Once upon a time, the Moto X was the flagship of one of Android’s premier device manufacturers. That changed with the release of the modular Moto Z last year, but it seems the Lenovo brand isn’t finished with the X series yet. Reports have emerged that the X line could return for a fourth generation, slotting between Motorola’s lower-end G range and flagship Z family. Fittingly, it seems Lenovo has chosen to name the phone Moto X4.
Here’s everything we think we know about the Moto X’s return.
The most recent news on the Moto X4’s internals comes by way of VentureBeat, which claims to have knowledge of the device’rs hardware based on a source close to Lenovo. The report claims the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 system-on-chip and available with as much as 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, though this may just be the top tier configuration. The display is expected to be a full HD panel, and the battery is purportedly 3,000mAh in capacity.
In terms of cameras, the Moto X4 has been rumored for some time to feature dual lenses. VentureBeat has corroborated this report, saying they will be 12 and 8 megapixels in size at the back, while the front-facing camera is rated at 16 megapixels. Finally, the device is expected to be IP68 water resistant as well — meaning it can be submerged in up to 1.5m for a maximum of 30 minutes. This would put it on equal footing with the Samsung Galaxy S8, which sports the same certification.
A leak on Google+ earlier in the year included a photo of the device’s recovery mode. According to the image, the phone was running a Qualcomm MSM8953 — in other words, a Snapdragon 625 — paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. By release, that could be improved to the newer Snapdragon 660.
For reference, the Moto G5 Plus that recently launched in the United States features the same 625 processor, alongside 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage in its base-level, $230 configuration. Spend $50 more, and the G5 Plus can actually be had with double the memory and storage, which would put it firmly above the specs listed here, despite purportedly being Lenovo’s “budget” smartphone.
Keeping that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Moto X4 launch with more powerful specs. A Reddit leak that provided a 9-second video of an internal Lenovo presentation also mentioned the inclusion of a Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip, alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The battery on board, according to the post, is a 3,800mAh unit and will also support some form of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge tech.
Although little is known about the Moto X4’s carrier situation, a report from VentureBeat claims that the upcoming midrange device will be supported on Google’s Project Fi network. If true, this would be a major get for those interested in the service, seeing as how the only phones currently compatible with Project Fi are Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL.
The inclusion of the X4 expands Project Fi’s reach to customers who would like to spend a little less on a smartphone but still enjoy some of the network’s unique perks, like the ability to pay only for the amount of data that you use.
The report follows a tweet from the official Project Fi Twitter account earlier this week that a “new Fi-compatible device” would launch “at a midtier price from one of [Google’s] partners later this year.” Project Fi operates as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) like MetroPCS or StraightTalk, except it combines coverage from T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular.
In the beginning of June, Andri Yatim on Twitter leaked a possible release date for the upcoming midrange Moto device, apparently known as the X4. Yatim said the phone would debut on June 30. He also revealed various details about the phone which fell in line with previous reports, such as the Snapdragon 660 processor, dual camera, RAM allotment, waterproofing, and battery capacity — as well as a supposed price point of 21,000 rupees, which is equivalent to about $325