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Moto X4 up for pre-order, and there’s a Prime Exclusive model

by Justin Herrick | October 19, 2017October 19, 2017 1:00 pm PST

You can now pre-order the Moto X4 in the U.S. even if you don’t belong to Project Fi. More than five partners have come forward to sell the non-Android One version of the phone.

Motorola hasn’t released a new Moto X in over two years. However, what was once the flagship series for the company is now back in the form of a mid-range device. The Moto X4 isn’t going to blow anyone away with its specifications, but it’s not meant to. And the design will actually impress as it’s made of glass and metal. It’s simply a phone that offers above average specifications at decent price. You pay $399 and can use it on any major carrier’s network.

Specifications here are suitable for pretty much everyone, at least on paper. It features a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS LCD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, two 12MP cameras on the back, a 16MP camera on the front, a 3000mAh battery, and a relatively clean take on Android 7.1 Nougat.

The Moto X4 is being sold by Motorola, Best Buy, B&H, Fry’s, Jet, Newegg, Republic Wireless, and Ting. Amazon, too, will sell the phone but with a twist. The online retailer has a Prime Exclusive model. While everyone else has the Moto X4 priced at $399, Amazon’s asking for $329 with free two-day shipping if you’re a Prime member. The only catch is that you’ll need to withstand lock screen advertisements and Amazon’s software being pre-installed.

Last month Google introduced the Android One version of the Moto X4, which is being offered exclusively to Project Fi customers. That version comes with stock Android and its software updates are managed by Google. In terms of design and specifications, both versions are the same. The difference is in software.

All partners will release the Moto X4 on Thursday, October 26.


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...