First alleged photo of the Moto X 2016 shows off radically redesigned rear cover
The bang for buck champions of the Android smartphone décor these past couple of years have never enthused with their high-end designs, optional wood and leather backs notwithstanding. Motorola kept the aesthetic gambles to a minimum on all three generations of its Moto X flagships, but now Lenovo counts on the Illinois-based OEM to reverse declining sales, and a major redesign could be in the works.
First and foremost, this leaked pic from China of a supposed fourth-generation X prototype clearly flaunts a metal unibody-type construction, which may put a surprising end to the Moto Maker customization affair.
Either that, or the 2015 X Style and X Play will spawn two vastly different sequels, one with personalization possibilities, the other only available as you see above. Of course, build materials aren’t the sole aspect Motorola reportedly plans to overhaul, as this massive circular rear-facing camera looks much swankier than before, shielded by glass and sporting dual-tone flash, suggesting long overdue photography performance improvements.
Then you have two strips of pretty odd-looking speakers at the bottom, and smack-dab in the middle, a blander M logo sticker set to replace the old distinctive imprint previously located a little closer to the main cam.
Also of note, the Motorola Moto X 2016 skeleton doesn’t seem to present any curves or edges, with antennas likely contained in small top and bottom plastic blocks meant to keep network connectivity nice and stable. Overall, bold moves and risks are definitely to be expected from Lenovo management and Moto engineers, even if this particular preliminary design fails to take commercial shape.
Remember, it’s highly unlikely the Moto X (4th gen) will break cover before summer.