Motorola's first smartphone to feature a Samsung-made Exynos chipset will be the Moto P40, according to a recent report from 91mobiles claiming to have obtained a list of hardware specifications for the unannounced device.
The source reveals that the sequel to last year's Moto P30 will employ the Exynos 9610 chipset instead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 and that it will launch in multiple memory configurations including 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, as well as 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB or 128GB of onboard memory.
The upcoming Moto P40 will be powered by a larger 3,500mAh battery up from the P30's 3,000mAh unit, and the report also mentions that this year's sequel will be upgraded to include NFC connectivity. Much like last year's model, the Moto P40 is expected to carry two rear-facing cameras, one of which is said to have been bumped to a resolution of 48-megapixels, up from the last generation's 16-megapixel sensor.
The leaked spec list concludes here, however, there is one conflicting bit of information regarding the SoC and camera configuration. Specifically, the report hints at a 48-megapixel rear-facing camera but the Exynos 9610 chipset supports only dual 16-megapixel main cameras, or single 24-megapixel rear-facing and front-facing cameras. Having said that, either the information regarding the main shooter or chipset model is seemingly incorrect.
Assuming that the Moto P40 will be powered by the Exynos 9610, the chipset does feature a deep-learning vision image processing unit, as well as a neural-network engine designed to analyze faces and objects. It relies on four ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz, coupled with four additional ARM Cortex-A53 cores with a maximum frequency of 1.7GHz, and the CPU is paired with a Mali-G72 MP3 graphics chip. The package supports LPDDR4x memory, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity.
As for other aspects surrounding the Moto P40, renders leaked over the past couple of months indicate that the device will no longer have a rectangular display notch, and instead it will feature a punch-hole cutout on the upper-left corner of the screen, similar to the Samsung Galaxy A8s. However, if the device will indeed rely on this design language, it's unclear whether the OEM acquired the panels from Samsung itself, effectively making the Moto P40 a non-Samsung device equipped with the Infinity-O display, or if the panel has been supplied by some other company.
Rumors also suggest that Motorola has a second Exynos-powered smartphone in the works, but time will tell if it will be a part of this year's Moto P series. The Moto P30 was launched last year in three main variants including the standard model as well as the Moto P30 Play and P30 Note, so perhaps the Moto P40 will be accompanied by a couple of variations of its own, one of which could be powered by Samsung's chipset solution. Outside of China, the Moto P30 series was introduced as the Moto One, thus it's likely that the Moto P40 will also be branded differently if it will be launched in more markets.