Many will agree with me that one of the major downsides of Google Project Fi is the limited number of supported smartphones.
In order to activate a Project Fi account, one must be using any of the five Google phones that include the costly Pixel and Pixel XL, the aging Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X as well as the elderly Nexus 6, which is now approaching its third year on the market.
Google Project Fi poses itself as an affordable MVNO and an alternative to the likes of Verizon and AT&T, but it makes little sense when you still have to spend a whopping $649 in order to be part of the platform, even if financing is an option. In Google Nexus 5X, Fi had a device that easily convinced new users into the program as the phone was affordable at just $199, but at the moment, the phone is out of stock, with the only other affordable option available being the Nexus 6P, which is priced at $399.
With the many bootloop issues that Nexus 5X users are facing that are forcing them to ditch the phone in favor of other affordable alternatives in the market, Project Fi was facing a threat in that the number of users was about to grow smaller rather than increase as expected by the search engine giant. However, the company has a plan in place to introduce an affordable phone that is compatible with Fi in the coming months.
According to the official Project Fi Twitter account, a new device is coming before the end of this year with a mid-tier price, same as the Google Nexus 5X that came valued at $379 for the base model. Although there was no mention of the exact price, we would like to believe that this mid-tier price will range between $300 and $400.
We hear you loud and clear. Keep an eye out for a new Fi-compatible device at a mid-tier price from one of our partners later this year. https://t.co/74U3bq16pa
— Project Fi (@projectfi) June 29, 2017
Also, something worth noting is that Project Fi claims the device will be made by one of Google’s partner OEMs. In the past, we’ve seen the likes of Motorola, HTC, LG and Huawei form partnerships with Google to manufacture the Nexus and Pixel phones and as such, it would make sense to assume that any of these partners will be in the driving seat as far as this mid-tier Fi-compatible device is concerned.
Previous reports have claimed that Google will at some point bring the affordable Android One devices to the U.S., probably later this year. With this announcement, it’s possible that this Project Fi device could be an Android One handset, but for now, we are just speculating. We expect to see more details about this device in the coming weeks or months and we’ll be here to give you updates on the same. Stay tuned.