Alleged metal Moto X 4th gen prototype leaks, Motorola may be playing with multimedia fire
posted by Daniel P. / Dec 16, 2015, 3:48 AM
crowned this year's Motorola handsets as the best value-for-money brand-name phones you can buy in the US, and for a good reason. The Moto X Play and Moto X Style, as well as the Moto G 2015, are some of the best-priced handsets in their respective categories, and each of them offers a little something above the fray to stand out, too.
What does Motorola have in store for us next year, though, when Lenovo would have arguably folded its phone business into the brand for the most part? Well, a piece of the answer may be this leaked prototype of the eventual Moto X 4th gen which emerged on Chinese social media with the tipster warning that this is still an engineering testbed, and the finalized device might look different.
With this disclaimer out of the way, the source states that this purported Moto X 2016 is built into a metal chassis, which would be par for the course now that most phone makers and their dogs have moved to more premium materials for their handsets' exterior. There is also a huge round camera unit area on the back, perhaps signifying that Motorola might step up its efforts in the mobile photography department that has never been its strongest suit.
As if to further suggest a more multimedia-centric nature of the next Moto X, the prototype pictured here has a giant set of what we'd assume are speaker grill holes below the etched Motorola logo on the rear. Other than those new elements that Motorola is apparently experimenting with, the phone keeps the general corner form of the current Moto X generation, yet clad in a metal dress, and seemingly a bit thinner than what we have now, what do you think?
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That is what you call UGLY
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 3:50 AM 3
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So NO fingerprint scanner this time too???
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 5:46 AM 1
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Removing the front facing speakers would be the biggest mistake they would ever make. That's one of the things that really separates the phone. Plus all metal build should be an option otherwise the customization is seriously limited. These are pretty horrible decisions if this ends up being the final product. As a phone in general it looks nice and a great camera would be nice, but as a Moto X, this would be extremely disappointing.
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 1:58 PM 1
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If step away from their current design I'll be passing this one up. This is probably not real so it doesn't even matter. If it does end up being this then I hope the Moto X Pure edition is gonna be cheaper.
posted on Dec 16, 2015, 2:40 PM 0
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I certainly hope this is fake. Otherwise I'm done with Motorola. I was frustrated when they went to 5.2" (when 5" was plenty for most people), then they made it a phablet and ruined the display, and they they've made it blocky. Everything the Moto X was built upon is now completely gone. Not function before form, not bucking the phablet trend, just more of a same bland crap. Might as well buy a Samsung next time.
posted on Dec 28, 2015, 12:15 AM 0
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