These days, there is no shortage of well-made, midrange phones that are affordable. (Here are our , to name a few.)
Priced at $399, the Moto X4 will be the first phone in the US to be sold through Android One. And because it’s available under Project Fi, you can get a cheap phone plan with it as well.
Android One started out in 2014 as an initiative to offer affordable Android phones to developing countries like India, Indonesia and the Philippines. It then expanded to other countries, including Japan, Hong Kong and now the US.
Though under Android One Google partners with other companies to make the hardware — in addition to the Moto X4, Google recently teamed up with Xiaomi for the— Google is largely behind the phones. They run nearly stock versions of Android, receive the latest updates from Google and have Google Play Protect security software built in.
(Keep in mind that Android One differs from Google’s other project,, which aims to standardize the OS and other apps to have a smaller storage footprint. This allows older or entry-level phones that might not have a lot of memory keep up to pace with the Android platform.)
As for, that is Google’s Wi-Fi first carrier service. Launched in 2015, Fi uses local Wi-Fi networks (the same used in your home, coffee shop or library) to patch your calls and send texts. When you’re in an area with low Wi-Fi coverage, it switches to T-Mobile or Sprint’s cellular and data networks.
Compared to traditional networks including AT&T, Verizon, Wi-Fi-first networks such as Project Fi and Republic Wireless are relatively cheap. Project Fi’s monthly plan starts at $30 for unlimited calls and text, and 2GB of data.
The Moto X4 itself features a 5.2-inch display, Android Nougat and two rear cameras on the back (an 8- and 12-megapixel shooter). It’s equipped with a Snapdragon 630 processor and a 3,000mAh battery. For more specs and how it compares to other phones in its class, check out our chart below.
Moto X4 specs versus Moto Z2 Play, OnePlus 5, Huawei Honor 9
|Motorola Moto X4||Motorola Moto Z2 Play||OnePlus 5||Huawei Honor 9|
|Display size, resolution||5.2-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels||5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels||5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels||5.15-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||424ppi||401ppi||401ppi||428 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.8×2.9×0.31 in.||6.1x3x0.23 in.||6.1×2.92×0.29 in.||5.8×2.8×0.3 in.|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.7 oz; 163g||5.1 oz; 145g||5.4 oz; 153 g||5.5 oz; 155g|
|Mobile software||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android Nougat|
|Camera||Dual 12-megapixel, 8-megapixel||12-megapixel||16-megapixel standard, 20-megapixel telephoto||12-megapixel, 20-megapixel monochrome|
|Processor||2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630||2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626||2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Huawei Kirin 960, octa-core (4x 2.4GHz + 4x 1.8 GHz)|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB||32GB, 64GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB|
|RAM||3GB or 4GB||3GB or 4GB (varies by region)||6GB, 8GB||4GB or 6GB (varies by region)|
|Expandable storage||Up to 2TB||Up to 2TB||None||Up to 256GB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Beneath screen||Beneath screen||Home button||Back|
|Special features||Water-resistant, selfie-flash||Water-repellent||Portrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging||Dual-camera, dual-SIM (varies by region)|
|Price off-contract||$399 (Google Project Fi)||$499 (Motorola.com)||$479 (64GB), $539 (128GB)||Converts to $400|