Motorola’s 2017 lineup gets leaked
Remember when Motorola had a simple three-device lineup: E, G, and X? Those days are no more, and a leaked presentation slide courtesy of master leakster @evleaks is here to prove it. According to this, Moto will now have five levels of smartphones, each with their own target buyers.
This news follows yesterday’s leaked video of the Moto X4, which revealed that 2017’s resurrection of the X line would feature a Snapdragon 660, a sizable 3800mAh battery, and IP68 water resistance. In fact, this shot appears to be from the same exact angle that the video was taken at, meaning that it could come from the same source.
The lineup starts off with the Moto C and C Plus, which represent ‘Unlimited Essentials.’ The C will come with a 5.0″ 480p display and 4G (presumably, as 3G wouldn’t be anything to brag about), and the C Plus will have a 5.0″ 720p display and a 4000mAh battery. Interestingly, the C Plus doesn’t appear to have a larger screen than the standard C.
It then moves up to the E line (‘Unlimited Value’) with the E and E Plus. The E sports a 5.0″ 720p screen, 2.5D curved glass, and a fingerprint sensor (a first for the E line). The E Plus will have a 5.5″ 720p unit, as well as a massive 5000mAh battery. It’s fair to assume that the Plus will also have that 2.5D glass and fingerprint sensor on board.
The G line (‘Unlimited Premium’), which was already refreshed for this year, will come in the form of the gS and gS+. The gS will have a 5.2″ 1080p display (0.2″ larger than the G5’s) and a full metal body, while the gS+ will come with a 5.5″ 1080p unit (0.3″ larger than the G5 Plus’s) and a dual camera setup. I’d like to take a moment here to make fun of Moto’s branding, we all know the ‘moto gS+’ will inevitably be referred to as the ‘Moto G5S Plus.’ And what’s with the ‘+’ here instead of the ‘plus’ wording on the outgoing G5 Plus, as well as the E Plus and C Plus? The marketing team needs to take a break.
Then, there’s the X4 that we saw yesterday. Moto is tagging this one as “Unlimited Perfection.’ It’ll have a 5.2” 1080p display (not a 5.5-incher, as previously reported) and the aforementioned curved edges and ‘SmartCam.’ Here comes another branding rant: the phone is being referred to as the ‘x’ here, even though it’s officially called ‘moto x⁴’ and will always be referred to as ‘Moto X4.’ Get it together, Motorola.
Lastly, the Z line (‘Unlimited Capabilities’) will feature the Z Play and the Z Force. The Z Play will feature a 5.5″ 1080p display (same as the current Z Play’s) and Moto Mods support, and the Z Force will feature ShatterShield (shatterproof plastic screen), Moto Mods support, and gigabit LTE. That last note means that the Force will have the Snapdragon 835 or better, as it’s the only chipset currently that has the X20 modem.
So… yeah. There’s Motorola’s entire 2017 lineup. The Moto M isn’t there, but I’d assume that’s because the M won’t be sold in whichever region this presentation was shown at. It should be interesting to see how all these devices work out for Lenovorola.