Android One is moving up in the world. What started off as a stock Android platform for budget handsets is still a stock Android experience, only now it can be found on some mid-range phones. Xiaomi was first with an Android One version of its Mi A1, a variant Mi 5X. Now Motorola appears to be following suit with an Android One version of its forthcoming Moto X4 device, according to a pressed render posted by Twitter by the infamous inside man Evan Blass (@evleaks).
If that is indeed the case, the Moto X4 could end up being the first phone powered by Android One in the United States. That is a big deal for users who just to experience Android the way Google put it together, without an extra layers (third-party skins) or other added pieces. The other advantage to phones marketed as Android One devices is they are are guaranteed to receive at least two years of operating system upgrades to the latest version of Android.
That said, an Android One version of the Moto X4 will not be a night and day difference compared to the regular Moto X4, as it will not be a heavily skinned phone in the first place. But this does mean users can expect updates to be made available faster since less testing will be involved, and less time spent removing pre-installed apps.
Android One aside, the Moto X4 is a premium looking device. Previously leaked specs suggest it will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC. The US market will receive a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.
Motorola is also touting a dual camera design on the rear or the Moto X4, with a dual-tone LED flash that is positioned right above the lenses. These will include an 8MP camera (f/2.2, 120-degree field of view) and a 12MP camera (f/2.0), along with a 16MP camera on the front for taking selfies.