Since the start of the Lenovo and Motorola combination four years ago, Motorola has released several Moto X devices and the latest one, the Moto X4, was a bit of a disappointment and was lacking behind other phones like the OnePlus 5 and the Moto G5 Plus. With a new phone release on the horizon, we have high hopes for the Moto X5 after seeing the potential of Lenovo.
As Lenovo didn’t announce any new handset at the Mobile World Congress, it can be assumed that there will be a launch event specifically for the new Moto in early May. There are many suggestions there will also be a Motorola Moto G6 coming this year, with G6 Plus and G6 Play variants with it. The Moto X5 name was confirmed to be accurate after the well-known leaker Evan Blass revealed it.
There are a few interesting design rumours flying about, and the main one is the addition of the now trending notch as popularised by the iPhone X. Droid Life obtained a leaked image of the handset, where we can see the notch, taking a very similar look to the iPhone X’s one. The black bar contains the signal and battery icons, with a dual-camera set up in the notch with a speaker also in the mix. With the two cameras on the front, there could also be facial recognition software like the iPhone X, but we will have to wait and see what they announce in regards to that.
It looks like the Moto X5 will be utilising the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, with the addition of a “smart AI” assistant in place of the Google Assistant that is found with Android. The Moto X5 looks to follow another trend with the bezels taking a step back, and moving towards a near edge-to-edge display. An 18:9 aspect ratio (another popular trend with big smartphone manufacturers) looks to be added to the device. And another trend will be likely followed, with the home button disappearing with a virtual in its place, with this possibly pointing to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The Moto X4 featured the usual IP68 water resistant rating and dust resistance so we can expect those on the new handset. This is all the news we know so far, so until they announce official specs and designs we will have to wait and see the final product.