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