Blass specs out two Moto X 2016 phones with more evidence they’re Project Tango fruits
Looks like “modular” is in fact the buzzword of the year.
At least, we can see a continuation of the trend if we trust VentureBeat‘s Evan Blass with some more information about this year’s Moto X (or Moto Xs?). This follows on from the renders we saw of the devices along with a potential DROID Turbo 3 from HellomotoHK earlier.
“A person who was briefed on the plans” said that both phones will have 5.5-inch AMOLED screens, be metallic and get sold under the Moto X brand. The pair will also have exchangeable backplates to add different functions to the device.
Thing is, the unit shown on the left has been codenamed “Vertex” and the other christened “Vector Thin”. And, like the Moto X Play was to the Moto X Style/Pure Edition, they aren’t the same phone:
|Screen size||5.5 inches||5.5 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080||2560 x 1440|
|Pixel density||401 ppi||534 ppi|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|Speed||overclocked to 2.4GHz||underclocked to 2.0GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 506||Adreno 530|
|RAM||2GB / 3GB||3GB / 4GB|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB||32GB|
|Camera||13-megapixel w/ OIS and laser-assisted AF||16-megapixel w/ laser-assisted PDAF|
There are several specification trade-offs between the Vertex and the Vector Thin that even the two out overall. If it weren’t for the storage options and the screen resolution, these two Moto Xs would be going head-to-head.
A sore point in our guessing game was that 16-pin connector port — we couldn’t really guess what such a thing was for. But apparently, we’re about to see a true LG G5 Friends competitor with the fruition of Project Tango — something parent company Lenovo has long been working on in tandem with Google.
“Amps” modules come in the form of first- and third-party backplates that can add on functions. Unlike the Friends, though, these Amps can hop on and off with the power of magnets. Motorola will supposedly launch six from launch of the devices, including:
- stereo speakers
- a battery pack
- a camera grip with flash and optical zoom
- a pico projector
- a rugged cover, and;
- a wide angle lens attachment
We reported earlier that Lenovo’s Tech World ’16 event will happen on June 9. A teaser video tells us to “watch Moto transform mobile — in a snap.”