Motorola is set to refresh its lineup of smartphones for 2018 like many OEMs, and already nearly all of its announcements are leaking onto the web. Today via Droid-Life, we have renders of what’s supposedly the upcoming Moto Z3 and Z3 Play; Moto G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play; and X5. All of these smartphones seem to be adopting the recent introduction of the 18:9 aspect ratio with larger screens in smaller bodies.
Starting with Moto’s flagship offering, the Z3 and Z3 Play look to adopt longer screens in the same overall dimensions as last year’s Z2 and 2016’s Z. This is due to continued support for Moto Mods, the company’s modular ecosystem that lets users nap accessories on the back of their phones such as projectors, speakers, and battery packs. While Moto has to make sure the Mods fit, at least it isn’t stopping them from innovating on the front of the devices.
At least with the Z3, it looks like Moto will curve the screen on both the left and right sides, similar to what Samsung does with its Galaxy lineup. It’s unclear if this will add any additional functionality to the device. There’s also a weird white button on the bottom of nearly each of these phones’ screens which I have no idea what is. It could be a navigation key, it could be an in-display fingerprint reader, it could be really anything. For now, we’ll have to wait and see what unfolds.
As for specs, all we really know is there will be 6-inch 18:9 displays and Snapdragon 845 processors underneath. Batteries, RAM, storage capacities, and more are still unknown. We’re also uncertain as to whether there will be a Z3 Force or just a Z3 and Z3 Play. Only time will tell, I guess.
One final note: that Moto Z3 render seems to show off some type of Moto Mod that adds 5G capabilities. Whether it’s real or not has yet to be discovered, but if it is, it could be a good way to add modern technologies to older handsets.
Regarding the other smartphones in today’s leaks, we’re also getting our first glimpse at what should arrive next month during MWC 2018. Moto’s G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play will likely come with taller screens much like the Z3 and sport up to Full HD+ resolutions. They’ll be covered in the company’s 3D glass (as featured on the X4 last year) instead of metal. A rundown of supposed specs can be seen below.
- Moto G6: 5.7-inch Full HD+ display, Snapdragon 450, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, 3000mAh battery
- Moto G6 Plus: 5.93-inch Full HD+ display, Snapdragon 630, 3/4/6GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, 3200mAh battery
- Moto G6 Play: 5.7-inch HD display, 4000mAh battery
Fingerprint sensors on the front of the Moto G6 and G6 Plus will be present, while the sensor will move to the back for the G6 Play. It’s also worth noting there seem to be dual cameras on the handsets, although we’re uncertain. But at least from judging the photos present, I’d say this is true.
Also worth noting is the absence of the odd white button on the bottom of the screen.
Where this button makes a return is on the upcoming Moto X5 which appears to be the most interesting of the bunch. Rather sporting an average screen like the other handsets, the X5 will reportedly come with an iPhone X-style notch for housing things like the selfie camera, ambient light sensor, and earpiece. In return, the X5 will ship with an edge-to-edge screen which I’m sure will make for great marketing.
Droid-Life says the X5 will ship with a 5.9-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display and possibly four cameras, two on the front and two cameras on the back. Something called “Moto XP” which is probably similar to Google Assistant or Bixby will also be included, and so will a 3D glass build. Overall, this device looks pretty stellar. Here’s to it being even better than last year’s disappointing X4.
While all of these leaks and rumors are exciting, it’s worth mentioning Droid-life received them through a single source and hasn’t been able to verify them with any other source. Therefore, take these images and information mentioned with a grain of salt. That being said, 2018 looks pretty promising for Motorola.