Motorola will be launching the next generation of its popular Moto G series of smartphones next week, at its May 17 event in India. The release date of the next generation Moto X smartphone however is not known. In the meanwhile, multiple leaks have come forward that reveal details and images of the smartphones.
Let’s start with the new Moto G, which is anticipated to be called the Moto G (Gen 4) or Moto G4. Its higher-specced variant – the Moto G4 Plus – has also been leaked in the past, and is part of the latest leak as well. It was previously tipped to sport a fingerprint sensor. The new leak via WinFuture.de’s Roland Quandt on Twitter points to what appears to be the Zauba listing of the two smartphones.
Zauba, a tracking website for imports and exports to and from India, hints at the ‘Athene’ codename for the two smartphones, which are also said to be ‘Made in India’. This may of course, refer to just assembling within the country. Based on the leak, the Moto G (Gen 4) aka Moto G4 is anticipated to feature 2GB of RAM, 16GB of inbuilt storage, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The Moto G4 on the other hand is expected to sport 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, and a 16-megapixel rear camera complete with laser autofocus. Both smartphones appear to sport NFC connectivity.
In the meanwhile, images of the Moto X (2016) and its US-only Droid counterpart for Verizon have leaked via HelloMotoHK’s Google+ account. The two variants seem to share some similarity in design, with the biggest differences appearing to be a differently shaped home button, a slightly different rear speaker layout, and the presence of the Droid logo.
moto_x_2016_droid_variant_hellomotohk.jpgThe Moto X (2016) and its Droid counterpart both bear a protruding rear camera module with what appears to be a flat tire design similar to the Moto 360 smartwatches. The bottom bit is anticipated to house the dual-LED flash module. Other notable design choices include discrete volume and power buttons on the panel. The rear speaker setup on the Moto X variant may in fact not be speakers at all, with gold finish tipping they might be pins for a docking station instead, similar to the Moto Atrix. We’ll have to wait and see if that is indeed the case.