These days, the Moto X4 feels more like a particularly vivid fever dream than a real device that's coming out soon, thanks to the numerous rumored launch dates that have come and gone, with no device in sight. First there were murmurs of a June 30 release, but then that was allegedly pushed back to August 24. Later, we heard that the device will be hitting the store shelves in Q4 2017. But now we've got another possible launch date, and also one that is mere days from now.
Motorola Philippines will be hosting a particularly curious event on September 2 — at first glance, it appears to be your everyday local celebrity promotion (starring actor couple Nadine Lustre and James Reid, collectively referred to as "Jadine"), but a poster released on the company's Facebook page reveals it might actually have a little more substance than that:
Do note the text on the bottom saying "hellomoto X." Seeing as the local Moto branch does not offer any of the years-old Moto X models, it's only natural for us to jump to the conclusion that this event will be dedicated to the new X4 instead.
On the other hand, we've been burned by posters for local Moto events a number of times, including the one where the company put the unannounced Z2 Force in a poster for an event which never featured the device.
So another possible scenario is that the device will actually be unveiled at Lenovo's IFA event, and the Jadine stream will only be used to introduce Filipino Moto fans to the device, though this is pure speculation on our part. And we really can't say for sure, given how erratic Moto's device unveilings are — the Moto 360 mod, for example, made its debut in Ghana.
As for the device itself, don't expect flagship specs like its predecessors had, as the X series has now been delegated to an upper mid-range status instead. Rumors say it will be equipped with a Snapdragon 660 SoC, 3/4 GB of RAM, 32/64 GB storage, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a dual rear camera with a regular 12MP sensor and an 8MP wide angle one.