Google’s big Pixel 2 event is still over a week away, but you won’t have to wait that long for some big news. On Thursday, Google announced that the Moto X4 will be the next phone that will work with the company’s Project Fi network, which makes it the first non-Google phone to do so. But that’s not all: The Moto X4 will also be the first Android One phone available to purchase in the United States.
While the Android One Moto X4 has the same specifications and hardware as the phone announced at IFA 2017 this summer, it replaces the custom software with a pure Android experience, a limited selection of preinstalled apps and guaranteed software updates for two years. In fact, Google says that the Android One Moto X4 will have Android Oreo before the end of the year and will be one of the first phones to get Android P.
With the Pixel 2 expected to retail for over $600 and the Pixel 2 XL for over $800, Google needed to add a more affordable device to the Project Fi lineup. Not only is the Android One Moto X4 affordable at $399, but with its dual rear camera system, octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, TurboPower fast charging, and solid design, it actually stands a chance of making an impact in a market where high-end phones dominate.
The Android One Moto X4, which comes in Super Black and Sterling Blue, will only be available on Google’s Project Fi network in the US. You can preorder the phone right now on the Project Fi website. Plus, with Google’s new trade-in program, you can get $165 for select Nexus devices, and if you start your trade-in for an Android One Moto X4 by October 5, you’ll earn an extra $50 in Fi credit too.
Google finally brings a somewhat affordable phone back to Project Fi.
In a sea of rectangles with round edges, the Moto X lineup has been a breath of fresh air for smartphone fans looking to separate themselves from the pack. Motorola’s X lineup has always been about customization, allowing users to choose from a variety of different color combinations and even exotic materials like different leathers and woods. In 2017, the Moto X lineup finally gets the big refresh many Android fans have been waiting for.
The new Moto X4 model indeed updates the Moto X design identity to better align with newer Motorola phones like the Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play, but Motorola made an interesting decision about the Moto X line when developing the new Moto X4. The ability to customize your phone to your tastes — the spotlight feature of earlier Moto X phones — has been abandoned entirely.
Rather than offer a vast array of customization features, Motorola chose instead to shift its focus to another key area: the phone’s camera. The Moto X4 features a new dual-lens rear camera that adds a range of features that have never been seen before on a Motorola phone.
How much tech did Motorola pack into the new Moto X4’s camera? Here’s the rear camera blurb from the phone’s specs sheet:
12MP Dual Autofocus Pixel sensor (f2.0, 1.4um), 8MP ultra-wide angle with 120° field of view sensor (f2.2, 1.12um), Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash, Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF), Ultra-wide angle shot, Professional mode, Depth detection and depth effects, Selective Focus, Selective Black & White (beta), Background Replacement (beta), Spot Color, Landmark/Object Recognition, Scan barcodes/QR codes/Business cards, Panorama, Slo-motion video, Best shot
In addition to the “bokeh” background blurring effect we’ve seen on dual-camera phones from Apple and Samsung, the Moto X4 adds things like selective focus, selective background replacement, and more. Other cool camera features unrelated to the dual-lens setup include Landmark detection, which will ask you if you want to learn more about landmarks when they’re detected in frame, and Face Filters, which adds native Snapchat-like animations to photos or videos.
Also of note, the Moto X4 will be one of the few mid-range phones that offers the same enhanced dual-lens camera features typically reserved for high-end phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note 8.
Beyond the camera, the Moto X4 is a well-spec’d mid-range handset, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2 GHz octa-core processor, a 5.2-inch FHD display, 3GB-4GB of RAM depending on region, 32GB or 64GB of storage, microSDXC support, IP68 dust- and water-resistance, and a 3,000 mAh battery with Motorola’s TurboPower fast-charging tech.
Now, for the bad news. The new Moto X4 will be released in September in Europe, where it will sell for €399 unlocked… but there’s no news on when the phone will launch in the United States. While we wait, you’ll find the Moto X4 specs listed out below.
We’ve waited more than a year for a new addition to the Moto X line, but the wait appears to finally be over. On Friday, Android Authority shared the first high-resolution images of the unannounced Moto X4 as well as an exhaustive list of features and specifications that its sources uncovered.
According to the leak, the Moto X4 will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display, so right off the bat you know that we’re looking at a mid-range device rather than something to compete with the iPhone 8 or Galaxy S8. There will be four global variants of the phone, but all four versions will powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and the Adreno 508 GPU.
The model set to launch in North America, Europe and Latin America will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the model primed for the Asia Pacific region will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Other features include a fingerprint sensor beneath the display, a 16-megapixel front-facing camera for low-light selfies, dual cameras on the back of the phone and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery capable of turbo charging. Moto Actions, Moto Display and Moto Voice will all reportedly make their way to the Moto X4 as well, and the phone should be IP68 dust and water resistant.
Unfortunately, Android Authority wasn’t able to uncover anything in regards to the phone’s release date, but it’s probably safe to assume that the Moto X4 will be available before the end of 2017.