An all-new Motorola smartphone seems to be in the pipeline if a recent tweet from tech journalist and tipster, Roland Quandt, is anything to go by. According to Quandt, who goes by the handle @rquandt on the microblogging site, Motorola’s upcoming handset has an internal codename of ‘Cedric’ and will come with Android Nougat pre-installed. The device will likely be an entry-level one, although Mr. Quandt seemed unsure about its exact hardware specs. However, according to his tweet, the device will have multiple model numbers (XT1670 / XT1671 / XT1675 / XT1676) and come in at least two different configurations – one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and another with the same amount of RAM, but 32GB of storage. There’s no word on whether the device will have a microSD card slot, but it will come in single and dual-SIM options, and with a 2,800mAh removable battery.
'Cedric' has been listed on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) website as well, which tells us that it will be 144mm in length and 72mm in width, meaning, it is very likely going to have a 5-inch screen. Another point to note here is that the processor on the upcoming device is still unconfirmed, although Mr. Quandt says that it is likely to be the Snapdragon 430. If indeed that turns out to be the case, we’re looking at a fairly entry-level device that may very well replace or supplement one of the current-generation Moto E handsets that are in the market today. Either way, as mentioned already, the upcoming handset is said to come with pre-installed Android 7.0 Nougat, which should make it one of the first entry-level Motorola devices to feature the latest version of Android out-of-the-box.
Motorola, of course, will have quite a few of its smartphones running on Android Nougat in a few weeks’ time. Just the other day, the company revealed that it plans to update a slew of its recent devices to Android 7.0. The Lenovo-owned American brand already does a relatively decent job of updating its devices, and has already rolled out the newest version of Android to the Moto Z Droid and the Moto Z Force Droid. Users of some of the less expensive Moto devices will now be hoping that their devices, too, will get to taste latest flavor of Android at some stage going forward.