A few weeks ago, Google Project Fi received a new guest in the shape of Lenovo’s Moto X4, a phone that is meant to expand the limited number of Fi-compatible smartphones currently available on the market as well as debut Google’s Android One program in the U.S.
When news of the Moto X4 coming to Project Fi broke, many people were quite happy about this move. The wireless carrier definitely has a growing fan base, however, its growth is limited by the number of supported devices. Before the launch of the Moto X4, Fi was only compatible with five other phones that include the aging Nexus 6, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X as well as last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL. Other than their relatively steep prices, the availability of these phones hasn’t been anything to smile about.
The Moto X4 was supposed to be one of the three phones that will be added to Project Fi this year, with the others being the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. When the phone was launched, Google promised that Fi users will be able to get it later this week, however, fresh reports can confirm that the search giant has had a change of heart, where the phone will now start shipping between October 18th and October 25th. This is the same time that the Google Pixel 2 will start shipping.
In the email, Google says that the delay is due to production problems, nonetheless, many eager fans have not taken this lightly. There’s still little you can do to change the situation than holding on for a little bit longer.
The first Android One phone to hit the carrier, the Moto X4 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 SoC mated with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and has an IP68-certified dust and water resistant body that houses a 5.2-inch Full HD display screen, a 12MP+8MP dual camera on the back and a 16MP selfie camera. Out of the box, you get Android 7.1 Nougat with a promise of Android Oreo before the end of this year. At sub-$400, this phone is more affordable than any other Google Project Fi supported phone.
Even though this delay might have dealt Project Fi a blow in its efforts to expand the number of supported devices, it’s nothing major because it’s only a delay.