A tech company’s financial and administrative stability are essential for its mainstream popularity prospects, which is probably why Lenovo put off the release of the 2016 Moto E until deciding exactly what to do with the Motorola brand under its wing.
While things remain unclear in a few departments, the Moto E (3rd gen) has to break cover one of these days if it wants to carry the legacy of its two ultra-low-cost forerunners. After all, it’s been more than a year since the second-gen saw daylight, and the qHD 4.5-inch screen, SD410 SoC and 1GB RAM are no longer acceptable specs, even at a sub-$100 price point.
Good news, everybody – a recent visit to India, via import tracker Zauba, of a so-called Motorola “Affinity” appears to confirm the 5-inch display of the upcoming Moto E upgrade. There’s no connection between the codename Affinity and Moto E (3rd gen) market moniker we can think of, but we also don’t see what other phone this might be.
Moto G4 or G4 Plus? Highly unlikely, given the import value listed at Zauba: INR 5,164, or $78. Don’t jump to conclusions, though, as these numbers are often misleading, very rarely matching actual retail costs.
Still, they rarely miss the mark by as much as it’d take for this to materialize as the fourth-gen Moto G, so we’re expecting footprint gains across the board. A 5-inch 2016 Moto E, maybe a 5.3 or 5.5-inch new G, and… a 6-inch Moto X Style sequel? Nah, that last one will probably retain its predecessor’s 5.7-inch screen diagonal.