The Motorola Moto X4 was officially announced today at IFA 2017. And if the "big" status among mid-range smartphones that Motorola eventually lost momentum with the Moto G5 launched earlier this year, maybe the Moto X4 is the device with everything to bring the Lenovo-led company back to the top.
And to know if there is a superiority of this new terminal, let's now compare it to another good competitor. I speak, of course, of the Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL), another of the mid-range kings that was released a few weeks ago and is still quite cool.
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The analysis will go through evaluating several points. Between design, construction, interface, specifications and camera, we will evaluate the pros and cons of both, trying to give our reader a good insight into which smartphone ultimately excels.
Design and Construction
Between one and the other, the differences are not many at this point. Both Asus and Motorola have bet on the usual glass and metal "sandwich" for very attractive and solid buildings, eye-catching consumers looking for a smartphone in this range.
The dimensions of the terminals will eventually vary depending on the size of their displays (5.2 inches on Moto X4; 5.5 inches on ZenFone 4). Here is the criterion for having a personal opinion, where sacrificing a little screen size for better one-handed comfort will always be the option. Thus, Moto X4 takes the advantage, in this light.
And when it comes to the overall look of both, I give in to Motorola once again. Given the poor start in 2017, with negative reactions to the look of the Moto G5, the company eventually redeems itself with the X4, which while clearly inspired by Motorola's current lineup, takes a step in the right direction. This does not mean that Asus' design will not be appealing either, but this is more of an evolution of design than its predecessor, not surprising as much.
Bringing a smaller screen, the Moto X4 turns out to be smaller than its rival. While the X4 has a 5.2 inch screen, the ZenFone 4 has a larger 5.5 inch screen. Being both Full HD, the advantage here goes to the Asus terminal, much for its AMOLED screen, which turns out to be the tiebreaker when it comes to the screen.
Both Motorola Moto X4 and Asus ZenFone 4 hit the market with a price of € 399.
In terms of performance, it is expected to find similar performance between both terminals. After all, it's the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor, accompanied by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, on both devices (Moto X4 has a more affordable option of 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory).
Both carry a fingerprint reader on the front, just below the above screens, and the Asus reader comes flanked by two capacitive buttons. Type C USB port is order between the two terminals, and 3000 and 3300 batteries end up equipping the Moto X4 and Asus ZenFone 4 (respectively). Finally, Motorola benefits from Bluetooth 5.0, an advantage over the Taiwanese branded device with version 4.2.
The double photographic sensors
Being a trend this civil year, dual cameras end up appearing naturally on both devices. And once again, the similarities appear. As if they were twins, both carry "on the back" a combo of two 12MP + 8MP sensors, with dual-LED flash and autofocus.
And if there is a tie in the rear cameras, the same cannot be said for the front camera. When it comes to selfies, Motorola takes the issue very seriously. In front of your new device we have a 16MP sensor with dedicated LED flash. It turns out to be a clear victory over Asus, which comes with an 8MP sensor without flash.
The Android Experience
When it comes to the interface, opinions can easily split up. While on the one hand we have Motorola with its well-known philosophy of staying true to the pure Android base experience, with just a few slight enhancements, Asus continues to focus heavily on Zen UI.
Faced with a self-confessed fan of Motorola's ideology, the Moto X4 will always win the point here against Asus. Although well thought out and with interesting features, Zen UI turns out not to be enough to justify its presence in detention of a software as clean and capable as Android Nougat.
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But here does not end the advantage of Motorola, because its new terminal ends up bringing a more updated version of the operating system. This is because Moto X4 loads Android 7.1, while in ZenFone 4 we find only version 7.0.
And concluding …
These two competitors promise to delight those looking for a good priced smartphone with good specs. Both are very capable, have a well-managed power processor, both front fingerprint readers and similar dual-camera systems. With a price of € 399 in both cases, it could not be a harder case.
But the truth is that Moto X4 ends up snatching the victory, in my opinion. Second to the Asus ZenFone 4 only for the smaller, lower-quality screen and battery, the X4 ultimately excels at some key points for a more eye-catching look, a considerably better front-facing camera and much more appealing software. and user friend (ultimately benefits performance).
However, I leave the question to our readers: what is the best mid-range smartphone between these two rivals? Leave your comments in the comments and continue to follow EBox for more news.
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