Back in June, Project Fi unceremoniously announced via Twitter that a mid-tier device that supports Google’s MVNO service would be coming soon. This was in line with our reporting from earlier in the year that noted the existence of such a phone with Android One branding and how it’s possibly the 2017 Moto X.
Today, Google confirmed that the Moto X4 announced last month at IFA 2017 will be the first non-Nexus or Pixel device to officially work on Project Fi.
The Moto X4 is an Android One device as noted by a logo on the rear of the handset. Marking Motorola’s return to its X-line of smartphones, the 4th generation device features a 5.2-inch 1080p display with a notable front and rear curvature on this predominantly glass device.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage expandable via microSD. The rear features a dual-camera setup with 12MP and 8MP sensors combining for depth effects and other creative options. There is also a 16MP front-facing camera that has an “adaptive low-light mode” and “panoramic selfies.”
On the software front, this Android One device runs a “pure Android experience” that focuses on providing timely OS and security updates. Google promises that Android Oreo is coming before year’s end to the Moto X4, with a guaranteed and fast update to Android P in 2018.
The Android One Moto X4 is priced at $399 and comes in Super Black and Sterling Blue — both being quite glossy and shiny. Pre-orders begin today on the Project Fi website, with Google offering a trade-in program of up to $165 for older Nexus devices.
Users will get an additional $50 credit if they start the trade-in before October 5. Project Fi is also currently running a referral program that awards both sign-ups and the referrer with a $20 credit that goes towards service. This coincides with a promotion that awards prizes, with grand trip to the Googleplex in Mountain View.
Update: The Moto X4 is now available for pre-order from the Project Fi site. With expedited shipping, it is expected to arrive October 12-13.
Google notes that many users have wanted more affordable devices that work with Project Fi. The Moto X4 achieves this through an Android One program that insures a clean software experience and timely updates in line with past Nexus and Pixel devices on the network.
With Project Fi, we set out to make your wireless experience fast, easy and fair—with access to three national 4G LTE networks, and international roaming at no extra cost. But many of you have asked us for more options for high quality, affordable devices that work with Project Fi. We’ve heard you and we’re excited to launch our newest phone for Project Fi: The Android One moto x4.
We took some important steps with Android One earlier this month by expanding the program to bring fresh, secure software experience designed by Google to more high-quality devices no matter the price point. The launch of Android One moto x4 on Project Fi is the next step in our commitment to work with more partners and expand Android One to new places.
Packed with a pure Android experience, advanced hardware and great network connectivity, here’s a closer look at what you’ll get with the new Android One moto x4:
A software experience designed by Google Like all Android One phones, Android One moto x4 runs a pure Android experience, with a clean software design and a carefully curated set of preinstalled apps to give you just what you need. For example, it comes optimized for the Google Assistant to help you get more done, and offers high-quality video calling with Google Duo. You’ll also get access to the latest updates from Android, such as Android Oreo before the end of the year. Android One moto x4 will also be among the first to receive an upgrade to Android P.
Powerful cameras and unlimited high-quality photo storage The Android One moto x4 comes with three cameras. A 12MP + 8MP dual rear camera system lets you capture wide-angle photos and detailed portraits. The front-facing camera comes packed with 16MP and an adaptive low light mode. And with free high quality storage from Google Photos, you never have to worry about running out of space.
All day battery and ultra-fast charging Power through the day and enjoy your favorite Android software features like battery saver. When you need to recharge, TurboPower™ charging makes it ultra fast: You can get up to six hours of power in just 15 minutes.
Top of the line security The Android One moto x4 will receive timely security updates and built-in malware protection from Google Play Protect, working around the clock to keep your device, data and apps safe.
The Android One moto x4 is priced at $399, comes in Super Black and Sterling Blue, and is available only in the U.S. on Project Fi’s network for pre-order on the Project Fi website starting today. If you’ve got an older Nexus phone and want to trade it in for a new device, we’re making it easier than ever with our new trade-in program. We’ll give you up to $165 for select Nexus devices, and if you start your trade-in by October 5, you’ll earn an extra $50 Fi credit.