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Despite the behind-the-scenes drama with Google and Lenovo, Motorola has been on a roll when it comes to hardware. The Moto X, Moto G, and Verizon's 2013 DROIDs are all well-regarded, so naturally people are wondering what's coming next. We'll find out in a little less than two weeks: Motorola will show off its next smartphone in London on May 13th.

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Photo credit: The Verge

It's only been 8 months since the release of the company's flagship Moto X, so a follow-up is possible, if a little early. Evleaks (whose pre-release info is generally very reliable) posted a logo for the "Moto X+1" earlier this month. There have also been unconfirmed rumors of a "Moto E," a low/mid-range device with a 6.2mm profile. The press invitation's mention of "made to last, priced for all" could certainly indicate a cheaper device. But as far as confirmed information goes, we've got nothing, zip, and nada.

The Moto 360, one of two launch devices for Google's watch-focused Android Wear platform, has a tentative release date for "summer." It's possible that the 360 could get dual billing with the new smartphone, but considering how Moto has been focusing on one device at a time with its PR lately, I doubt it. Also note that LG is planning its own event on May 27th, where the flagship G3 is expected.

Source: The Verge

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Oh. my. I love this time of year.

  • Dave

    This 'Made to last. Priced for all.' makes me massively think it's going to be about the Moto E :(
    I was so happy when I was reading the headline thinking of a new Moto X :(

    • Captain Canada

      Why would anyone think this is the Moto X successor? It's already been said that it will be arriving at the END of the summer, last time I checked May isn't even a summer month...temper your expectations and exercise a little common sense, folks.

      • Dave

        You know, often the wish is father to the thought ;)

        • jb

          "often the wish is father to the thought"

          and as always, 2 + 2 = 4

    • Giampaolo

      Also the "connect more people" hint more to the model E rather than X+1. I instead (want to) believe the MOTO 360 (and LWwatch) will be the main characters at Google I/O

  • Sean Cummins

    Motorola tweeted in February that the Moto X refresh is pegged for late summer: https://twitter.com/Motorola/statuses/438401309507850240

    Much too early for that now. Hoping it's for something in the DROID line. Based on the specs that have been leaked for Moto phones lately, I'm hoping it's not the next Moto X.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Dude the tweet is two months old. Things change.

      • Sean Cummins

        True, but large companies tend to plan phone releases pretty far in advance. I just don't see them pushing out a phone this much earlier.

    • David Peterson

      Could be that they announce it now and have it for sale during the Summer ... if it's late Summer that would be a pretty big stretch, but they could have bumped up time tables a bit

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        That's not really a good way to launch a device. Announcement -> availability should be around 2-3 weeks at most. Otherwise you loose too much media steam.

        • David Peterson

          Yeah looks like its Moto E

      • Just_Some_Nobody

        They could also announce it from the moon.

  • Bob G

    Moto E(urope).

    • Sean Cummins

      Moto G(ood enough)

      • Badum Tss

        Moto X(cellent)

        • Jeune Sekwa

          Moto X(perience)

          • Whyzor

            Moto V(alue)

      • Jeune Sekwa

        Moto G(lobal)

      • ddpacino

        The G is a Great ass phone.

        • Bob G

          Moto C(c-c-c-combo breaker)!

    • http://www.aakashweb.com/ Aakash Chakravarthy

      Moto E(veryone)

  • Martin Huber
    • Steve Freeman

      I'm not saying they're not accurate, but a report on one website isn't gospel. Especially since what appears to be a tech blog is reporting that a new Android phone is going to have 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory.

  • Jonathan Zelayandia

    Really hoping for the next Moto X and hoping it goes to T-Mobile stores. Id jump all over that.
    Get it? JUMP?!

    I'll show myself out...

  • Trevor Kinsie

    It might just be me but your images don't seem to be loading on my computer anymore, I'm using Windows 8 on Chrome and adblock is disabled. Strange.

    • Steve Freeman

      It's you, sorry. I'm running Chrome on Win8 as well, and I just tried it with Adblock enabled and disabled for this site, and the images show up either way.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Read the invite closely. It's not a flagship.

  • didibus

    I like when manufacturers have clearly defined products. Moto X for high end, Moto G for mid range and Moto E for low end. I hope they just stick to that and simply do upgrades on them. Either going Moto X+1, Moto X+2, etc. Or going Moto X 2013, Moto X 2014, etc.

    And if they wanted, they could do another parallel series of phone with an extra Big/Phab moniker. Moto Phab X, Moto Phab G, Moto Phab E. A phablet version of all the phones for people who like phablets.

    Similarly, another parallel line of tablet: Moto Tab X, Moto Tab G, Moto Tab E. With possibly a size moniker too, Moto Tab 7 X, Moto Tab 10 X, Moto Tab 14 X. Though that might be better simply going Moto Tab X 7", Moto Tab X 10".

    So in 3 years, you'd have say:
    Moto X+3, Moto G+3, Moto E+3
    Moto Phab X+3, Moto Phab G+3, Moto Phab E+3
    Moto Tab X+3 10", Moto Tab G+3 10", Moto Tab E+3 10"

    • Sean Cummins

      That last paragraph looks suspiciously like math. I've got my eyes on you.

    • Abhilash Bingi

      Just make it 'Moto XL' instead of 'Phab'

      • morteum

        Yes.

    • morteum

      I like the simplicity, but I wonder if this will confuse regular consumers who've never heard of "them new Motorola phones."

    • Kenton Douglas

      They'll have Moto E, G, X, and a Phablet ("Moto XP")... and a watch! :) No tablets.
      ie, Moto E, G, X, Nexus 5, "Moto XP", Nexus 7, Nexus 10 ... that was the original plan anyway ...

  • Stanley Chan

    Wen Moto was Google, this were a lot diferent. But ow with Lenovo Im afraid of the new updates. Who knows what wil come?

    • david

      Lenovo already stated that they will not change Motorola's business model and that future phones will still come with a near stock android experience.

  • Arch9

    "Made to last. Priced for all"
    yeah that's moto e event

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