Earlier in the day, Project Fi’s official Twitter handle tweeted out that a new Fi-compatible device will be coming later this year from one of Google Fi’s partners. This device will be made available at a mid-tier price, bringing it within reach for a larger spectrum of potential users.
We hear you loud and clear. Keep an eye out for a new Fi-compatible device at a mid-tier price from one of our partners later this year. https://t.co/74U3bq16pa
— Project Fi (@projectfi) June 29, 2017
After the revelation from Google, notable leaker Evan Blass is reporting through VentureBeat that this phone is none other than the upcoming Lenovo Moto X4.
The Lenovo Moto X4 is the next generation device in the widely acclaimed Moto X lineup. Moto’s X branded devices have held the distinction of being value purchases offering great performance on a budget-friendly price. The first Moto X invited skepticism from many who questioned its mid-tier specs, but were silenced when the sum of the experience turned out to be unparalleled in value at that time.
This generation of Moto X will have a few notable points of its own that we look forward to. The new Moto X4 will be the first non-Nexus and non-Pixel handset to offer Project Fi-compatibility. VentureBeat also confirms that the Moto X4 will come with a dual rear-camera setup. Marketing imagery from a Moto partner presentation also points towards the phone sporting a 5.2″ FHD display and “SmartCam” functionality.
With the Moto X4, Google’s Project Fi will finally be opening up to support hardware that is not associated with Google. New sign-ups to Project Fi is currently limited to the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, as the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have remained out of stock for a while. Expanding Fi support to more devices will benefit users who are looking for a wider choice on the mobile network market, though they will have to wait until Q4 2017 at least.
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