Difference between Moto X and Nexus 4

Key difference: In May 2013, Motorola - a Google Company announced the launch of its flagship phone, the Moto X. The phone was officially available on August 23, 2013. The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics.

The Personal Communication Sector (PCS), essentially Motorola's cellular phone division, was acquired by Google on August 15, 2011. It was previously called Motorola Mobility LLC, however it is now known as Motorola - a Google Company.

In May 2013, Motorola - a Google Company announced the launch of its flagship phone, the Moto X. The phone was officially available on August 23, 2013. Motorola marketed the phone as the first Motorola smartphone to be created and assembled in the United States. Additionally, the phone is highly modifiable. While, the front panel of the phone is available in black or white, the back panel is customization in up to 18 colors. However, this option is only available in the United States and exclusively to AT&T customers. The option may be expanded to other customers after November 2013, but that remains to be seen. Currently, other customers only have the option of woven black and woven white.

In terms of hardware, the phone features a 4.7 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Moto X is powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which consists of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro System-on-chip, a single-core Natural Language Processor and a single-core Contextual Awareness Processor. The Snapdragon SoC itself consists of a dual-core Krait 300 CPU at 1.7Ghz and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU at 400 MHz.

Moreover, the device has been touted as having Contextual awareness, which includes features such as saying "OK Google Now" to activate Google Now hands-free; activating the camera with flicks of one's wrist, known as 'quick capture'; the clock is displayed automatically when the phone is picked up or taken out of the pocket; the screen regularly turns on for few seconds and shows the time and recent notifications; notifications appear when a finger is placed on the screen and removing the finger returns the phone to the lock screen.

Previously, Google only had its Nexus phone series, where each phone was released in collaboration with another OEM manufacture. The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics.

The phone features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The phone also features a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure. I.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

Comparison between Moto X and Nexus 4:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Motorola website, the Google Nexus website and GSMArena.com.


Moto X

Nexus 4

Launch Date

August 23, 2013

November 13, 2012


Motorola Mobility, a Google company

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by LG Electronics.


129.3 mm (5.09 in) x 65.3 mm (2.57 in) x 10.4 mm (0.41 in)

133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)


4.7 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors


720 x 1280 pixels, 16M colors (~312 ppi pixel density)

768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)


Corning Gorilla Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 2


130 g (4.59 oz)

139g (4.90 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

LTE 700 MHz Class 13

LTE 1900



Android Jelly Bean UI

Pure Android

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait


Adreno 320

Adreno 320


Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon

Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon


2 GB


SIM Size



Internal Memory

16/32 GB

8/16 GB storage

Expandable Memory




Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


GPRS, EDGE,, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0

  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • 3G
  • HSPA+ 42
  • Wireless charging
  • SlimPort





HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL / EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP


microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

Primary Camera

10 MP, autofocus, LED flash

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP,1080p

1.3 MP


[email protected], stereo sound rec., HDR

[email protected]

Camera Features

  • 1.4 µm pixel size
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face detection
  • panorama
  • HDR

Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, photo sphere

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player

Video supported formats

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery


Up to 576 h

Up to 390 h (3G)


Up to 13 h

Up to 15 h (3G)

Available Colors

Black, White (front panel), 18 color options (back panel – AT&T exclusive) – Woven Black, Woven White (other markets)



SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS








with A-GPS support and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS


via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Google Drive (50 GB storage)
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail
  • YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Organizer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Compass
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor
  • Google Search,
  • Maps, Gmail,
    YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: motorola.com, blogs.computerworld.com

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