The most prominent aspect of this new edition is the presence of stock Android and a promise of regular updates. The phone costs $399, much cheaper than the $649 Pixel. Also, the Moto X4 seems to be a disappointment for some Motorola fans as the device won't pack Motorola's nifty additions such as Moto display, the One-handed navigation key, etc. For those times when Wi-Fi isn't available, Project Fi taps into the networks of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular for cellular coverage. The new software also means this version ditches Motorola's support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, something that Google and its competing Google Assistant probably don't mind.
In a report from TechCrunch, the Essential Phone will receive the latest update of Android 8.0 as the company commits to provide the latest Google update in regards to its major software updates.
It's an approach that helps keep monthly bills down: Project Fi charges $20 a month for unlimited talk and text. Estimate that you'll use 2GB of data but wind up only using 1.5GB, and you'll get a credit back for $5.
Google confirmed the device to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update by the end of this year. It has a dual-rear camera with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors, plus a 16-megapixel front camera with special low-light mode.
This smartphone is IP68 water resistant and works with what Motorola calls a "contoured design" - just a bit more curvy than the Moto Z lineup. There's a 5.2-inch Full HD panel up front and it's powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor clocked at 2.2GHz paired with either a 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with SD card support.
For those of you who have an existing Nexus smartphone, Google is introducing a new trade-in program. If you trade in before October 5, you'll receive a $50 Project Fi credit.