When we start talking about an upcoming Motorola device, what do you think of? The Moto 360, already fully official, but taking its sweet time in coming to market? Or what about the Moto X+1, the flagship expected to debut alongside the arrival of 360 sales? And now there’s all this new talk about a possible Motorola Nexus phablet – any one of these a likely candidate for rumors of new Motorola hardware. But today we find ourselves looking at something else, as a Motorola trademark filing might reveal the name the company’s going with for a new phone: the Moto Maxx.
Right away, that “Maxx” bit has us thinking about a Verizon model, a possible successor to last year’s Droid Maxx (above). But then where’s the “Droid,” an iconic part of Motorola’s handset branding with the carrier? We’ve heard rumors that the next Droid Maxx could be under development as codename Abbagoochie (yes, really), so the phone may well be happening, but we’re just not sure if this Moto Maxx name aligns with it; maybe the days of “Droid” really are drawing to a close?
But that’s not the only possibility. What about a new model that’s essentially a Moto X+1 with either a larger battery or a bigger display – maybe something in the 5.5-inch range? And one that wouldn’t be sold as a Verizon exclusive. Just because we’re talking about a Motorola Nexus phablet doesn’t mean the manufacturer wouldn’t want another five-inch-plus model in its lineup (not to mention one to call its own), especially as Lenovo gears up to start using the company to reach new markets. There are a lot of ways this Moto Maxx could go, and for the moment we’re hard-pressed to choose a prevailing theory.