Those of you looking to upgrade to a new Motorola device may be in luck with releases in the near future. Words and images this week suggest that Motorola is ramping up toward not only a new Moto X, but a series of DROID devices for Verizon as well. A Moto G release is stuck in there somewhere as well - all of these releases set for non-traditional street dates.
With all the changes Motorola has been going through over the past couple of years, it’s not surprising to see their release schedule change year-to-year. Here’s how the last generation appeared:
This week we’re seeing two sets of photos and a word from behind the scenes at Verizon. This includes the next-generation for the Moto X in the Moto X+1, the next Moto G in the XT 1068, and chatter on the next set of Droid devices.
Coming from Android Police is the following set of leaked photos. These images appear to corroborate earlier reports that the Moto X+1 would include a similar look to the Moto X, but with a massive lens array on its back.
You’ll also see the return of woodgrain backing. This suggests that Motorola - even under Lenovo - will be bringing the Moto Maker suite back for this next-generation Moto X for customizations aplenty.
This device will also likely work with an enhanced display and camera technology well beyond that of the previous generation. We’ll also expect a far smaller effort from Google to support this device as one of their own.
XT 1068 the next Moto G
From Mallando Android there’s one extremely convincing image of the XT 1068, a budget Motorola smartphone with the following specifications:
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor - ARM V7 (VFPv4 NEON) CPU, Adreno 305 GPU
5-inch Display at 1280 x 720 pixels, 320PPI
Back-facing 8-megapixel camera
Compare that to the Moto E and you’ve got another winner for both the USA and international markets. This is another contender in the race to the bottom.
Back in July of 2013, Motorola and Verizon signed a contract which put the former in the exclusive position to make Droids. This just means that Verizon’s licensing of the Lucasfilm-owned brand name with Verizon for the future.
This week comes a tip from TK Tech that Verizon is preparing management training documentation for this week which shows "Unnamed Droid devices." TK also suggests that Verizon will get the Moto X+1 before any other carrier.