The Motorola Moto X series is dead, Moto Z will take its place

The Motorola Moto X series is dead, Moto Z will take its place
Today, Motorola (or, rather, Lenovo) announced no less than three new Moto smartphones, though they're all aimed at users on a budget: Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G4 Play. There's been no word on any future Moto X handsets, and now we know why: the Moto X brand is being phased out. According to reliable leakster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) and Venture Beat, Motorola Mobility and Lenovo are replacing the Moto X series with a brand new Moto Z family.

Reportedly, two of the first Moto Z handsets will sport 5.5-inch displays, being called Moto Z Style (codenamed Vector Thin) and Moto Z Play (codenamed Vertex) - obviously, these will succeed the Moto X Style and Moto X Play from last year. It seems that the Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play are the two leaked phones that were previously presented as Moto X4 variants. They have fingerprint scanners on the front, and modular back plates - users will be able to swap out modules, including a "premium camera grip with optical zoom lens", a pico projector, and a module featuring stereo speakers. All in all, it looks like these handsets will give the modular LG G5 a run for its money.

Interestingly, Venture Beat reports that Verizon's Moto phones of this year should also have new names: they won't be called Droid Turbo or Droid Maxx, but Moto Z Play Droid Edition and Moto Z Style Droid Edition. However, at this point, nothing is official.

It's said that Motorola will announce the Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play in the first half of June, in San Francisco, during Lenovo Tech World 2016. Well, we're impatiently waiting to see what this new Moto series is all about.



sources: Venture Beat, @evleaks

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38 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Can't wait for the launch of this phone. IMO, the MOTO Z, and Galaxy note 6 (flat) will be the best phones in the world, possibly of all time..

11. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

It seems that Moto just exchanged roles with Sony

12. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Highly doubt about Moto Z but Note 6 for sure. Moto Z would be great but not the best phone.

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

"Droid Edition"...nice, VZW. These aren't the droids anyone is looking for.

3. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Lol... Moto and Sony trade names.. hahaha.... But I do not think it will make any difference for both...

4. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Sony: "You know what would make our product line sound cooler? Switch from 'Z' to 'X'!" Moto: "You know what would make our product line sound cooler? Switch from 'X' to 'Z'!" You're both wrong.

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It's a conspiracy LOL

6. NoAllegiance unregistered

Y...?

34. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Y not, Z and X

21. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Well they have the alphabet letters correct, both near the bottom.

22. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I think X sounds cooler, IDK why, but changing names is not what these brands need

7. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Should the phone be called Motorola Moto Z or Lenovo Moto Z ?

23. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

With the Moto G4 they're just calling it like that: Moto G4, no Lenovo, no Motorola

28. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

So I'm guessing it will just be Moto Z Pure

8. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

These are the reasons I think will make the Moto Z the best phone of all time.. That is if they all come true. 1.Shatterproof screen (Best in the mobile space) 2.Amoled screen 3.5.5" screen 4.QHD screen 5.Unreal Turbo Fast Charging 6.Crazy Thin (5.2mm) 7.Moto voice (Best in the mobile space) 8.Moto display (Best in the mobile space) 9.Moto assist (unique to only moto) 10.Moto'Mods (Best in the mobile space) 11.MicroSD Slot 12.Pico Projector (would be huge) 13.Camera grip with optical zoom and flash 14.Fingerprint scanner 15.USB C 16.Snapdragon 820 17.Metal (Absolutely) 18.Vanilla android with useful add ons 19.Customizable back plates 20.A fresh (and sexy) design (a welcome change)

15. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Shatter proof screen means making the screen out of plastic. I can scratch the screen of the droid with a pen. I'd rather have real glass rather than shatter proof crap.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Put a tempered glass screen protector on it. Then you only have to replace the protector instead of the display glass. I thought the Droid Turbo 2 already had that on it.

33. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Doing that will make any phone shatterproof. Which supports my argument that shatterproof phones are not much useful.

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

No, putting a tempered glass screen protector on a glass screen won't make it anymore shatterproof than putting a regular screen protector on a glass screen. There is no shatterproof glass built so far for phones. The harder the glass, like sapphire, the more scratch resistant it is. But it also makes it more prone to shattering. The lower the hardness, easier it will be to scratch, but the more flexible and shatter resistant it will be. The point was, have the phone's actual screen be shatterproof, but put a tempered glass protector on it to give you the feel of naked glass and give it scratch resistance. That way if it takes a drop, the only thing you'll have to replace is the screen protector which you can do yourself, unlike the display glass/plastic.

36. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

You're wrong. There are videos with hammer tests and only the above tempered glass breaks, the actual glass remaining unscathed.

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The ones I've seen are from the compa is selling them. While I have no doubt that they're better than a film protector, I don't buy it. As far as seeing is believing, I've seen a man suspended over the Grand Canyon by a hard hat attached with Krazy Glue.

38. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

If that's the case, then that makes the shatterproof coating somewhat useless. Any phone protected by additional tempered glass are unlikely to crack because the impact is taken by the tempered glass itself instead of the phone's screen glass.

39. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's not a shatterproof coating, they used plastic instead of glass for the screen. Plastic is far less likely to shatter than glass. They also use multiple layers. The top layer is actually a screen protector and replaceable. Many people who bought the Droid Turbo 2 were actually replacing the top layer so it didn't have the Verizon check logo on it.

16. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1259; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

NO 5.2 mm thin please.. Even if they defeated Physics and gave 10000mAh battery in 5.2mm thin body, I want a phone with 15000mAh battery on 7.5+mm body..

25. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Rumour has it the battery is 2600 mAh so it seems you're out of luck.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I came here to leave the same "Sony Moto trading names" comment that everyone else did. :P

13. sebstin

Posts: 186; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

What about Moto E?.. Hope there will be some 4-4.7" sized phones competing with Iphone SE..

27. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The future for compact high end Android phones isn't looking bright. Sony had the Z Compact series but since they ditched almost everything for the X line the chances for a Z6/7 Compact are uncertain. Samsung released the Galaxy Alpha in 2014, skipped over that and the midrange "Mini" line in 2015 (No S6 Mini), and in 2016 it has been rumoured a compact powerhouse in the works but nothing is official so I wouldn't count on it just yet. The rest of the manufacturers haven't ever had a compact high end phone (well, maybe Motorola with the Moto X in 2013, but that is debatable) and no rumours on a compact high end so there isn't any reason to expect one from any of them).

14. Pigaro

Posts: 87; Member since: May 15, 2016

Moto, Lenovo z, this phone will be free in my country, I swear

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well RIP in Moto X Pure Edition. The first and last great Motorola phone.

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