Ever lose your grip and watch in horror as your smartphone tumbles to the pavement and shatters in a million directions? Motorola feels your pain, apparently. According to prolific leaker @upleaks, the Lenovo subsidiary will soon launch a shock-absorbing complement to the Moto X Style capable of sustaining all manner of bumps, bruises, and scuffs … or scratches, at the very least.
The handset, appropriately dubbed the Moto Bounce, purportedly features shatter-proof glass and takes a few cues from Motorola’s refreshed Moto X series. Leaked images show the same elongated rear camera module, curved back, and button arrangement as found on the Moto X Style, and the rumored specifications aren’t all that dissimilar, either. @upleaks reports a a 5.43-inch QHD display, up to 64GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel camera, a 3760mAh battery, and a slight processor upgrade from Motorola’s current-gen flagship — the quad-core Snapdragon 810 versus the Style’s dual-core Snapdragon 808.
If the Moto Bounce rumors come to fruition, it wouldn’t be Motorola’s first ruggedized phone rodeo. The smartphone maker debuted the Droid Turbo, a souped-up version of the 2014 Moto X with thick, soft-touch rubber padding, late last year, and in 2012 launched the dustproof and water resistant Defy Pro. But the landscape’s grown increasingly competitive. Manufacturing company Caterpillar released the Military-rated Cat S40, which can withstand drops up to six feet without breaking, in July. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 active is dustproof, water-resistant, and packs a protective sheath to shield against impacts. And Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z5 is, like its predecessors, expected to sport a waterproof design.
Just how will the Moto Bounce measure up against its bevy of competitors? According to @upleaks, we’ll have to wait to find out — Motorola’s planning a December unveiling. That’s subject to change this far out, of course, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Motorola take the wraps up the Bounce in the next few weeks.