A new Motorola smartphone bearing model number XT1723 has been cleared by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), paving the way for its possible release in the U.S. at some stage going forward. While Lenovo is yet to say anything about this upcoming device, reports in the online tech media suggest that this may very well be the fourth-generation Moto E handset from the American brand now owned by Chinese tech giant Lenovo. If that is indeed the case, it will be an entry-level smartphone that will replace the Moto E3 (XT1706), which was launched last year along with the Moto E3 Power. The FCC Listing, as expected, doesn't give away a whole lot about the hardware specs of the upcoming smartphone, but it does reveal that the device will ship with just 16GB of built-in storage, but carry a rather large 4,000mAh battery.
Lenovo's Moto E devices are positioned at the entry-level, with prices typically starting at just over $100, making them fairly affordable in most regions around the world. The line was introduced back in 2014 as a cheaper alternative to the best-selling Moto G, which was already priced at a fairly modest level for the hardware on offer. Since then, the company has launched a couple more Moto E handsets in the subsequent years, with the Moto E3 and Moto E3 Power being the company's latest entry-level offerings that were launched late last year. While we haven't seen a lot of leaks about the fourth-generation Moto E handset, it probably won't be long before new info starts poring in, now that Lenovo seems to be prepping its launch in the coming months.
This year has already seen the launch of multiple Motorola handsets, including the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, both of which were released earlier this months in many regions around the world. Their predecessors – the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus – reportedly did brisk business in many emerging markets, so Lenovo would probably be hopeful that its latest mid-rangers will be able to keep up the momentum going forward. The company also apparently has at least a couple more devices in the pipeline, including the XT1750 & XT1754, both of which reportedly received their Wi-Fi certifications just last week. Some sections of the media apparently believe that the two devices will hit the market as Moto X 2017 or Moto C / Moto C Plus, although, there's no official word from Lenovo on this matter.