Google and Motorola both announced that the Moto X4 Android One phone will be coming to Google’s Project Fi wireless carrier. Very soon the USA will be getting its taste of a smartphone with the stripped-down Android One treatment. Here are the details.
The Android One version of the Motorola X4 will be a bit different than the one is selling in Europe. The Project Fi X4 will cost $399 and will come in two colors: black and white. It will be available for preorder starting 20th September.
While the Motorola’s Moto X4 has a “pure Android experience,” which means that it lacks some of the enhancements that Motorola adds to its Android phones. Specifictaions-wise, you won’t find Moto Voice, Moto Access, attentive display, or one-button navigation option on this Fi phone for sure. But it will have Motorola’s helpful gestures and some display customizations.
Unfortunately, the Fi X4 will not have Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant either, nevertheless, the Google AI Assistant will be the only voice assistant option you will find on the phone, Moto X4.
The Fi Moto X4 is launching with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, but Google says an update to Android Oreo will be rolled out before the end of the year 2017.
The search giant also says that the Android One Moto X4 will be among the first phones to receive Android P when that is released. It seems Android P is confirmed?
The hardware of the Fi Moto X4 is the same as the one announced earlier this month. Rest of the design includes a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 30000mAh battery, and IP68 water and dust resistant certification. And the new Fi Moto X4 has a dual-rear camera setup with 12MP and 8-megapixel sensors, plus a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with special low-light mode.
The phone is not only an Android One device, but it also marked as the first non-Google phone to be offered on Google’s own Project Fi service. Since the only phones that were sold for and worked officially with Fi were Google’s own Nexus and Pixel phones.
The last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL were the cheapest Project Fi phone available cost $649. The Moto X4 marks it much less costly to join Fi than before.
Also that Google is giving some incentive for existing Fi customers to upgrade. It is offering up to $165 on trade-in for select Nexus devices. And a $50 bonus trade-in credit if it’s done before October 5th.
It seems like Google has committed to bringing the Android One experience to more price points in the future. Otherwise, it probably won’t be the last Android One phone in the US, and the last non-Google Project Fi phone to come.
In all its kindness, it is a good mid-range option from a known manufacturer, which should help bring more into the play, the Project Fi fold.
Update x1: Corrected mention of Google Photos storage – Google is providing the standard minimum high-quality photo backup with the Moto X4 that every Google Photos user has access ro. Not the unlimited full-quality backups that Pixel phones have.