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Earlier today, a report broke that essentially confirms every last detail of Motorola’s Moto X4. This is a phone that I’ve been highly critical of since its initial leaks and renders started to get shard around, but following this more detailed breakdown, I have to admit that I actually like what I’m seeing. Here’s why.

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The first render for the Moto X4 was shared on July 4, and in all honesty, it wasn’t anything exciting in the slightest. The glass back looked incredibly generic, the specs sounded okay, and simply put, the Moto X4 just looked like another boring entry into the mid-range market.

However, today’s report offers something different – dare I say, something exciting. The latest renders for the Moto X4 showcase a unique and attractive-looking camera design, polished frame, and a contoured glass back that will reportedly reflect light in a similar manner to the Honor 8, HTC U11, etc. These are things that don’t drastically change the fundamentals of a phone, but they are little details that I notice. More importantly, they’re little details that harken back to previous Moto X entries.

The X4 likely won’t offer Moto Maker customization and there’s no icon dimple on the back to be seen, but looking at the phone more as a complete package and not a couple of details here and there, it would appear that Motorola just may be on to something. The 5.2-inch 1080p screen is a nicely compact size with a more than respectable resolution, the stock Android UI is always something that’s great to see, and the dual-camera system – although nothing entirely new – will reportedly offer similar wide-angle functionality that’s seen with the LG G6.

However, perhaps the biggest win for the X4 will be its availability on Project Fi. This is something we’ve been talking about since April, and it just might be the icing on the cake that the X4 needs. Motorola has had a pretty shaky reputation when it comes to software updates as of late, but I highly doubt that Google will allow the X4 to exist as an option for its cellular service without it being updated to the latest version of Android in a timely manner. Furthermore, we previously reported that Google is working on an Android One-like program for the United States. Phones that are a part of this program will be compatible with Project Fi, and for all intents and purposes, the Moto X4 is expected to be the launch device for that program. That makes for two big affiliations the X4 has with Google, and this could be the push that Motorola needs to keep the phone regularly updated. If so, that will be one major thing consumers won’t have to worry about.

If this is the case, we’ll be looking at a well-built phone with a strong display, good performance with a Snapdragon 630 processor, one of the better implementations for a dual-camera setup, (hopefully) reliable battery life with a 3,000 mAh unit, and stock Android with Motorola’s software goodies and consistent/timely updates – all for around $400 or so.

I know I’ll be eating crow by saying this, but I’m now genuinely interested in what Motorola will be offering with the Moto X4. I still firmly believe that the company’s overly large lineup of phones needs to change sooner rather than later, but looking at the X4 specifically, this just may be Motorola’s best phone of 2017.

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