While the Lenovo-owned Motorola seems to have done justice to the design of the recently launched Moto X4, it wasn't innovative or revolutionary in any way. More importantly, it was no Moto X, so it's not exactly worthy of that 'X' title either. But fear not Moto X fans, as it now appears that that revolutionary successor to the original Moto X lineup, may arrive with the upcoming Moto X5.
A couple of leaked images obtained by DroidLife, show what appear to be the slides of a presentation, with well-rendered handsets that appear to be variants of the currently available Moto X4 smartphone.
The oddest looking one out of the four has to be the handset marked as the Moto X5.
It looks like a Moto X4, and even showcases a dual camera setup at the rear, but features a very Apple-esque all-screen display. While the styling is typically Motorola, we can't help but notice two similarities that remind us of the iPhone X.
There's the notch at the top, that appears to house two cameras on either side of the earpiece. And where there's a notch... there's also, facial recognition (unless you happen to be as generous as Samsung).
Another interesting bit about this Moto X5 that makes it rather special is the user interface. While it looks like your typical, almost stock Moto UX, we took a closer look and noticed something different.
The device features a bezel-less design meaning that Motorola had to get rid of two features (hardware and software) on the front face. The first one was fingerprint reader that now seems to be replaced by facial recognition feature (there's no fingeprint reader on the back, just a logo) using the two cameras in the notch at the top of the display. The second bit would be the home button, which has been absent on Motorola's recent smartphones with the Android navigation bar taking charge. While the company could have gone with the typical software bar at the bottom, it's not to be found.
In all probability, Motorola may have come up with a new UI for the X5, allowing for swipe gestures, just like on the iPhone X.
So yes, the Moto X5, if launched, could indeed introduce a new way for users to interact with an Android-powered smartphone (kind of reminds us of BBOS 10 and it swipes).
As for the expected specifications, you could be looking at a 5.9-inch FHD+ display with rounded corners, as for the rest, you will have to wait.
Next up, are what appear to be some budget to mid-range smartphones with the G branding. This would include the Moto G6, the Moto G6 Plus and the Moto G6 Play.
As you would already know, the Moto G series has switched from an all-plastic construction to a more mature metal and plastic mix. So the next step clearly would be the shift to glass and metal.
With that said all three smartphones feature glass panels on the front and rear, with a metal frame sandwiched in between, and look a lot like the Moto X4. The rear glass has a 3D design, and this applies to the X5 as well.
What's different is the placement of the fingerprint reader. The Moto G6 and G6 Plus feature a fingerprint reader on the front below the display, while the G6 Play pushes it to the back, where there appears to be a clear inset for the scanner with the Moto logo.
Motorola will adopt 18:9 ratio displays on the G6 (5.7-inch) and G6 Plus (5.93-inch) in Full HD+ resolution. Expect to see a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 for the G6, a 630 SoC for the G6 Plus. The G6 will be available in 3 GB/32 GB and 4 GB/ 64 GB RAM/storage variants, while the G6 Plus will be available in 3 GB/32 GB and 4 GB/ 64 GB RAM and a 6 GB RAM variant with 64 GB of internal storage.
As for the camera, G6 gets a 16 MP front camera and a 12 MP+5MP setup at the back, while the Plus gets a 16 MP selfie camera and a 12 MP + 5 MP setup at the rear. Details are sparse on the Moto G6 Play and all we have for now is the battery capacity rated at 4,000 mAh.
It will indeed be interesting to see what SoC will take up residence inside the Moto X5.
The launch of all the above handsets and the recently leaked out Moto E5 is expected to take place at the Mobile World Congress to be held in February.
Moto could have something special here if it includes a Snapdragon 845 inside, but from what we know Samsung called dibs on those SoCs a long time ago.