Motorola’s 2018 lineup of smartphones was leaked earlier this year, but it now looks like one of the members is being cut out amidst multiple layoffs in the company’s engineering division. According to multiple reports such as 9to5Google‘s, Moto has laid off up to a half of its engineering staff in Chicago, leading to the shuttering of the sequel to last year’s Moto X4, the Moto X5.
If you recall, the Moto X5 was rumored to come with a similar rear design to last year’s model but with a bigger 5.9-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, minimal bezels, and (you guessed it!) a notch for holding things like the earpiece, selfie camera, and more. However, as reported first by Android Police, it doesn’t look like this is happening anymore. Rather, Moto will focus more on its E, G, and Z series of phones. AP notes the X brand could come back in the future, but that remains uncertain for the time being.
Moto’s also reportedly giving up on extravagant Moto Mods
Additionally, Android Police also says Motorola will be focusing more attention on its Moto Mods that it knows can turn a profit. This basically means we’ll likely see more practical Mods come out of the gate such as additional speakers and battery packs rather gamepads and projectors. It is worth noting a VR headset is currently being planned, however, so Moto may not be done with eccentric Mods just yet.
That all being said, things still remain super unclear as to what Motorola is doing behind the scenes. The company’s refusing to talk to the public about this so we’ll have to play it by ear and see what happens. We’ll let you know when we know more.