The first three generations of Motorola's Moto Z Play lineup weren't as successful as the company's budget Moto G series but they did still perform relatively well. Because of this, the Chicago-based brand has developed a fourth model for release this year, under the name of Motorola Moto Z4
. But despite not being announced yet, the smartphone can already be purchased on Amazon (viaAndroid Authority
) and has actually begun shipping.
A decent Qualcomm processor and lots of storage
Corroborating previous leaks, the Motorola Moto Z4's Amazon listing points towards the presence of Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 675 on the inside, a chip that can currently be found inside the Samsung Galaxy A70
and one that should provide a decent performance boost over the Snapdragon 636 found inside last year's Moto Z3 Play
. Paired with the processor is a considerable 128GB of storage that can be expanded via microSD but just 4GB of RAM – rumors suggested 6GB of RAM would be present.
Like Motorola's other 2019 smartphones, the Moto Z4 ships with Android 9 Pie straight out of the box paired with the brand's minimal software overlay. There is also a 3,600mAh battery that supports 15W TurboPower fast charging thanks to the included brick and Moto Mods support. Interestingly, though, while previous Moto Mods do work with the Moto Z4, there appears to be a slight difference in size.
According to one Reddit user
who already purchased and received the smartphone, Moto Mods introduce a "sharp overlay" due to the shape of the Moto Z4's frame. This can be viewed in the video below.
Aside from the details mentioned above, compatibility with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint's 4G LTE networks is to be expected and, thanks to the dedicated 5G Moto Mod, the phone can also be used on 5G networks. As for water and dust resistance, there appears to be no official rating.
A big display and high-resolution cameras
Moving away from the internal side of things and over to the external details, the Moto Z4 arrives equipped with a large 6.4-inch OLED FullVision display that sports a 2340 x 1080p resolution and is paired with a small notch, a reduced chin, razor-thin side bezels, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. The listing doesn't specifically mention the variety of the latter, but considering the smartphone's mid-range positioning, an optical scanner seems extremely likely.
As per usual, the notch sits directly below the in-ear speaker and is home to the front-facing selfie snapper which sports a 25-megapixel resolution. Regarding the rear camera, this offers a 48-megapixel resolution but defaults to 12-megapixel images thanks to Quad Pixel technology, something that combines four pixels into one in the hope of creating a superior image. Motorola has previously used this sensor on the One Vision
which we reviewed earlier this month
and could use it on the upcoming One Action
and unnamed quadruple-camera phone
Motorola Moto Z4 price and release date
The Motorola Moto Z4 currently retails at $499.99 on Amazon, a pretty high price when you consider everything the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL
have to offer at their respective price points of $399 and $479. It's unclear at this point if it'll be made available to purchase through carriers in the US, but Motorola will presumably announce these details whenever it chooses to formally introduce the Moto Z4.
Motorola will probably deactivate the Amazon listings pretty soon, but as things stand the smartphone can be bought in two versions. One model is an Amazon exclusive that ships immediately and includes multiple pre-installed apps such as Alexa, while another bundles a Moto 360 Camera Mod for free, although this variant doesn't ship for another "1 to 2 months."
UPDATE: As expected, both Amazon listings have been deactivated and the Motorola Moto Z4 is no longer available to purchase.