‘Regular’ Moto X4 US shipments will start next week, $150 Alexa Moto Mod launching in November

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Motorola is probably technically done with new smartphone releases for the year, but the upper mid-range Moto X4 unveiled all the way back in late August was still nowhere to be found stateside in a “regular” version supporting conventional wireless service providers.

That’s finally about to change, as pre-orders are set to begin later today on Amazon, and tomorrow, October 19, across retailers like Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, and the manufacturer’s own local e-store.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, and don’t mind the occasional “lockscreen offer” and ad, you can even get the unlocked Moto X4 at a nice discount. Namely, $70 off the 5.2-incher’s $400 list price.

At $330, it’s pretty hard to resist a premium-looking device with “contoured glass” and a robust metal frame, running near-stock Android 7.1 Nougat, soon to be upgraded to 8.0 Oreo, not to mention the X4’s respectable Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB RAM, “all-day” battery life, IP68 water resistance, and dual 12MP rear-facing camera arrangement.

You still need to wait until next week, October 26, for shipments to begin from all authorized US sellers, and another unique feature is pre-loaded Alexa assistance.

That’s especially important if you consider the long-awaited Alexa Moto Mod is officially slated today for a vague November launch at a whopping $150 MSRP.

Called the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, this snap-on Moto Z accessory inexplicably covers up your smartphone’s camera, trying hard to shine with a “convenient dockable design”, up to 15-hour built-in battery, a quartet of far field microphones, and 8W sound power.

But why pay $150 for this when the all-new Echo costs $100, a second-gen Echo Dot is $50, and a screen-sporting Echo Spot sets you back $130?

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Adrian Diaconescu

Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).