Upcoming Motorola flagship spotted in the wild?

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Manufacturers like LG are pushing limits with what size screens they can get away with in phones positioned as traditional handsets, versus the more niche phablet crowd, bringing 5.5-inch displays to models like the brand new G3. Even Samsung finally pushed past the five-inch barrier with the GS5. But in contrast to these OEMs we have Motorola, which seems to be doing just fine for itself with much smaller phones. The Moto G, Moto X, and Moto E all feature displays measuring in south of five inches – really, it’s been since the Droid Ultra/Maxx that we’ve seen Motorola even touch that upper limit. Lately, though, we’ve been hearing rumors about a large-screened Motorola model, and last month looked at some specs for a possible 5.2-inch device. Today we get what might just be our first glimpse at this phone, with the publication of the above image.

So, what are we looking at here? This shot was reportedly taken on a Chicago Transit Authority train, and while we can’t make out a heck of a lot, we agree with the assessment that this looks like a Motorola model. The phone’s body is lunchboxed, obscured with the help of an nondescript case, but we think we can just discern that Motorola M logo in the upper left that’s often used to hide a tracking ID for these in-development models.

This phone seems to be decently large, but just how big is it? That’s a tough one to narrow down, and the source offers little more than the phone appeared to be at least a five-incher. That makes that 5.2-inch figure start to really resonate, though we’ll need to see more before we can really say with any confidence if we’re looking at the same model. Could this maybe even be the rumored X + 1, due out sometime this summer, or might it be a new model entirely? We can’t wait to find out.

Source: @evleaks

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!