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.