Motorola allegedly scraps the Moto X5, development of Moto Mods limited to only a few

Motorola allegedly scraps the Moto X5, development of Moto Mods limited to only a few
Remember the news about the Moto X4 sequel that Motorola might launch at some point this year? We even had a picture of a prototype unit, so the leak was looking pretty solid at that time.

Unfortunately, it appears that Lenovo has decided to scrap the Moto X5 and not launch another X series phone going forward. AndroidPolice reports that despite the fact that Lenovo reduced Motorola's workforce considerably, it's still not enough to turn make the smartphone business profitable yet.

The canceling of the Moto X5 is the direct result of Lenovo's strategy to cut costs. Moreover, Lenovo won't let Motorola keep developing new Moto Mods unless they are really meaningful for the consumer market.

The only smartphones that Motorola will continue to work on are the E, G, and Z series, but it's yet unclear how many devices the US company will manage to release this year.

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15 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1115; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Why scrap the x series??? Moto you should scrap the e series x series was a good midranger device makes no sense!

2. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

May be they want G series to be mid range.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6653; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The G series is already mid range. Especially looking at the new G6 versions. The new G6 plus has a 64 bit 2.2 GHz octa core SD 630 SoC, with 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage, which is definitely on the high end of mid range. Not to mention a 5.93" Full HD+ (2160x1080) display, dual rear camera sensors with 4k video recording, with Bluetooth 5, WiFi ac. You certainly couldn't call that a low end device. I rather take the new Moto G6 plus over an iPhone 8 anyway of the week.

3. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I know I might be the only one but I lost interest in Motorola the moment Google stripped it and sold the company to lenovo.

4. Zylam

Posts: 1768; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nokia is going to hit Motorola the hardest.

5. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Moto X were good phones...the original was like a Nexus device, with a good camera for the time and very good build quality in my opinion. Plus close to stock Android, that remained smooth for a few years.

7. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

And some recent Android features today were introduced by the OG Moto X back then, like the voice activated search, and the Active Display. and was very fast even with their outdated processor at the time, (flagships back then had SD600 when the Moto X had a modified S4 Pro).

8. BGChicago

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

I had the original. Neither the camera was good, not the build quality. 2 phones, both cases cracked open near side/back. The default back design was slippery than ice ring. Main advantage was it's compact size. To bad X2 went up with the big guys.

9. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I mean, clearly I disagree based on my comment above, but to each their own. The phone felt compact and solid for me, with good textures. It was also a lot less slippery than modern flagship smartphones that are all glass or all aluminum with rounded sides.

15. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1490; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I still own the Moto X 2nd gen and it’s still working fine not much issues. It’s still working faster. Looking at Moto X I feel like Motorola was way more better in Google’s hand until they decided to sell it to Lenovo & now it’s nowhere close to old Moto devices.

6. SyCo87

Posts: 275; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Meh, it should either be this or the Z Play.

10. Duncdawg26

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Definitely a bummer but somewhat understandable. I can't imagine moto sells cheap enough to compete very well in the Asian or Indian market. And there's basically two markets in the US to sell to: prepaid and carriers. Prepaid does about a maximum of $200, more like $75. And carriers do more of the $600 and up segment. The market for anything in between is much thinner with still plenty of competition.

11. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 449; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Need to stop making weird ass advertisements so people actually buy their phones.

12. Tech-shake

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Huawei CEO comments are being realized faster than ever “only few will be able to survive the economics of the industry”

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