Motorola is now back with its Z-series for and additional year. Its design, in fact, is largely borrowed from the very first Moto Z that was launched back in 2016. Rather than keeping the Moto Z4 as the brand’s flagship device, Motorola decided to launch the Moto Z4 as a midrange smartphone while the Z3 was really a refresh of the Moto Z2.
Back with the Moto Z3, Motorola used a previous generation flagship chipset – the Snapdragon 835 from the Z2. With the Z4, Motorola didn’t even go with a high-end chipset. instead, It decided to go with a mid-range Snapdragon 675 processor, which points to a midrange positioning of the device.
On paper, the Moto Z4 feels like it should just be the Moto Z4 Play, but as Motorola has done in the previous years, Moto didn’t release a “Play” variant of the Moto Z4, which they usually announce a few weeks before announcing the main Z-variant. Although the Moto Z4 has some updates in the current trends of the smartphone industry like the in-display fingerprint scanner and a high-resolution 48MP camera, there’s a significant change in the category of devices that Motorola aims to compete with.
Moto Z4 specs
- Body: 6000 series aluminum frame with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3; P2i splash-proof nano-coating
- Screen: 6.39″ OLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ (1080 x 2340 px) resolution; 403 ppi; protected by Gorilla Glass 3
- Main camera: 48MP f/1.7 aperture; 0.8 micron pixels; OIS ; Phase-detection autofocus; Dual-tone LED flash
- Front camera: 25MP notch camera, f/2.0; 0.9 micron pixels
- Video capture: 2160p @ 30fps; 1080p @ 30fps/60fps
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675; Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver) paired with Adreno 612 CPU
- Memory: 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage; expandable via microSD
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Moto Experiences
- Battery: 3,600 mAh lithium-ion battery; Moto Turbo Power 18W
- Connectivity: 5G-capable via Verizon 5G Moto Mod; LTE Cat. 13 up (150Mbps theoretical), Cat 15 down (600Mbps theoretical); Bluetooth 5.0; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, upward-facing loudspeaker
- Misc: Moto Mod interface; FM Radio; 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C 3.1 with OTG and HDMI out; in display fingerprint scanner
The Z4’s display is finally near-bezelless despite it having the same size as the original. There’s also a large 3,700 mAh battery here, which combined with the 6.39-inch OLED and power-efficient Snapdragon 675 should have a pretty impressive battery life scores.
Motorola hasn’t released a fully-spec’d out the smartphone for a couple of years now and it looks like this pattern will continue for a little longer. With rumors of a re-release of the foldable Moto RAZR phone, Motorola is slowly taking focus away from the Z series as the flagship it once was. Today, the Moto Z lineup is Motorola’s only 5G-supported lineup and the 5G Mod only works for Verizon in the United States.
Even so, with the Moto Z4, Motorola is still keeping the modular Moto Mod platform alive. The Z4 is identical in its footprint to the first Moto Z Droid so that all Moto Mods made up till date are still compatible with the Z4, albeit without the exact fitment.