Google Project Fi, the company’s pre-paid carrier, isn’t the same appealing wireless service provider it was a year or so ago. This is not because the mode of service delivery has changed, but it’s because the fan favorites Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are no longer available for purchase.
If you are lucky enough to come across a Google Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X, the sheer number of hardware and software issues can be overwhelming. For those who really want to be part of Project Fi, the only other option is the Google Pixel family, which is quite expensive, even after $100 price reductions following the launch of the Pixel 2 family.
Unlike other carriers, Google Project Fi is not a BYOD, rather, supported devices are specially made to work with the carrier. As a result, fans have been asking Fi to start selling phones that are cheaper, akin to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, and the carrier listened.
After months of rumors, Lenovo’s Moto X4 was finally unveiled. This is the phone that is expected to replace the affordable Nexuses on Google Project Fi priced at $400. Even though Lenovo has also confirmed that an unlocked variant of this phone will be sold via its official store, there is a new channel of buying the Moto X4, but this model has nothing to do with Android One.
The Moto X4 is now an Amazon Prime Exclusive and it will be selling for just $329.99. Unlike the model that is sold through Project Fi, this variant of the X4 is not based on Android One, rather, it runs Motorola’s version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. On top of that, the usual ads associated with Amazon Prime Exclusive will be on show and the bootloader cannot be unlocked, but as for the rest of the specs, they remain the same as the Fi version.
These include a Snapdragon 630 processor paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. The battery keeping the phone alive is a 3000mAh unit and to set it further apart from previous Moto X models, the Moto X4 has a dual 12MP+8MP camera on the back.
Since this is not an Android One version of the Moto X4, you will get slow updates. Even though it supports all major carriers in the U.S., it won’t work on Project Fi. Remember, this deal is only applicable to members of Amazon Prime club.