The much anticipated Motorola Moto X (2016) is the fourth generation in the esteemed Moto X series. The smartphone manufacturer has a good track record with their new generations. Here's what we know so far about the Moto X (2016) release date, price, specs and features.
The Moto X (2016) release date has not yet been set. It may fall in spring or summer, but as previous Moto X smartphones haven't followed a clear release pattern, it's a little hard to predict.
The Moto X Style launched with a starting price of $399 so it would be reasonable to expect that the Moto X (2016) price could be around $400-450. This price would follow fairly regular pricing from Motorola in the past.
Moto X (2016) specs
The Moto X (2016) is rumored to come equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. The photo below, leaked by the Chinese site Techweb, shows the internals of the handset, including a heat pipe.
In the photo, the heat pipe is copper-colored and L-shaped and runs from the top of the photo down the right hand side. This pipe could allow heat to be dissipated away from areas that generally overheat and improve the problem of overheating. U-shaped heat pipes have been used on a larger scale in PCs over the last couple years, so it is logical to conclude that this might be the case with the upcoming Moto X.
Lenovo Group SVP Chen Xudong recently revealed details about the screen size of upcoming Motorola products. When asked if the first generation smaller screen size of 4.7 inches would be available, he stated that all mobile screens will be a minimum of 5 inches. That leaves a lot of room for bigger sizes but at least it gives us a minimum to start with. The Moto X Pure Edition had a 5.7-inch screen, the Moto X Play was 5.5 inches, and the Moto X Force was 5.4 inches so the Moto X (2016) could fall somewhere in that range.
Moto X (2016) design
A leaked photo from the Chinese site Wapvnet shows the Moto X with a metallic frame and a camera on the back. It looks different from previous models but it is difficult to discern details because the photo is a little dark.
The stereo speakers appear to be at the bottom of the back, and it looks as though the volume rockers could be on the right-hand side when holding the phone from the front.
The logo appears to be more or less in a similar place to previous editions of the Moto X and could be relative to the size of the camera. In the photo the logo is flat, which is different from the depressed logos in previous editions.
Are you excited about the Moto X (2016)? What new things would you like to see?