Moto X4 to join the Google Project Fi line-up

Earlier today we reported on Google’s plans to add a mid-tier smartphone as a choice for consumers based on feedback they had been receiving. In their tweet announcing plans to add a new device, Project Fi was very vague only indicating it would be “from one of our partners.” A new report from Evan Blass via Venture Beat says the device will be the forthcoming Motorola Moto X4.

The Moto X4 first surfaced earlier this year thanks to some leaked photos from a private Motorola event and generated some buzz as Motorola was resurrecting the X series as a model line. The X devices were previously Motorola’s flagship line before the company changed that to their Z line of devices. The Moto X4 leans to the higher end of the mid-tier market and should come equipped with 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 660 processor and a 5.2-inch screen.

If the Moto X4 does indeed join the Project Fi portfolio, not only will it be the service’s first mid-tier offering, it will also be the first non-Nexus or non-Pixel device to be offered by Project Fi. The Moto X4 is expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Just this month Project Fi launched a new tool to help users figure out whether the service makes sense for them and Google has enabled use of Project Fi with G Suite accounts. The addition of a mid-tier device combined with these other recent moves suggests Project Fi is positioning themselves to become a bigger player in the wireless service market.

source: Venture Beat

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Darcy

    Is this new “Moto” X4 actually being made by Motorola or by Lenovo? Is it going to look like a device in its own right, or a variation of Lenovo’s “Moto” G devices? Going by some of the renders I’ve seen, they all look like “Moto” G or “Moto” Z clones, and if that’s the case then no thanks! If it’s not a genuine Motorola then my next device will be a Nokia. I don’t do Lenovo!