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Motorola Moto Z4: take a look at this $499 smartphone with Snapdragon 675, 48MP-25MP camera setup and 5G upgrade support

Motorola Moto Z4: take a look at this $499 smartphone with Snapdragon 675, 48MP-25MP camera setup and 5G upgrade support

Fancy an upgrade to the latest 5G technology once it becomes available? Then Motorola Moto Z4 is a smartphone that you can consider getting.

We did have the previous Z3 which was released almost a year ago, so let’s do a quick throwback at it:

  • 6.01-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
  • Fullview Display
  • Front/rear glass (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminium frame (6000 series)
  • Splash and dust resistant
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP with f/2.0, 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF and 12MP primary camera with B/W, PDAF & laser AF, Dual-LED dual-tone flash and panorama
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 24mm and 1.12µm
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 512GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.1, planned upgrade to Android Pie 9.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Moto Mods, upgrade to 5G network
  • August 2018 release date
  • USD 480 price tag

Back then, the Moto Z3 was indeed a beast of a smartphone with its large 6.01-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen with Fullview display technology, amazing look and feel, great dual 12MP+12MP primary camera setup, planned update to the upcoming Android Pie 9.0 and the Moto Mod that lets it connects to the 5G network in the future.

Now then, let’s turn our attention to the Moto Z4 and see how far we have come since a year ago.

  • 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio or ~403 ppi density
  • Fullview Display
  • Front/back glass, aluminium frame
  • Splash and dust resistant
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm) chipset, Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver) processor, Adreno 612 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 48MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama and HDR
  • 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 0.9µm and HDR
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 1TB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Moto Mods, upgrade to 5G network
  • Expected June 2019 release
  • USD 499 price tag

So yes, it is nothing new with the ability to upgrade to 5G. We can see it with the previous Moto Z3 already.

But with the Moto Z4, it gets a good upgrade in terms of its size. We will now see it sporting a large 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with an aluminium frame and glass on its front and back. In terms of protection, we have it on splash and dust resistant with Gorilla Glass 3 on top of all that.

But it seems like the hardware is not top tier stuff. Instead, the Snapdragon 675 chipset will now be on the Moto Z4, together with the Kryo octa-core processor, excellent graphics and with a 4GB RAM combination. This is quite a surprise really, even though tests have revealed that the Snapdragon 675 chipset might be as fast as the previous Snapdragon 835. We may have to wait for actual environment results, rather than some benchmarking numbers.

Even on the camera department, there was a surprise, as we can see the Moto Z4 ditching its dual primary camera setup. We now have a 48MP primary camera on it, which might still prove to be a better choice. But there’s no denying the fact that the 25MP selfie camera will sure to excite, more so for selfie lovers out there.

Finally, the Moto Z4 will is powered by a 3600 mAh battery which ensures more than enough juice for it to last for a full day of charge.

Conclusion:

Motorola Moto Z4 is a real mixed bag, that we can see some advancements on it – as well as some drawbacks to the previous Moto Z3. With it scheduled to be released very shortly, we can only hope that it is a solid upgrade, rather than a stagnant one from what we see on paper.

Motorola Moto Z4 is expected to be released in the next week or so for a USD 499 price tag. Flash Grey, Frost White are the two colours that will be available.

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