Not dead yet: Moto X is 'alive and well' says Motorola

Not dead yet: Moto X is 'alive and well' says Motorola
After a fair bit of speculation and build-up, Lenovo finally unleashed the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones at its Tech World event yesterday. We've been led to believe that the new 'Z' range will outright replace the popular pre-existing Moto X line. However, Lenovo / Motorola has issued to a statement to clarify that this is not strictly the case. So for fans of devices such as last year's popular Moto X Pure, further upgrades could well be in the pipeline. 

Early impressions of the two new modular handsets are very positive. Both fairly similar, the Force model gets a few perks such as a bigger battery and a slightly better rear-facing camera. Whilst each is very sleek and svelte in terms of profile, the standard Moto Z is immediately eye-catching for its sheer thinness. Yet as a device with a 5.5-inch quad-HD display, 4 gigs of RAM, a Snapdragon 820 chip and all the rest of it, one has to question whether a 2600 mAh battery will suffice in keeping the lights on. 

While plenty of innovation has gone into these exciting new devices, the Moto X may not be completely dead in the water. According to a statement issued to the folks at Android Police:


Of course, Lenovo may simply not wish to burn bridges until it has seen the response to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, due to hit the market in September. With the Moto X branding having gained plenty of respect throughout the tech community over the last couple of years, killing it off completely would make little sense at this point. 

The Moto Z differs from the Moto X in some regards, though retains that flagship feel. Thus, despite what the statement says, the new Z devices could still prompt the demise of the X. 

Still, we wouldn't balk at any additions to the Moto X range in the near future, would you?

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21 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Let her go!!

19. Loveneesh

Posts: 419; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Lenovo moved their vibe Z and X series in Motorola.

2. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The moto Z seem like a very interesting device with those mods, they should've released it to all carries, they mess up now that the note 6 will be released in August/September..

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The customization of the Moto Z is pretty awesome/exciting, though I enjoy the simplicity of the Moto X, Vanilla Android with subtle enhancements built into it to make the OS better. It seems that they've lost track of that concept in the past two years though and I think it's something they they need to put a renewed emphases on going forward.

4. Zylam

Posts: 1781; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I want a new X play with 625 and full HD screen, slimmer but retains the massive battery of the original. Also price it at 349ish!

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6700; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Moto X play was a 5.5" 1080p IPS device, with a SD 617 SoC and 2gb of ram. The new Moto Z's are 5.5" as well, only they have a QHD display AMOLED device, with a SD 820 SoC and 4gb of ram. Which is far better. Besides that you can add a battery mod to the Moto Z. Which it should be the same thickness as the Moto X play. I would put my money on the latest Moto Z.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but motoZ isnt 349ish, and its ugly

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6700; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why would it be $349ish? It has the latest specs, SD 820, 4gb of ram, 32gb/64gb of expandable storage. Either a 13mp or 21mp camera with OIS and laser autofocus. Plus it has a gorgeous QHD AMOLED display. Not those IPS crappy displays. Then the iPhone 6S should be $349ish, right. Especially since the IPhone 6S specs are much worse than this new Moto Z.

5. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Then give my Moto X 2014 Verizon the damn update! Ughh

10. sgodsell

Posts: 6700; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That is Verizon holding your device back. If you unlock it, then you would already have the latest Marshmallow update.

14. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Damn you Verizon!!!!!!!!!!!

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Verizon LTE phones are already unlocked. Helps to know what you are talking about.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's dead. Plain and simple. They're just trying to deny it.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6700; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I guess Apples iPhone SE is dead as well. Only tiny kids, and small people want that excuse of a device. I guess that's why there was no lineups for that device when it was released.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The iphone SE was just released a few months ago you twit. The Moto X Pure Edition is 10 months old. Of course I know you're just being ignorant because I told the truth.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

hopefully: - No square FPscanner - No ugly camera bump (small bump still fine, lol) - keep stereo speaker and improve screen-to-body ratio - make it compatible with MotoZ module (but I guess that'll kill motoZ, lol)

12. sgodsell

Posts: 6700; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The round ergonomic back on the Moto X's would have to go. That is why the new Moto Z is flat and slim. So the mods could get more space, plus they can curve. If you don't like the camera bump on the Moto Z, then just get a Moto style mod, and the camera bump is gone.

15. KingSam

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Wishful thinking: if the front was less ugly and they had integrated tango in the Moto z all other phones would be obsolete.

20. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I would like to see moto x 2016 series.I liked last year moto x play and style.Just add a fingerprint scanner with moto x style 2016 with sd 820 or sd 823 chipset.I also like those front facing stereo speakers too.

21. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1136; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think Lenovo/Motorola should keep the Moto X alive, with 5.2 inch FullHD screens, Snapdragon 652/650, 2 or 3GB RAM and 32GB standard storage with a price of around $350-450. Keep the Style and Play variants, with different size batteries and a different look. The Moto Z range is gonna be a lot more pricey.

22. jamisonjon

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 14, 2016

Well if the X is alive, it sure isn't well. On Lenovo's support forum, there are 22 pages of dialog on a persistent issue with the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto's response is less than encouraging. I just registered on Phone Arena so I can't paste the link, but google "Choppy call audio after MM upgrade w/VoLTE." Sadly, a disaster, I plan to sell my MXPE for sure. As for the future of the Moto X, member "Back_from_beyond" hit the nail on the head. The 2nd gen Moto X was a fantastic device, especially from a package/size aspect. It's actually what I'm using now since the MXPE has no proper fix for poor call audio. 5.0-5.2" is the sweet spot for screen/device size, at least in my opinion. I know that's rather subjective considering how many people got excited about the return of the tiny iPhone. Either way, if there was a new Moto X with a 5.2" screen and a fingerprint scanner (put it on the back in the Moto dimple, could it be any more obvious of a spot?) I'd buy one for sure.

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