Lenovo-owned mobile maker, Motorola, is set to have a big 2017 if rumours of its upcoming handset launches prove to be accurate.
Two new models known as the G5 and G5 Plus are in the pipeline, with a launch event likely to take place during MWC 2017 later this month, according to Tech Radar.
Leaked details suggest the standard G5 will feature a five inch display, a Snapdragon 625 chipset and 4GB of RAM to keep it competitive with similar Android devices. The larger G5 Plus will up the screen size to 5.5 inches but should feature similar hardware to its more compact sibling, with a bigger battery being the main difference.
In terms of pricing, the G5 should cost under £300 while the G5 Plus is pegged at around £380. Each model will make use of a native 1080p resolution, meaning there is no chance of QHD display tech being on offer.
Motorola has impressed in recent years thanks to the build quality, customisation options and cost-effectiveness of its flagship smartphones. It seems that this trend is unlikely to be altered in 2017, with even more models on the way later in the year.
The modular capabilities of the Moto Z range set it apart from most mobile devices on the market at the moment. And this week saw Motorola announce its latest augmentations, with the involvement of third party firms helping to bolster its capabilities.
Firstly, there is the Juice Pack from established smartphone peripheral manufacturer, Mophie, which provides a 60 per cent boost to the Moto Z’s battery life and can either be charged in tandem with the onboard cell, or receive power separately.
Secondly, the Incipio Vehicle Dock is available for people who want to make the most of their Android handset when they get behind the wheel of their car. It not only makes it easier to mount the device on the dash, but also helps to synchronise the Moto Z with the vehicle’s infotainment system, so long as there is compatible hardware onboard.
The transformative properties of Motorola’s current flagship range are certainly intriguing, if not quite enough to make it a clear frontrunner in the market at the moment. As long as it keeps introducing new add-ons, it may build momentum for these devices and encourage other manufacturers to follow suit.
The Moto Z mobile may have been limited in availability to the US for the past couple of months, but now Motorola is selling the handset in the UK via its official website, for a little under £500.
This is a fairly steep asking price, but still allows the Moto Z to undercut key rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S7. And with plenty of impressive specifications to its name, Motorola’s flagship smartphone could capture the attention of British buyers.
Front and centre is a 5.5 inch screen with a QHD resolution, beneath which lurks a combination of a Snapdragon 820 processor and a healthy 4GB slice of RAM, according to Pocket Lint.
The Moto Z is incredibly thin, which is largely as a result of its modular design. Add-ons can be attached to expand its functions and there are a number of high-end peripherals on the cards, including a projector module, that will set buyers back an additional £250.
Those looking for an alternative to other top tier Android smartphones may want to consider giving the Moto Z a go, although the fact that it is only available SIM-free may put off those who want to avoid any upfront payment.
A pair of new smartphones from Motorola have been unveiled in the past few days, with the Moto Z and Moto Z Force both representing a new era for the brand under its new stewardship by Lenovo.
The Moto Z holds the accolade of being the thinnest handset on the market, measuring in at just 5.19 millimetres. But this design is not just an aesthetic choice; it represents the modularity of the design that enables more components and features to be added as and when the user chooses to make an upgrade.
From enhancing the battery life to adding a small projector to the phone, the Moto Z’s ability for expansion is impressive. It even does away with a 3.5mm headphone socket, in a way which foretells of Apple’s rumoured decision to ditch this port on the next iPhone.
The Moto Z Force is similar to its stable mate in many respects, sharing the same 5.5 inch AMOLED display, processor and Android operating system. But the screen is protected by a tougher shatterproof layer, to keep it free from damage and the all-metal chassis is thicker and more durable.
The snap-on modular extras for the new Moto models make them stand out from the crowd and show what the next era of smartphones will offer.
Motorola is rolling out three new devices as part of the ever-expanding Moto G range this year, each of which should fit into a different niche in the market.
The standard Moto G4 comes with a 5.5 inch, 1080p screen, a 3000mAh battery and a specialised charger, which means that it can be plugged in for just 15 minutes and offer users a full six hours of usage before it gives up the ghost.
A Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor from Qualcomm and a selfie-friendly five megapixel camera round out its features, with a 13 megapixel primary snapper on the rear doing a good job of taking high-res stills and video clips.
The Moto G4 Plus is identical to its stable mate in every way, aside from the inclusion of a 16 megapixel camera and a fingerprint scanner.
The third and final new Motorola phone announced this month is the G4 Play, a cut-price device with a Snapdragon 410 quad core chispset, a 720p display resolution and 16GB of storage as standard.
In all, the appealing and customisable nature of the Moto G series should serve Motorola well in 2016, especially now that it is under the stewardship of Lenovo.