Sunlight legibility is okay and is above average for an Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) in this class. Most AMOLEDs are superior in this respect, even the lower-discontinue ones.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X

    5.013

  • OnePlus 5T

    4.789

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    4.768

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    4.658

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play

    4.459

  • Oppo R11

    4.454

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    4.439

  • OnePlus 3

    4.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    4.376

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    4.247

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Nokia 8

    4.239

  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)

    4.234

  • OnePlus 3T

    4.232

  • Google Pixel XL

    4.164

  • ZTE Axon 7

    4.154

  • Samsung Galaxy Note8

    4.148

  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus

    4.147

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)

    4.096

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)

    4.023

  • LG V30

    4.022

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4.019

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

    3.998

  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite

    3.983

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3.964

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)

    3.957

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    3.956

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    3.935

  • Lenovo Moto Z

    3.931

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    3.918

  • OnePlus 5

    3.914

  • Samsung Galaxy C5

    3.911

  • Samsung Galaxy C7

    3.896

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    3.818

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    3.817

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

    3.812

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

    3.804

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.802

  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro

    3.798

  • LG V20 Max auto

    3.798

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3.795

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    3.789

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Microsoft Lumia 650

    3.772

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    3.767

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    3.765

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    3.756

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    3.729

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)

    3.725

  • Oppo F1 Plus

    3.709

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    3.694

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    3.688

  • Apple iPhone SE

    3.681

  • Huawei Mate 9

    3.68

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Meizu PRO 6

    3.659

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

    3.597

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3.588

  • LG G6

    3.556

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Motorola Moto Z Play

    3.526

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

    3.523

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.523

  • Acer Jade Primo

    3.521

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • nubia Z11

    3.466

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    3.456

  • HTC U Ultra

    3.453

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • LG V20

    3.402

  • Huawei P10

    3.379

  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

    3.378

  • Oppo R9s

    3.352

  • Honor 8 Pro

    3.341

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Lenovo P2

    3.316

  • Honor 9

    3.289

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    3.276

  • Nokia 5

    3.261

  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)

    3.244

  • Nokia 6 (Global version)

    3.238

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    3.234

  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2

    3.228

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Oppo F3 Plus

    3.218

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    3.206

  • Huawei P9

    3.195

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

    3.19

  • ZTE Nubia Z17

    3.159

  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    3.113

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    3.105

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • HTC U11

    3.089

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Motorola Moto X4

    3.012

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    3.012

  • Sony Xperia L1

    2.994

  • Sony Xperia X

    2.989

  • Huawei P10 Lite

    2.974

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • Huawei Mate 8

    2.949

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4

    2.92

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S

    2.913

  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra

    2.906

  • LG G5

    2.905

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime

    2.893

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    2.884

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    2.877

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)

    2.877

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Nokia 3

    2.871

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Lenovo Moto M

    2.813

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    2.803

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Meizu MX6

    2.751

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)

    2.742

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2.735

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)

    2.714

  • Meizu M5

    2.71

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Xiaomi Mi A1

    2.689

  • Huawei P9 Lite

    2.679

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    2.679

  • vivo V7+

    2.671

  • Vivo V3Max

    2.659

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix

    2.658

  • Oppo F5

    2.653

  • Doogee Mix

    2.642

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a

    2.635

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia XA

    2.609

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)

    2.582

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus

    2.582

  • Meizu M5s

    2.58

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • LeEco Le Max 2

    2.567

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL

    2.563

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2

    2.561

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • Lenovo Moto G4

    2.544

  • Lenovo K6 Note

    2.544

  • Oppo F1

    2.528

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c

    2.506

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Oppo F1s

    2.481

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    2.473

  • Huawei G8

    2.471

  • Huawei nova

    2.467

  • Lenovo Vibe K5

    2.459

  • Meizu m3 max

    2.447

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)

    2.417

  • HTC 10 evo

    2.407

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • Sony Xperia E5

    2.386

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC 10

    2.378

  • Oppo F3

    2.376

  • vivo V5 Plus

    2.371

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Huawei nova plus

    2.329

  • Razer Phone

    2.328

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    2.254

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    2.249

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Meizu M5 Note

    2.189

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)

    2.145

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Xiaomi Mi 4S

    2.095

  • Acer Liquid X2

    2.084

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • vivo V5

    2.059

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    1.996

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Meizu m3 note

    1.923

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

Color accuracy isn't something the Moto X4's display can brag about. In its default Vibrant mode we measured an average DeltaE of 6.7 when targeting the sRGB color space (7.1 against P3), while the more muted Standard mode led to a minor improvement - an average DeltaE of 5.3 measured against an sRGB target. In either mode whites are very obviously shifted towards blue.

Connectivity

The Snapdragon 630 that's the heart of the Moto X4 comes with an improved modem compared to the 625/626 models and supports 3-carrier aggregation and Cat. 12/Cat.13 LTE for speeds up to 600Mbps of download and 150Mbps of upload (though these numbers may vary by region and network). Single SIM and dual SIM versions exist, but again, not necessarily both will be available in all markets.

Another perk of the newer chip is Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) ac, the 62x models had a/b/g/n, but no ac. The Moto X4 supports NFC too and there's also an Frequency Modulation (FM) receiver as an added bonus. Positioning is done with the assist of GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellites.

For the time being, the phone supports Bluetooth 4.2, but come Oreo it will acquire a bump to Bluetooth 5 - the hardware is there, the support isn't. One of the coolest features of the X4 is the ability to stream audio to up to 4 devices, either individually or all of them together to form a stereo setup. Motorola calls it Wireless Sound System, engaging it will pautilize non-audio Bluetooth devices and it works best when you're connected to a 5Giga Hertz (GHz) Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network.

The Moto X4 uses the USB-C interface for charging and wired connectivity, but Motorola doesn't specify which version of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard it complies with - we reckon it's 2.0. There's also a 3.5mm jack for connecting your own headphones - or the bundled ones.

Motorola Moto X4 battery life

The Moto X4 is equipped with a 3,000mAh power pack. We'd call that number the grecent standard for a 5.2-inch midranger these days - the Galaxy A5 (2017), Huawei P10 Lite, and Nokia 7 all have the same capacity. The HTC U11 life is the odd one out with just 2,600mAh.

In our tests, the Moto X4 showed it's adequately powered, if you see beyond what's at first glance a meh endurance rating. 19+ hours of 3G calls is more than enough, while close to 12 hours of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) browsing is actually excellent. Upwards of 10 hours of video playback isn't too shabby either.

Why then the lowly endurance rating? The Moto X4 recorded rather high standby battery draw, which inevitably affected its final score. Oh, well.



Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you utilize the Motorola Moto X4 for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

The Moto X4 ships with a TurboPower charger in the box in some regions - our unit had one. It outputs up to 15W of power. The phone should, in principle, be compatible with Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4 standard.

We tested with the bundled charger and got just under 40% after a 30-minute charge from flat. We have a bunch of third party QC3.0 chargers, so we tested with one of them and got the same result.


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