Motorola (Lenovo) didn’t release a Moto X this year, instead we got the Moto Z, the 4th Gen Moto G series, the Moto E3 Power, and the Moto M; even though we kept getting rumors that Motorola was still going to release a Moto X 2016.
Less than 48 hours to the end of the year and leaks for a phone said to be the Moto X (2017). The leaks which were released by @OnLeaks who is known for his track record of posting accurate leaks, also includes a 360° video of the upcoming phone.
On first look, what you’ll notice is that the Moto X (2017) is not sporting that ugly square fingerprint scanner present on the Moto Z series and Moto G4 Plus. It now has that pill-like design that can be found on Samsung phones. However, this one appears to be shorter and bigger, probably in a bid to compliment the big bezel its sitting on. The Moto X (2017) also brings back the audio jack which is positioned at the bottom of the phone.
The Moto X (2017) does share some design features with the Moto Z such as the rear camera and the position of the front shooter and sensor. Surprisingly, it does not have the connector pins found on the Moto Z, which means the phone won’t be able to make use of Moto Mods. The Moto X (2017) also lacks the thin design (it’s 9.2mm thick, measuring the camera bump) of the Moto Z which is really thin at 5.2mm. We hope the extra thickness is to allow for a larger battery.
@OnLeaks mentions that the Moto X will be bringing back features like the audio jack mentioned above and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The phone will also be ditching the USB Type-C port and will have a micro USB port in its place. There are a no stereo front-facing speakers like last year’s model and no dual cameras too.
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Chances are that the Moto X (2017) might be announced at next week’s CES or scheduled for a MWC release instead, which holds in February. There are no details yet about the processor, RAM, ROM and the camera configuration, but if it is going to be a flagship device instead of a watered-down Moto Z that it is shaping up to be, the Snapdragon 821 SoC should be the appropriate chip in it.