An interview with Lenovo SVP Chen Xudong has been strung out and splayed apart over and over again as bloggers translating the transcript have been left drawing some troubling conclusions. One of those conclusions was that the company would be dropping the Moto E and Moto G, Motorola Mobility’s best-selling phone of all-time, from future production.
However, Chen only said that the Moto G will continue to face challenges in high-priced markets. Motorola later announced that the two phones would still be on the docket for 2016.
Motorola is also cleaning up other garble from the code switch about the G and E. It mainly involved talk of implementing fingerprint sensors and five-inch-plus screens onto the devices. After all, if ZTE can do it on the cheap, why not Moto by Lenovo? But it seems that:
Xudong was referring to products specific to the China market. We’ll share more information about our 2016 products at a later time.
In the interest of full disclosure, our conservative interpretation of the interview wasn’t quite clear on his statement on where we might see five-inch-plus phones crop up, but Motorola isn’t doing much to make details available at this point, likely for good reason.