With the unveiling of the latest flagship out of Lenovo, the Moto Z, it seemed like the demise of the Moto X line was imminent. The Moto X line had been Motorola’s flagship for the last few years, with the Moto G and the Moto E representing mid-range and budget offerings. The launch of the Moto Z took the flagship status away from the Moto X Pure Edition, and no matter what marketing spin Lenovo tried to play when questioned about the future of the Moto X line, the death of the Moto X seemed all but guaranteed. We, however, may have been very wrong. If a recent GFXBench test showing a new Moto device is any indication, the Moto X is ready for new life.
Just today a listing on GFXBench popped up for an “XT1662,” and it looks like this may be the 2016 refresh of the Moto X line. The specs that accompany the test are:
- 4.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
- MediaTek MT6755 processor
- 3GB of RAM
- Mali-T860 GPU
- 32GB of internal storage
- 15MP / 7MP cameras
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
It looks like, if this is in fact a refresh of the Moto X Pure Edition, it will be more mid-range than last year’s version. It seems like an odd strategy with them having the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus as the mid-range offerings from the Moto brand. One would think having both these phones in the mid-range market would cannibalize sales. Who knows what the thinking behind this move goes. Maybe Lenovo sees room in the market for a smaller version of its latest flagship, the Moto Z, and that’s what this phone will be pushed as. Until we get an official reveal, it is impossible to know.
This device seems like a spiritual successor to Motorola’s first Moto X from all the way back in 2013. Back when other companies such as Samsung or LG were engaged in a heated spec war releasing massive phones, Motorola took it easy and released a modest 4.7-inch phone which they hoped to sell on the fact that it just worked, and worked much better than any other phone on the market. If this phone is going to have some really handy features, that strategy could appeal to some segment of the market.
Hopefully we get some official word on this phone soon as I am really interested to see if this device is in fact a new Moto X or if it’s just a Moto Z Mini.