Home - , , , - Preorder the New Moto G6 at Project Fi for $199

Preorder the New Moto G6 at Project Fi for $199

Google announced three new phones today for its Project Fi MVNO. They are the pricey LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ and the much more affordable Mototola G6.  The G6, at  $199.99 is Fi's least expensive phone ever and it's available for pre-order today on the Project Fi site. The LGs won't be available until next month and will set you back $749 for the G7 ThinQ and $899 for the V35 ThinQ.

The LGs are too spendy for my taste but the Moto G6 looks like a pretty good deal. Fi's price for the G6 is $50 less than what the phone costs direct from Moto.

Unlike previous Project Fi phones, which are all Nexus, Pixel or Android One phones, all three new phones are apparently off the shelf models that are the same as the ones sold by their manufacturers and retailers. That's not a good thing as it means that LG and Motorola will be responsible for updates. Both companies have a reputation for slow, infrequent updates, unlike Nexus, Pixel and Android One phones which get  timely OS and monthly security updates directly from Google.

In addition to selling the Moto G6, LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ,  Project Fi has added the three phones to its list of supported BYOP devices. Only the unlocked North American versions sold by retailers are supported by retailers, not versions sold by other carriers.

Project Fi is selling the 32 GB version of the G6 with 3 GB of RAM, not the 64 GB, 4 GB RAM variant. It has Snapdragon 450 SOC, 5.7 inch, 1080 x 2160 px screen, dual 12 and 5 MP rear and 8 MP front cameras, fingerprint sensor and 3000 mAh non-removable battery.

As good a deal as the G6 for $199 is I think that the Android One Moto X4, which is currently on sale at Project Fi for $249, is an even better one. For the extra $50 you get a pure Android experience, much more frequent updates and a faster Snapdragon 630 SOC. On the other hand the G6 does have a larger and higher resolution screen that the X4's 5.2 inch 1080 x 1920 px display.





10 comments:

Comment Page :
  1. I'd rather price match the Amazon version at Best Buy and buy airtime to knock it down to $185.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Are the Google Fi Moto G6 and Android One
    Moto X4 unlocked ?

    ReplyDelete
  3. >As good a deal as the G6 for $199 is I think that the Android One Moto X4, which is currently on sale at Project Fi for $249, is an even better one.

    It's probably why the G6+ doesn't get sold here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Moto's X4 is a glorified G5 Plus with a slightly better processor and 25% less RAM.

      The g6 is still a better investment at $200 as it has all current extra-capacity bands plus the new future-proof 18:9 form factor.

      It might not have a 6xx series processor or an extra 32GB of storage, but the 450 still uses a newer manufacturing process (which translates to better performance and battery life) while a cheap 64 to 128 GB memory card will be all the storage you'll need.

      On the other hand, there's nothing you can do with an X4 to change its dimensions or add additional LTE bands.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous at 4:23: I don't think the G6 has Band 71 (Tmobile 600MHz). That would be the feature I'm looking for in my next purchase.

      oldest Anonymous: will Best Buy really price match with Amazon's advertising version? I wouldn't have even thought of asking! Can you unlock the bootloader of the Google Fi version? That would be a negative factor on the Amazon one.

      Delete
  4. >plus the new future-proof 18:9 form factor.

    Thanks for the chuckle. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Dennis, typo: "off the self" should be "off the shelf".

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think "off the self" is a suicide reference.

      Anyway, the Moto G6 (G, 6th Generation) does indeed lack T-Mobile's Band 71. As with the iPhone X, it is the phone of 2016... today!

      Delete
  6. I am currently using a moto nexus 6 on fi. I play games like Lords mobile and war robots and the nexus 6 is very slow. Is the G6 considered as an upgrade from the performance point of view?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm liking this Moto G6 on project Fi! Yes indeed!

    ReplyDelete
Comment Page :


All comments must be approved before they will appear. The following types of comments will not be approved: off topic comments, insults or personal attacks directed at other commenters, bigotry, hate, sexism and profanity.