We’ve known for a while now that Google Project Fi will gain support for the first non-Google device before the end of this year.
We also know that this Project Fi-compatible phone will be the Moto X4, however, little has been out here regarding the specs and features of this phone. Late last month, details of the expected pricing of this Moto X4 came out, confirming that the phone will indeed be a midranger, just like the Google Nexus 5X.
Ever since the bootloop issue started affecting the Nexus 5X, many users of this phone have been wondering what step to take next, especially those on Google Project Fi. As you may know already, the Nexus 5X is the most affordable handset that comes with support for Fi, at some point costing just $199 for the base model.
Some Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users were ready to quit Project Fi just because there is no affordable device to take the place of their aging or faulty Nexus phones. In order to keep using Fi, 5X and 6P users had to shell out at least $650 in order to get the Pixel phone. As it is, this won’t be the case any more thanks to the upcoming Moto X4.
While it won’t be easy to get a perfect replacement for the Google Nexus 5X, the Moto X4 should do a great job. According to the latest reports, the phone will come with a decent specs sheet with some features resembling what the Nexus 5X has to offer. For instance, the phone will carry a 5.2-inch display screen with a Full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass protection on top.
Buyers of the Moto X4 will have two color options to pick from – Super Black or Sterling Blue. Despite the fact that the phone will have up to four different variants, the entire collection will be based on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC paired with either 3GB RAM and 32GB storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The former model will be sold in North America, Europe and Latin America while the latter will be available in Asia Pacific markets.
Those leaving behind the Google Nexus 5X in favor of the Moto X4 will have a hard time adapting to the new position of the fingerprint scanner, which will now appear on the front panel, just below the display screen. The back camera will sport dual 12MP+8MP sensors with f/2.0 aperture on the main sensor and f/2.2 aperture on the second sensor alongside a massive 120-degree wide angle view. To ensure you get better photos even when in the dark, there is a dual-LED flash alongside PDAF.
For selfies, you get a 16MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.0 and Adaptive Low Light mode. This sensor will be able to capture up to 4K videos, a feature that is usually spared for the main cameras. Unlike the Google Nexus 5X that manages a small 2700mAh battery unit, the Moto X4 will get a bigger 3000mAh unit, even bigger than the Google Pixel. The battery will be supported by the company’s TurboCharging feature to get you hours of power in just a few minutes of charging.
One thing, though, is that the Moto X4 will definitely not tick all boxes of Nexus 5X users when it comes to running pure Android experience. You will come across things like Moto Display, Moto Actions and Moto Voice, but the customizations aren’t as heavy as what other OEMs have on their phones.
To counter this software shortcoming, the Moto X4 will reportedly come with IP68 dust and water resistant certification, a feature that you won’t find even on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones.