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Purported Next-Gen Moto E Surfaces On GFXBench

March 31, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

As you probably already know, Motorola is expected to introduce Moto E, Moto G, Moto X Play and Moto X Pure successors in the coming months. Now, judging by the company’s previous releases, the Moto E will come first, and will be followed by the rest of the listed devices. The 2nd-gen Moto E (2015) was announced in February last year, which essentially means that the company is already late with the Moto E (2016) announcement. We were actually wondering when will the company unveil this handset, and what specs it will sport. We still don’t know the answer to the first question, but it seems like the next-gen Moto E surfaced on GFXBench recently, read on.

If you take a look at the gallery down below, you’ll notice there are two images in there. These are listings for Lenovo XT1700 and XT1706, and even though the listing says Lenovo, these are quite certainly ‘Moto’ devices (XT followed by four numbers, just like previous models). Now, you might recall that Lenovo announced that the ‘Motorola’ naming will cease to exist, and that they plan to release ‘Moto’ devices under the ‘Lenovo Moto’ brand. We don’t know when will that happen, but this listing might be the first hint we have, and the Moto E might be the first device to launch under that brand. Anyhow, these two variants of the device carry the same specs, and judging by those specs we’re looking at the Moto E (2016). According to this info, the Moto E (2016) will feature a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The device will be fueled by MediaTek’s MT6735P 64-bit quad-core SoC clocked at 1GHz, and the Mali-T720 GPU will be in charge of graphics rendering. The 8-megapixel snapper will be placed on the back of this device, and a 5-megapixel shooter will be available up front. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will come out of the box here, and judging by Motorola’s previous devices, the company will add some rather functional features to Google’s OS.

Keep in mind we cannot confirm this is the next-gen Moto E handset, but judging by the specs, and the timing of this listing, chances are it is. The second-gen Motorola Moto E was fueled by the Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core SoC, and it seems like Lenovo plans to incorporate MediaTek’s chip in the third iteration of the company’s entry-level device. Anyhow, stay tuned, we’ll let you know if anything else surfaces.