What products in Motorola’s pipeline may still see the light of day?
Word of Lenovo’s Motorola deal is still so very new that we’re not quite used to thinking about Motorola as something other than a Google company – even if that role itself is also comparatively new. Despite the recent changes, we’ve already found ourselves talking about what might be next for Motorola, including the idea that the company might end up producing a Nexus device (and one of the very last, if we’re to believe those rumors). For the longest time following Google’s own acquisition, we discussed how Motorola was still working through its old pipeline of devices, releasing models conceived prior to the sale. Rumors suggest that we’re looking to a similar situation with Lenovo’s purchase, and that some of the Motorola gear we’ve been looking forward to will still launch.
For instance, there’s been plenty of talk of a new Motorola tablet, but according to this source the company also has something just a little more petite in the works, and has been developing a six-inch phablet that will supposedly still see release. A follow-up to the Moto X (X2?) has also apparently been under development, but we’re not sure just how far along that might be.
And as Motorola is no stranger to smartwatches, it may have been working on a next-gen model, which is also still said to be on-track for an eventual release.
While we don’t have a real ETA for either, the nature of these as hold-overs from Motorola’s previous ownership suggests we’re looking at something within the next year or so, as Lenovo will presumably be anxious to begin with its own designs.
There’s also the note that Moto Maker won’t be going away, but the whole customized-in-the-US bit might change, so we could conceivably be looking at slightly longer ship times.