The Moto G6 line has already gone official, a Moto X5 may or may not be coming later this year, and Moto Z3 Play and Moto Z3 Force are yet to see any light. Reports and leaks of a Moto Z3 Play go back quite a bit, but the device might now be close to a launch. Sold separately could be a new Moto Mod compatible with the upcoming mid-range smartphone that will include 5G connectivity. We heard about the possibility once but it seemed impossible at the time. Soon it might actually reach some markets.
The latest leaks come from XDA-Developers. The phone shows only what we’ve seen in prior leaks including the new navigation system, a new form factor with slimmer bezels compared to last year’s handset, and the lack thereof a fingerprint scanner. Sources are expecting the phone to have few compromises after last year’s Moto Z2 Play, which failed to live up to all the hype. On another hand, Motorola will have more competition to deal with this year, so success won’t come easy.
As for the 5G Moto Mod, the design looks to have been tweaked since the early renders we saw many months ago with a larger design. Functionality is expected to be the same, but there looks to be a unique PIN connector. This indicates that 2018’s premium Moto Z smartphone collection could include a new configuration for connecting Moto Mods, or that future attachments won’t support older devices with the older connector. Since 5G has not yet been implemented for use by the public, this mod concept is interesting and could give early access of future technology to buyers. We don’t yet know how it will work, the carrier ordeal and any eligible devices. So clearly, there are still more questions than answers, but we’re hoping to gain better clarification soon.
We still don’t have confirmation on any Motorola or Lenovo unveiling for the summer, nor any availability, pricing or release information on any of the devices mentioned in this post. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information and keep you up to date as we learn more about what might be coming.