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Google’s Project Fi gets new phones from LG and Motorola

The Moto G6 is Fi's cheapest phone, at only $ 199.

You can also take the Snapdragon 845-LG G7 ThinQ package.

Or the Snapdragon 845-LG V35 ThinQ package.

For light data users in the United States, Google's cellular service, Project Fi, may be one of the best deals in the mobile. That's $ 20 per month for unlimited calls and texts, plus $ 1 per 100 MB of data you use ($ 10 per GB), with a "protection cap" (essentially an unlimited plan) of 80 $. The coverage of Sprint, T-Mobile and US-Cellular is grouped into a super operator, multiple SIMs are free and you can send text messages and voice messages from a PC.

The hardest thing is to get a compatible phone that works with Fi's multi-operator configuration. Previously, there was only the range of Google Pixel and Nexus phones, as well as the Moto X4. Today, Google announces three new phones compatible with the Fi: the Moto G6, the LG G7 ThinQ and the LG V35 ThinQ.

The big novelty here is the Moto G6 which will be the cheapest Fi compatible compatible phone. Normally the phone is $ 249, but on Fi you can buy it for $ 199. You get a 5.7-inch 2160 × 1080 LCD, a Snapdragon 450, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 3000 mAh battery. The phone is all glass, with a front fingerprint reader, a USB-C port on the bottom, and, thankfully, a headphone jack.

Keep in mind that buying a Moto G6 means coping with the awful update of Motorola. The Moto G6 does not receive monthly security updates – they arrive every 60 to 90 days instead. Previously Google's Fi users protected Motorola's update policy with an "Android One" version of the Moto X4, which held the Android stock and got monthly security updates . This year, you're stuck with Moto's normal update policy.

The Moto G6 is pre-order on the Project Fi site at this time . In addition to buying it for $ 199, there is also a financing plan (sorry) that costs $ 8.29 / month for 24 months.

There are also two new high-end phones from LG arriving on Project Fi. There is the LG G7 ThinQ, which we previously tried and the recently announced LG V35 ThinQ, which seems to be a bit more than a specification of LG V30 . Both are Snapdragon 845 devices with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Both are glass and run on Android 8.0 with LG's Android skin.

The big difference between the two seems to be the displays. The LG G7 has a 6.1-inch 3120 × 1440 LCD screen with a notch, while the LG V35 features a 6.0-inch 2880 × 1440 LG OLED display without a notch. The V35 also has a slightly larger battery: 3300mAh against the 3000mAh battery in the G7.

The two LG phones are quite expensive: the G7 is $ 749 (or $ 31.21 a month) on Fi, while the V35 is $ 899 or ($ 37.46 a month). I think one or the other is a hard sell for that kind of money when you can buy the Google Pixel 2 XL made by LG for about the same amount. You will not get the latest SoC (the P2XL has the Snapdragon 835 from last year), but Google's faster software is more than enough to make up for that. You'll get better software, faster updates and a better camera.

The two LG phones will go on sale in Fi next month.

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