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Moto X4 lands in the U.S. – Say ‘hello’ to Android One

by Justin Herrick | September 20, 2017September 20, 2017 10:30 am EST

There’s finally an Android One phone in the United States. Google and Motorola have come together to release the Moto X4 as the country’s first phone participating in the program. The goal for Android One is to create no-compromise hardware backed by Google’s software support.

The phone is happily average, which is exactly what Google wants for Android One. Motorola’s Moto X4 features a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS LCD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, two 12MP rear cameras, a 16MP front camera, a 3000mAh battery, and Android 7.1 Nougat.

Although the software is somewhat outdated, Google itself will push Android 8.0 Oreo to the Moto X4 by the end of the year. Google handles software updates for all Android One phones and thus has the luxury of preventing hardware from falling behind. The company actually states Android P, the next major version of Android, will be issued to the phone in 2018.

Because it’s stock Android, you won’t find any Moto-specific features. Things like Moto Voice and the ability to swap the on-screen buttons for an all-in-one physical button are missing. The software experience found on Pixel and Nexus devices is nearly identical to what’s on the Moto X4.

The Moto X4 also fills a major void for Project Fi. It’s the service’s first non-Google phone to be compatible on its web of networks. Only Pixel and Nexus phones were compatible until today, and the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X haven’t been available through Google for quite some time. So the Moto X4 is joining the lineup as a more affordable option.

You’ll soon be able to buy the phone through multiple U.S. retailers, but the Moto X4 is currently up exclusively on the Project Fi site for $399. A trade-in program can lower the price by up to $165 when trading in select Nexus devices. Do a trade-in by October 5 and you’ll get $50 in Project Fi credit, too.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...