Google has apparently collaborated with Motorola to create an Android One variant of the recently unveiled Moto X4. This follows the unveiling of Xiaomi Mi A1, a renamed Xiaomi Mi 5X that's also part of Google's Android One program.
During the phone's launch, Google's Global Director of Android Partner Programs, Jon Gold, confirmed that Android One will expand across many phone manufacturers. Android One, for the initiated, is Google's way of bringing the latest version of Android to budget smartphones. But soon, Google will pivot Android One to also include devices belonging to different price brackets.
Google, Lenovo Partner Up to Make The Next Android One Phone
The next Android One partner will reportedly be Lenovo via the Motorola brand, which it owns. Evan Blass has leaked a photo of this alleged device, showing a Moto X4 with the Android One logo printed on the phone's back panel.
Not much is known beyond the photo. Will the Android One Moto X4 variant have the same internals as a regular Moto X4? Will it be priced the same, or will certain features be taken out to lower the price? It's likely the latter won't happen, since Google seems hell-bent on erasing the notion that Android One is merely an initiative to bring cheaper Android devices to the market, which is essentially what the now-defunct Android Go was for.
Moto X4 Specs
If it does come with the same specs, then users will have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of onboard storage, dual 12-megapixel cameras, and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It even comes with a fingerprint sensor, and has a more-than-decent 3,000 mAh battery.
Practically there's no information about the phone. Whether Google plans to change its name remains a question as well. GSMArena speculates that it's highly likely the Moto X4 will have a different name under the Android One program.
The Moto X4 will also perhaps be the first Android One device that'll launch in the United States, since smartphones under the program are typically only launched in developing markets such as India or some countries in Asia.
Moto X4 Price
The Moto X4 retails in europe for €399, around $480. While it remains uncertain what changes will be made, it's perhaps more logical to expect for Google and Motorola not to "dumb down" the device and replace its current specs with weaker internals just to lower the price. The Android One program is still pretty vague, but it's certainly starting to enhance its reputation so as not to be pigeonholed into one price bracket only.
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