Motorola has been passed around quite a bit in recent history. But that hasn’t stopped the company from consistently producing solid, good-looking phones. The Moto X range has been a constant delight these past three years, and 2016’s release looks to be no exception with the latest set of leaked images.
The Moto X 2016 — like most handsets these days — has leaked A LOT ahead of its official unveiling, which is happening on May 17. Like most of its peers it will rock Qualcomm’s awesome Snapdragon 820 and feature a raft of updates to its specs and hardware, as well as a few choice design changes.
And thanks to serial phone leaker HelloMotoHK we now have a pretty good idea about what the Moto X 2016 will look like, as you can see below in the two leaked renders of the handset. There's also the main image for this article which came from the same source, however, this handset is the Verizon "Droid" branded build of the Moto X 2016, but of course that simply means it's a slightly tweaked and carrier locked version rather than being vastly different in design and specs. The most significant thing about that is the crazy and bright artistic design to the rear panel which contrasts quite a bit with the below plain colurs. Previously Motorola has allowed user customisation via its Moto Maker webstore portal, while other models in its portfolio have feature removable and swappable back cover designs.
As of May 10, a set of specs and details has leaked online courtesy of sources speaking to Venturebeat, also revealed is the suggestion that the Moto X 2016 will feature a modular backplate design to allow for accessories, similar to the LG G5. According to the details, the two handsets pictured below are not the same model; there will reportedly be two Moto X handsets just like last year (Moto X Style and Moto X Play). The white one is allegedly codenamed Vertex, and the sort of dark gold/black one is called Vector Thin, but as these are both development names they will of course be called something different when they launch.
The Vector Thin is reportedly the lead model with the higher-end specs, following on from the Moto X Style from 2015, it will apparently have an extremely thin bodyshell at a mere 5.2mm! It also has a 5.5in QHD AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3-4GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, 2,600mAh battery and a 13MP camera.
Meanwhile, the Vertex seems to be a lower-spec edition similar to the Moto X Play, with a 5.5in 1080p AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 16MP camera and a 3,500mAh battery. So although some of the specs are lower, it does have a bigger battery and a higher-rated camera sensor, the body is slightly thicker at 7mm too. There are reportedly two variants either with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or 3GB RAM with 32GB of storage.
Now this is where things get really interesting; both phones will feature magnetic attachment points on the rear to allow for a range of accessories to attach, called "Amps". The mysterious connector at the bottom is apparently where the modules will link with the phone. So far there are Amps for stereo speakers, a camera module with flash and optical zoom, a pico projector, an expanded battery pack, and a rugged cover with a wide-angle lens - this is just Motorola's offering at launch too, as the feature will be open to third-party developers. Yes, it is very LG G5!
At first we were unsure if this meant the backplates were removable, but apparently they are, as each phone will ship with a detachable coloured backplate to demonstrate how the tech works.
The most notable — and visible — thing about the Moto X 2016 appears to be its main camera, which looks like it protrudes slightly from the phone’s chassis. The flash is also pretty unique looking, sitting just below the main sensor in a flattened off fashion which looks very tidy indeed.
Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait. The Moto X 2016 will get official on May 17.