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Moto X 2016 rumor round-up: shatterproof screen, metallic modular design and more

In Op-Ed, Tech by Viv0 Comments

The Moto X 2016 is the star of the week apparently, as last week’s leak showcasing the Moto X 2016 back panel started the rumor mill down quite an interesting path. Since we reported about the new metal redesign the Moto X 2016 is rumored to come with, a handful of new leaks have surfaced discussing more features that we should expect of the phone and the first Moto X 2016 front-panel has also been leaked in a photo so we can get a better idea of what the upcoming handset will look like.

Last week, I spoke a bout how it would be marvelous to get a look at the Moto X 2016 front, considering the leaked metal back panel looked quite interesting. Yesterday, my wish came true as MobileXPose stumbled upon a photo of the front panel of the Moto X 2016 and shared it with Android fans. We can’t tell much about the handset based on the leaked photo, but we can however estimate a few things like its size. Moreover, the source also shared a few particularities about the Moto X 2016 display which suggest that the handset will feature a shatterproof screen similar to the one we’ve seen on the Droid Turbo 2. Hopefully, this time it will be a real shatterproof screen, not the easily-scratchable panel that was on the Droid Turbo 2 that drew complaints from hundreds of fans.

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The shatterproof front panel of the Moto X 2016 bears a few characteristics that help us determine a few of the features the new handset will sport when it is launched. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the front under a moto logo, which suggests that the Moto X 2016 like the upcoming Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, will sport biometric security. It kinda seems commonplace though, since most other manufacturers have also adopted the technology in their mid-range and flagship offerings. There don’t seem to be capacitative keys up front, so the consensus right now is that the Moto X 2016 will feature on-screen buttons, which is something Android users usually enjoy on flagships.

Moreover, there are quite a few cutouts on the Moto X 2016 display, two big ones in each corner, a big speaker slit up top right next to what seems like a camera cutout. It doesn’t seem like the handset will feature a flash for the front-camera, but it might come with new audio technology similar to the HTC 10, for example.  Renders of the Moto X 2016 showcase the handset with a sleek metal design and magnetic nits on the back panel, which would be two big innovations for Motorola’s Moto X line-up of devices. There’s not much we can tell about the resolution, but judging by the way the handset is sitting in the palm of the person in the leaked photo, the screen size might be 5.5-inches. There’s a possibility that Lenovo will launch both a Moto X 2016 and a Moto X Plus, and right now, they’re rumored to be called the Moto X4 and Moto X4 Plus. These variants will differ more in hardware, rather than size and design, though.

Another interesting Moto X 2016 leak suggests that the new handset will go down the modular path treaded already by the LG G5, which sounds like an interesting option for Lenovo. Many say the LG G5 design is a bit bulky, so if the Moto X 2016 renders are accurate and we are looking at a modular smartphone, Moto might have done a better job than LG at making the device user-friendly, future-proof and premium at the same time. The magnetic nits of the back panel are what give away the new feature according to Evan Blass on VentureBeat, the leakster suggesting that there will be a Vector Thin version and a Vertex version of the Moto X 2016. each with different hardware specifications and compatibility with modular back panels that add functionality to the handset.

Unfortunately, information about modules that will be made for the Moto X 2016 is scarce at the moment. We do know that the modules themselves will be called Amps, and the simplest one, a colorful module that doesn’t functionality, will be free of charge with a purchase of the Moto X 2016. Nonetheless, we can assume that we’ll be getting a battery module to increase battery life of the handset. It’s also possible that Motorola will launch another back panel module with a custom camera module. Most likely, the company will launch quite a few different options when it comes to modules and we’ll find out more at the Moto G4 launch next week. It’s also possible for the Moto X 2016 release date to coincide with the Moto G4 launch, although most rumors suggest an August release date for the flagship handset. Some say we might even see these handsets on June 9 at a Lenovo Tech World event, which would be just as fitting.

Under the hood, not much has changed since we last spoke about the Moto X 2016 specs, rumors suggesting that the Vector Thin model will have a 5.5-inch QuadHD display, Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4 GB RAM, up to 128 GB internal storage, 4000 mAh battery, 16 MP camera with OIS and laser autofocus and of course modular support. The Vertex model will be an inferior build with a 5.5-inch FullHD display, Snapdragon 625 CPU, 3 GB RAM, up to 64 GB internal storage, 3500 mAh battery, 13 MP  camera with OIS and laser autofocus and once again, modular support. Differences in design between the Moto X 2016 Vector Thin and Vertex will probably be minimal, the Thin model being a bit thinner, naturally, than the other one.

The Moto X 2016 release is interesting and while we still have to wait to find out more regarding availability and pricing, we’re already excited to see the second modular smartphone getting launched in the U.S. Since LG’s model isn’t doing as well as the company had predicted, Motorola has a chance at impressing those interested in modular design by associating these Amps with a premium design that’s supposed to represent the new ideals of the company after the Motorola acquisition.

Viv

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