We’re rapidly approaching the time of year when a whole slew of smartphones get announced, and though Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will probably dominate the news, there’s plenty of other brands lining up their contenders too. Today, Motorola’s lineup for 2018 seems to have been outed, with images of the upcoming Moto X5, Moto G6 and Moto Z3 appearing online.
The Moto G range is fast shaping as Moto’s most popular handset, and we’ve now seen renders of what could be the Moto G6 lineup. It’s inspired quite a bit by the 2017 Moto X4 design, with the metal rear dropped for a glass back.
The trend in 2018 seems to be 18:9 displays, and the Moto G6 will feature a 5.7-inch 1080p screen with fairly slim bezels in what Moto is calling their borderless display. That said, the bottom bezel here remains somewhat thick, to encompass the fingerprint sensor.
Powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor with either 3/4 GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage, the Moto G6 will also feature a 12MP rear camera complemented by a second 5MP. There’s also a larger 16MP front-facing camera and it’s powered by a 3,000 mAh battery.
The G6 Plus has an identical design save for a larger 5.93-inch display, Snapdragon 630, and slightly larger 3,200 mAh battery.
Meanwhile, the G6 Play adopts the same design but moves to a rear fingerprint scanner that is fittingly integrated into the Motorola “batwing” logo just underneath the single rear camera. Despite this, there’s still a noticeably tall chin that sticks to “moto” branding underneath the 5.7-inch display. Its standout feature is a larger 4,000 mAh battery.
Of most interest to me — given my continued enjoyment of the Moto X4 — is the leak of the updated model. Though the Moto X4 was – objectively – not all that special, in 2018 it looks like it will see a significant improvement. It will share the Moto G6 “borderless” display, but it seems it will lose the front-mounted fingerprint sensor to make way for that gorgeous screen. There’s also a notch at the top – iPhone X style – to house a dual-camera front-facing module as well as the earpiece.
The notch will not be as prominent as on some other phones, with Motorola opting to hide the hardware element with black status bars showing the signal and battery indicators, as well as time. There is a minimal a bottom bezel where “motorola” is printed. Other software elements include an iPhone X-like gesture bar that will likely be for Moto’s “one button nav” mode.
Besides these changes, the Moto X5 doesn’t look that different, retaining the Moto X4’s glass rear and circular camera bump, dual lenses and flash. While the fingerprint sensor is likely on the rear now, it’s not immediately clear.
Last, but by no means least, is Motorola’s flag-bearer series. It looks like the Moto Z range will see the same incremental jump to Z3, with the range likely to include a Z3, Z3 Play and perhaps something extra. Design-wise, the first two will feature 6-inch FHD+ 18:9 displays with curved corners and edges, in a layout not dissimilar to the Galaxy S8 from Samsung.
The third device is a bit of an unknown; its likely to feature a higher-resolution screen and the class-leading Snapdragon 845 processor. Not likely to come until later in the year, not much else is known beyond the continued compatibility with Moto Mods, and dual front-facing cameras. We’re not likely to learn too much about this last addition until MWC at the very earliest.
As for the rest of these phones, it’s likely that Motorola will showcase some or all of these at Mobile World Congress next month, as a good number of last year’s models were shown off at last year’s event in the same fashion. We’ll be in the ground to bring you all the details as they’re announced.