The last time we saw a Moto X smartphone was towards the end of last year, in the form of the Moto X Style (or Moto X Pure Edition outside the US). Since then, rumors of an all-metal design and reports of Lenovo considering rebranding the Moto X to Moto Z have circulated.
Now, according to a leaked roadmap, we could expect a total of six Moto smartphones to hit the market next year, which include:
- Moto C (Lenovo / ODM)
- Moto E (Lenovo / ODM)
- Moto G (Motorola / Lenovo)
- Moto M (Lenovo)
- Moto X (Lenovo)
- Moto Z (Motorola)
It is believed that Motorola will oversee the design and engineering of the Moto G and Z series, with the remaining smartphones spearheaded by Lenovo. However, all work will still be carried out under the Motorola Mobility banner.
While detailed specifications have not been forthcoming, a leaked image provides an idea of what could be the anticipated Moto X handset. Sporting a metal chassis and a sizeable gap where the camera sensor and dual-LED flash would be installed, it's also expected that the smartphone will include a fingerprint scanner. The only other information known about the device is that it will come in silver and gold variants, with speculation that the Moto X would include a screen measuring up to 5.2 inches.
Earlier this year, benchmark results for a handset carrying the identifier XT1650, believed to be the next Moto X, were spotted on GeekBench. According to the results, the device packed a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 64-bit version of Android Marshmallow.
While those specifications would give the anticipated device a chance of holding its own against flagship smartphones from competing manufacturers, we will have to sit tight until Motorola officially announces its 2017 lineup before drawing final conclusions.