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"Moto by Lenovo": alleged early Moto G and Moto X (2016) prototypes surface

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One of the most iconic brands in the phone world, Motorola, is slowly being phased out by the company that has owned in the past several years, Lenovo. "Moto by Lenovo" will replace the Motorola brand and the first 'more innovative, more attractive' phones of the new Moto will happen in July 2016, according to a Lenovo executive.

Now, we are seeing some images of early prototypes from a Lenovo fabrication facility and a source claiming these could well be the 2016 editions of the top-end Moto X and the affordable Moto G.

We, for once, are doubtful that Lenovo will leave these phones out in plain sight like this for the leakster's blurry cam and what seems more likely is that these prototypes are something that the company has worked on, but we find it unlikely that the final versions of the two phones will look exactly like those dummies. Still, we would not completely rule out the possibility.

One particularly interesting detail that one can notice (in the close-up to the first image) is a phone with what looks like a metal back and a design that reminds strongly of the iPhone 5s. What could that be? And do you think these could in fact turn out to be the 2016 Moto X and Moto G?

source: HelloMotoHK

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posted on 08 Feb 2016, 01:49

1. legiloca (Posts: 1461; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

Looking sleek af

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:45

4. Astonvan (Posts: 237; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)

to me it looks like the moto x is wearing a thong :P . Motorola is no more.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:39 1

12. magnanimus (Posts: 562; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Hey man, phones need to feel sexy too

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:27

5. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1042; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)

it looks like HTC M8 from the back

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 06:04 1

9. Kumar123 (unregistered)

Looks awesome. I wish this time they will put a bigger battery and a custom Sony sensor. That will make this phone a pretty much the perfect andorid phone.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 07:42 2

10. yonith (Posts: 174; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

I would actually consider this phone if the screen was 5.2 or smaller. Big phones just aren't for me.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 08:30 1

11. Lmao2013 (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)

After the nexus 6 I will never get a phone bigger than 5.2 inched I currently have the gs6

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 19:20

13. sebstin (Posts: 143; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)

Hope this time MOTO/Lenovo releases a sleek 4.7" phone.. less than 8mm and 120g phone..

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 19:12

15. CraftyBoyGT (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)

They got rid of the rounded back? And the top and bottom black secondary colors look like the iphone 5/5s. RIP Motorola. "F U" Moto by Lenovo

posted on 10 May 2016, 12:45

16. ChazzMatt (Posts: 90; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

There will be a "premium" Moto phone in 4th quarter, just like the last two years. Don't be a sucker and buy one of these.

In 2014, all we had worth considering from Motorola was the Moto X "flagship" (which was basically a copy of the 2013 LG G2 -- 5.2", 10080p, 2GB RAM). I don't even consider Moto G or Moto E.

Then in 4th quarter they released the premium "Quark" -- Droid Turbo/Moto Maxx/Moto Turbo (depending on where you bought it). It was what the Moto X that year should have been!

The Quark was FANTASTIC -- 5.2" version of the 2014 Moto Nexus 6, but with choice of Kevlar or Ballistic Nylon + Kevlar back. I own three of the Moto Maxx XT1225, running them on AT&T. LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17.


In 2015, what was the the "Moto X" became the "Moto X Style" in other countries. In the U.S. it was the Moto X Pure. It's ostensibly Motorola's "flagship" phone. 1440p, Snapdragon 8xx series.

The also released a mid-tier (6xx series) "Moto X" as the Droid Maxx 2/Moto X Play. Strangely had a bigger battery than the flagship, but lesser specs (slower CPU, less RAM, lower resolution, 1080p) than the "flagship".

Then, in 4th quarter the 2015 "Kinzie" was the 2014 Quark successor: Droid Turbo 2/Moto X Force. It was the "premium" phone. Snapdragon 8xx series, more RAM, bigger battery, with more features.

Confusing keeping up with all those names!

(Again, lower on the totem pole was the Moto G and Moto E series -- not even worth considering.)

For the 2015 "Moto X" an analogy would be the old automobile DX/LX/EX monikers. Honda would release Accord base model DX, then LX with a few more features and finally EX with the kitchen sink (more powerful engine, sunroof, etc).

Yes strange in the Moto world, the "DX" model has a bigger battery than the "LX" model...

Nevertheless, in 2016 Motorola is following this scheme again. Releasing two lower models for suckers. The REAL phone you want is coming in 4th quarter.

So, one of these in this article is the "flagship" 2016 Moto X (the 1440p model) and one is the 2016 version of the mid-tier Moto X Play/Droid Maxx 2 (the 1080p model with the bigger battery, yet Snapdragon 625, puny RAM). Renders of it with "Droid" logo have even leaked.

But neither of these phones is the 2016 version of the 2014 "Quark" (Droid Turbo/Moto Maxx/Moto Turob) or 2015 "Kinzie" (Droid Turbo 3/Moto X Force) -- the top of the line phone with EVERYTHING. That will come closer to the end of the year.

That's why the "Vector Thin" has 1440p but puny 2550 mAh battery. And why the "Vortex" has only 1080p, Snapdragon 625 and but yet big 3550 mAh battery. The mid-tier Vortex also has laser auto-focus and rear camera OIS, while the supposedly more premium (higher resolution) "Vector Thin" does not. Why would you put those features on a Snapdragon 625 phone and not on your flagship phone? Why would you not put a bigger battery on a 1440p phon

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