In-development Moto hardware offers possible early look at this year’s lineup
What’s next for the Lenovo-owned Motorola brand – or, should we say, Moto brand? Last month, we heard Lenovo’s CEO talking briefly about plans for a high-profile new Moto smartphone (or maybe even phones), due for launch sometime this July. And while that probably means a new Moto X, and likely another Moto G, what can we look forward to from the phones themselves? We were promised “more innovative, more attractive” designs, but just what does Lenovo have in mind? It may still be several months before we know for sure, but recent pics attempt to offer a possible early glimpse, showing what appear to be some in-development phones.
We should preface this by clarifying that we’re not completely sure just what it is we’re looking at here. Some analysis has suggested that this could show the next Moto X, and maybe the next Moto G as Lenovo prepares the hardware for market. Certainly, there are some very familiar design elements present. But after last year’s split with the Moto X Style and Moto X Play, we have to be open to the idea of Lenovo playing with our expectations a little, and there’s little guarantee as to just what any of this hardware represents.
What we do hear is that all this stuff pictured reportedly stems from Jim Wicks’s Motorola design team, rather than from elsewhere within Lenovo – though looking at it, that’s hardly a stretch to believe.
The Moto X-looking hardware is all about metal; what would that mean for any potential Moto Maker plans? The presumptive Moto G, on the other hand, appears to stick with a much more traditional design. Again, we’re not sure exactly what it is we’re looking at here, or what phase in the engineering process any of these prototypes may represent. But this could still be a very early look into the coming year’s Moto lineup.