Since Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, the Moto brand has released a whole bunch smartphones over the past several months. The list includes a number of devices in the all-new Moto Z-series that come with a whole host of optional third-party modules, including a Hasselblad True Zoom Camera, an Incipio offGRID 2,220 mAh battery case, a JBL SoundBoost speaker and a custom Insta-Share projector. Moto’s 2016 lineup also includes the old favorite Moto G, which this time around, came in a number of different models at slightly different price points. There are also a few options for those wanting even more affordable devices, with the entry-level Moto E also spawning a couple offshoots this year.
While one would have thought that there is already enough Moto phones now available to cover all the bases, rumors coming out of China over the past few months seem to indicate that the company is planning to launch yet another new line of smartphones that’s expected to cater to the mid-range and entry-level segments in emerging markets. The line, believed to be named Moto M, will apparently have at least two devices right from the get-go: the Moto M and the Moto M Plus. While alleged specs and images of the Moto M Plus had leaked last week, it is now apparently the turn of the Moto M to reveal itself through leaked images posted online.
Codenamed “Kung-Fu”, the Moto M will apparently have the model number XT1662, and is expected to be a mid-range offering if the rumored spec sheet is anything to go by. According to earlier rumors, the device will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display panel, and will be powered by a MediaTek MT6755 SoC that comes with an integrated 64-bit octa-core 2.1GHz CPU and the Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. The smartphone is also rumored to come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while the battery is said to be a 3,000 mAh unit. The handset is expected to feature an aluminum unibody design, but unlike any other Motorola smartphone, the fingerprint scanner is expected to be positioned on the rear. On the software side of things, Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is expected to run the show.