Android One flavored Moto X4 poses for the camera, could see US release

The Moto X4 was unveiled by Lenovo owned Motorola nearly two weeks ago, but a newly leaked photo shows a different variant of the upper mid-range smartphone, and it has nothing to do with Project Fi.

A new photo leaked by none other than Evan Blass (a.k.a. @evleaks), shows the Moto X4 with its dual cameras and glass design with the words “Android One” on the device’s back cover. Now, this is interesting indeed. Google has said before that it intends to bring Android One to the US because of Samsung’s dominance in the mid-range and low-level handset categories, but no one saw this coming. Motorola, of course, has had success with its Moto E and Moto G smartphones, and bringing dual cameras to the Moto X4 was nothing short of a stroke of genius. Now, though, to make this device available as an Android One phone could gain the interest of quite a few.

Before you get too excited, understand that the Moto X4 could be released in the US, or it could not. There’s nothing from the image above that declares that the “rumored” Android One Moto X4 will be released in the US. This could be simply a Latin America device, for example, or a device for emerging markets instead of the US, promising quick Android security patches and major system updates.

If Lenovo does allow this device into the US market by way of Google’s Android One program, this could signal that Lenovo is interested in appealing to vanilla Android users who want to see Motorola “return to form” (that is, the form its devices took with Google instead of their current setup under Lenovo). In that case, an Android One Moto X4 would meet some demand. The hardware looks to have remained the same as the standard model judging from the exterior, and the Moto X4 Android One edition could cost as low as $100, making it substantially less than the $400+ price tag of the regular Moto X4. Only time will tell.

SOURCE [Evan Blass on Twitter]

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Deidre Richardson is a columnist who's covered Samsung extensively for the past two years but had her start covering Apple and Google news. She's covered tech news across the board but has been consumed with writing thought-provoking columns that present tech in an interesting way. Having picked up her first smartphone in 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S3, Deidre has gone on to own and recently review smartphones such as the Pixel and Pixel XL, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 Active, Galaxy S7 Active, OnePlus 3, LG G5, HTC 10, Moto G4, ZTE ZMAX Pro, the LG Nexus 5, and others. Deidre is a former owner (a proud one, at that) of the now-deceased Galaxy Note 7. Her career in tech now spans 6 years, though she's always growing, ever learning.