Remember the Android One Moto X4 we saw some days ago? At the time, we didn’t know if the device would land in the US, but the reservations have been tossed to the wind. Google has officially announced the Lenovo Moto X4 for Google’s budget-friendly Android One program – in the US, compatible with Google’s Project Fi out of the box.
The Android One Moto X4 will cost the same as the unlocked Moto X4 model, but it has the advantage of quicker Android system updates and security patches, not to mention it comes Project Fi-ready out of the box. As compared to the unlocked Moto X4 that may not see system updates for months, the Android One program guarantees updates in a matter of weeks after Google releases them. Next, the Android One Moto X4 becomes the first non-Google smartphone to come Fi-ready out of the box.
The Android One Moto X4 fills in some gaps in the Project Fi experiment for Google. Many have had an interest in Project Fi, Google’s wireless MVNO, but wanted a more affordable smartphone to pick up with the network. Google has provided a $399 phone ($16.63 per month for 24 months with Google financing) in the Android One Moto X4 that won’t break the bank and provides MVNO access that consumers have been clamoring for. The Android One program enrollment for Motorola’s most recent smartphone only makes the Lenovo Moto X4 even better.
Speaking of Project Fi, Google is offering a deal to interested Moto X4 buyers: those who have a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, or Nexus 6P can trade in their devices via a new trade-in program and receive up to $165 off the new Moto X4 as well as a $50 Fi credit toward your monthly bill if you make the trade-in before October 5. This trade-in program could see expansion beyond Project Fi to the Google Store, as Google allows Android users as a whole to trade-in their non-Google devices and pick up a Pixel phone instead.
Project Fi compatibility for the Moto X4 is excellent, but there are other reasons aside from the trade-in and Google’s tri-carrier MVNO with US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile that make this device worthwhile. For those who are Android users, your Google Fi services (SMS, voicemail, calls) are accessible on any Android-powered device (even on Wi-Fi alone). If you’re a Chromebook user, you can access calls and SMS capabilities from your Chromebook, calling from your computer when your phone is dead or charging.
The Moto X4 features a 5.2-inch, Full HD display with a 1080p screen resolution, 3GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, 16MP front camera, 12MP primary and 8MP secondary dual rear cameras, 32GB of storage, IP68 water and dust certification, and a 3,000mAh battery. The Android One-flavored Moto X4 will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. You can choose between Black and Sterling Blue colors.
Are you glad to see the Android One Moto X4 with Fi-readiness become a reality? Let us know your opinions in the comments!
SOURCE [Google Project Fi]