One of the smartphones we’re really looking forward to from Motorola this year isn’t a refresh to the Moto Z, but rather the return of the Moto X lineup in the Moto X4. With specs and rumors flying around, Evan Blass has taken to Twitter to share the first good look at the upcoming device.

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The latest addition to the Moto X lineup, the Moto X4, is expected to be a return to the Motorola that once got us excited, at least to an extent. Whereas the Moto Z line focuses on premium specs, a thin design, and Moto Mods, the X4 is seemingly going to bring us a solid overall experience with capable specs, good battery life, and features that everyone can appreciate.

As for the look of the phone, it’s certainly a departure from the customizable X devices of years past. Rather, the Moto X4 offers a glass back that is very reminiscent of the HTC U11. The glass both on the front and back tapers off to the side meeting in the middle with a shiny metal frame.

The front of the phone is pretty typical Motorola with a front-facing camera and flash, earpiece/speaker, and a Moto G5-esque fingerprint sensor. The one big difference here is that the display is more edge-to-edge, ditching a lot of the bezel seen on other Moto phones. The rear camera is another point of interest, this time packing dual cameras with a single LED flash underneath (and yes, it looks a lot like a face).

Motorola is expected to put the X4 up for sale sometime during Q4, possibly partnering with Google to offer the device on Project Fi as a “mid-tier” option to supplement the Google Pixel line. As for specs, the most recent leaks point to a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 3,000 mAh battery, and IP68 water/dust resistance.


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