As spotted by Priceraja, Lenovo has officially gotten a possibly upcoming smartphone called the Moto E3 Power approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The listing appeared on the latter’s website and seems to indicate what kind of OS it will run and which model number will be assigned to it.
There’s not much to go by on this sheet, however we do know the model number is XT1706 and that this Moto E3 Power will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Almost three months ago, GSMarena released a report with leaked benchmarks from GFXBench which stated that one of two different devices would carry this same model number and run the exact same software mentioned here. The older report also says that this new handset will feature a 5-inch 1280×720 HD display, a MediaTek MT6735P SoC with a 1GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video support, autofocus, and a flash, a 5MP front camera and 16GB of storage presumably expandable via microSD card. Plus, given the branding of this leaked device via Priceraja, there’s likely to be two different devices announced alongside each other with one (probably) being a Moto E3 and another the E3 Power. This would line up with the previous leak as there was two devices leaked there also.
All in all, I’m beginning to think the third-gen Moto E could seriously be happening. For a while now, I’ve believed that the Moto G4 Play would be the replacement of the lineup of E smartphones as we haven’t seen/heard anything about a third-gen E from Lenovo all this year (y’know, other than that other report). I understand that Lenovo said the device family isn’t dead, however I thought that was just a trick when they announced the G4 Play. Nonetheless, it’s nice to see the E family not dead after all and, in fact, getting refreshed sometime in the near future.
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