When Android One was first announced by Google, it was said that the smartphones having this operating system will be only available for the developing countries. However, this seems to be changing now with Android One after being dormant for 2 years, coming back with mid-ranged phones that will be available in all the countries. Lenovo owned Motorola has recently launched its first Android One smartphone, which is the Moto X4.
The smartphone is launched under the Project Fi exclusively for the people in the US. Earlier in the IFA 2017 event when Motorola announced its Alexa and Google Assistant powered Moto X4, little did the people know that the Smartphone giant will have a different version of the phone running on the Android One OS as well. However, there were some leaks regarding the announcement which turned out to be true.
The Android One variant of the Moto X4 has been priced at $399 in the US and it is already up for pre-orders on the Project Fi website and the phone is available in Super Black and Sterling Blue colors. On the other hand, the other variant of Moto X4 is also set to launch in India in early October. The tech giant has already started sending out teasers through its social media account with the tagline ‘Xperience’, and now Motorola India has sent out invites to the media for the Moto X4 launch, which is going to be held on October 3rd.
Specifications of Moto X4 Android One Variant
The Android One variant of the X4 is a little different than the other variant that is being launched for India and other parts of the world. Moto X4’s Android One variant provides a pure Android experience, which means it’ll miss out on some of the customized apps and enhancements that Motorola has for its smartphones. You’ll not find the apps, like Moto Access, Moto Voice, one-button navigation options, and also attentive display. However, the smartphone will still have the gesture recognition and some display customizations.
Unlike the other variant of the Moto X4, the Android One variant lacks the support for Amazon’s Alexa. The Project Fi Moto X4 will come with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, but Google has said that the smartphone will get Android Oreo before the end of this year. Interestingly Google also said that the smartphone will be one of the first to get the Android P update when it gets released, which makes it very interesting.
The hardware of the Android One variant of the Moto X is same as the variant launched in the IFA event this year. It has a 5.2 inch 1080p HD display, 3000 mAh battery, Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor paired with Adreno 508 GPU and 4GB RAM, and is IP68 certified dust and water resistant. Moto X4 has a dual-rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel and an 8-megapixel sensor. Additionally, the smartphone boasts a 16-megapixel front camera that can take good pictures even in low-lighting conditions.
Moto X4 has a dual-rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel and an 8-megapixel sensor. Additionally, the smartphone boasts a 16-megapixel front camera that can take good pictures even in low-lighting conditions. The dual camera setup also comes alongside a color correlated temperature dual LED flash and PDAF, which can make the pictures look natural.
This device is not only an important mark for the Android One devices, but it’s also the first phone not manufactured by Google to be offered on the Project Fi service. The other devices under the Project Fi were all priced above $649 and now with the launch of the Moto X4, the prices have come down considerably. Furthermore, Google is also providing incentives for the already existing Fi customers to upgrade. It’s offering up to $165 on trade-in for select Nexus devices, plus a $50 bonus trade-in credit if it’s done before October 5th.