Android One’s first phone for the US is the Moto X4 for $399

These days, there is no shortage of well-made, mid-range phones that are affordable. (In fact, here are our favorite cheap phones to name a few.) But with Google’s inclusion of the recently released Motorola Moto X4 into both its Android One and Project Fi endeavors, now there’s one more compelling bargain phone to consider.

Priced at $399, the Moto X4 will be the first phone in the US to be sold through Google’s Android One. And because it’s available under Project Fi, users can get a cheap phone plan with it as well.

Android One started out as an initiative in 2014 to offer affordable Android phones to developing markets in countries like India, Indonesia and the Philippines. However, it expanded to other countries, including Japan, Hong Kong and now, the US.

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The Moto X4 receiving an OS update from Google.


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Though Google partners with other companies to make the hardware (in addition to the Moto X4, Google recently teamed up with Xiaomi to for the Mi A1 under Android One), 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, Android Go, 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 Project Fi, 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 ATT, Verizon, Wi-Fi first networks like Fi and Republic Wireless are relatively cheap. Project Fi’s monthly plan starts at $30 for unlimited calls and text, and 2GB of data. (Read: Everything you need to know about Wi-Fi calling.)

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.

Dimensions (Millimeters)

148.4×73.4x8mm

156x76x6mm

154.2×74.1×7.3mm

147.3x71x7.5mm

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

Front-facing camera

16-megapixel

5-megapixel

16-megapixel

8-megapixel

Video capture

4K

4K

4K

2160p

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 (4×2.4 GHz+4×1.8 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

Battery

3,000mAh

3,000mAh

3,300mAh

3,200mAh

Fingerprint sensor

Beneath screen

Beneath screen

Home button

Back

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

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 (USD)

$399 (Google Project Fi)

$499 (Motorola.com)

$479 (64GB), $539 (128GB)

Converts to $400

Price (GBP)

Converts to £370

Converts to £390

£449 (64GB), £499 (128GB)

Converts to £315

Price (AUD)

Converts to AU$600

Converts to $AU670

Converts to AU$635 (64GB), AU$715 (128GB)

Converts to AU$525

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