A few days ago, Google Project Fi confirmed that it will be expanding support to non-Nexus and non-Pixel phones before this year comes to a conclusion.
In the statement that came in response to a plea made by a Project Fi on Twitter for the service to unveil low-cost smartphones that can work with the service, the MVNO said that the device in question will be a mid-tier handset made in conjunction with one of Google’s partner OEMs.
There’s was no word from the tech giant regarding which device will be coming with Project Fi compatibility or even the OEM that will make the phone. But according to renowned leaker Evan Blass, the Moto X4 is the phone that will come with Fi compatibility in Q4 2017.
Mid last month, there was a rumor that the Moto X4 will be among the new arrivals from Motorola alongside the likes of Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Force and Moto G5S Plus before the close of June. However, as you may know by now, this phone has not been confirmed.
As it is, it appears that this Moto X4 will now be unveiled somewhere in Q4 as part of Google Project Fi compatible phones, something that should come as a relief to many of those who have been thinking of ditching the service due to a lack of a reasonably-priced phone. So far, the only new phones that are supported on Fi are the Pixel and Pixel XL and with the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X approaching two years old, it was becoming clear that some people will be ditching the MVNO, especially due to the hardware issues facing the two phones.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 30, 2017
Previous rumors had claimed that the Moto X4 will come as a budget phone priced at about $325, something that fits perfectly with the latest definition of the upcoming Project Fi phone. The budget phone will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch Full HD display screen, a glass and metal body with support for waterproof features alongside a massive 3800mAh battery unit.
Being a midranger, the Moto X4 will reportedly come with a Snapdragon 625 SoC mated with 4GB RAM and a dual-lens camera on the back. Given that it is expected in Q4 2017, don’t be surprised if it comes with Android O running the show out of the box.