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Unlocked Moto X4 with Motorola software will come to the U.S. this year

One of the big questions coming out of Google's announcement of the Android One Moto X4 coming to Project Fi was what impact this had on the release of a "normal" Motorola version in the U.S. Thankfully, Motorola has confirmed to Android Central that there will be a standard, unlocked, Motorola software version of the Moto X4 hitting the U.S. this year.

That means it would no longer be part of the Android One program, and would offer all of the Motorola-specific features and tweaks so many of us enjoy using. On the other side of the coin, it's also likely to have more relaxed standards in terms of a commitment to software updates.

It looks like a really nice phone, but it's probably not worth changing carriers for.

This is a big sigh of relief for those who were intrigued by the idea of the mid-range Moto X4 being a great phone at a reasonable $399 price, but weren't willing (or able) to switch carriers for it. While the Android One Moto X4 is most likely unlocked (like the Nexuses and Pixels before it) and able to be used on other carriers after purchase, it isn't so different from the standard Moto X4 that it's worth jumping through the hoops of buying one through Project Fi with no intent to use it there.

Motorola isn't offering any more specifics (opens in new tab) in terms of pricing, release time frame or retailers, but we can expect that the $399 price will carry over to the regular U.S. model when it's released. We'd expect Motorola to let the Android One news die down a bit and make an independent announcement in October.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

33 Comments
  • Good. The Moto G5S Plus is already for sale on some retailer websites (Fry’s Electronics) at $349 for the 64GB model, so getting the Moto X4 for only $50 more is a great deal.
  • I wonder if they’ll put it on Amazon as a Prime Exclusive phone with an ad-subsidized discount?
  • That'd be great because it's easy to get rid of the amazon add-ons and last year they updated the Amazon version of the g4 line at the same time as the regular version. Easy savings.
  • The ads don’t bother me on my Kindle tablet, so I doubt they’d bother me on my phone either.
  • Hopefully it has NFC and USB-C. Disappointed that the Moto G5 Plus didn’t have either (in the US).
  • It has both.
  • no it don't. go to Motorola and view specs. micro usb. NFC: No
  • Take your own advice, genius. motorola.com/us/products/moto-x-gen-4#Specifications It has a type C connector and NFC
  • no it does not.
    Motorola.com/us/products/moto-g-plus
  • We're talking about the Moto X. Can you read?
  • .
  • Lol, are you slow? The "it" refers to the phone that this article is literally about. To break it down for you, he was asking if the Moto X had Type C and NFC, unlike the Moto G5 Plus, and it has both. Hence me responding: "it has both."
  • i'm just glad it has NFC. Hallelujah!
  • so wud that one work on fi or just the android one, version?
  • This won't have the Project Fi software, no. There's no reason for Google and Motorola to confuse things further by letting this one run on Fi as well.
  • The nexus 6 was built at least 6 months before FI and was fully supported. Google claims the unsupported phones lack hardware. If they want to grow Fi theyll support it.
    They lost me when my N6 became unusable and supported phones didn't have a reasonable price/feature ratio.
  • This is good.
  • Just looked and apparently they are offering up to $115 trade in for a Nexus 5X that turns on and doesn't have a cracked screen, plus $50 Project Fi credit
  • Yup, pretty generous for a phone of that age and original price. Particularly if you bought it for $199 from Fi when it went on sale.
  • It's 199 for 16 gb. But I'm still getting 115 for my 32 gb one which I paid 250 folders for
  • Glass back--Nooooooo!
  • Needs 64gb rom 4gb ram to sell well here in NA.
  • Plenty of cheap phones sell well in the US with lesser specs. The Moto G 5 Plus has 2GB RAM and 64GB storage and it sells well.
  • I mean 2GB RAM and 32GB storage.
  • The question I can't find an answer to is if the Android One version will be available for purchase outside of Fi...
  • I think AC has made it clear that it will only be available through Fi.
  • I read the article here and didn't see it was explicitly stated as such. Is there a particular part of the article you felt it was "made clear"? If so, please share as I'd honestly like to know.
  • Here's my answer https://m.androidcentral.com/moto-x4-coming-project-fi-first-android-one...
  • This will be my android device this year.
    Don't want tall/Skinny: Samsung/LG
    Pixel 2 is uglier than pixel 1 and WAY over priced.
    HTC U11 (my fav android phone of the year) will likely Never see a single update. or be abandoned within 6 months.
    LG software ..... no
    nothing else left. Android phone choices suck this year.
  • Good thing I held off on the U11
  • I bought a Moto G5 plus hoping for some loyalty. Got an "updated" G5S Plus and a middle finger from Lenovo when it comes to updates instead.
    I'd say, give OnePlus 5 a serious thought. Great hardware, value for money bargain and constant software updates which may not be as fast as the Pixels, but they do trickle in soon enough. I'm just done with Motorola and their greediness.
  • If OnePlus ever goes out of business then you’re stuck with a useless phone, same reason why I won’t get an HMD Nokia phone. These startup companies don’t have the capital of Samsung/LG/Apple/Lenovo/Huawei.
  • All flagships are overpriced. But the Pixel 2 is $649, which is the same price as an iPhone 8. The Pixel 2 XL is $100 more expensive than the Galaxy S8 ($750) with very similar specs.