Moto M2 With 6GB RAM Tipped for October Launch; Moto X4 Specifications Leaked

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Moto M2 has been tipped to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display
Successor to Moto M has been said to be made available in more markets
Moto X4 has been tipped to pack Snapdragon 630 SoC
While Moto M smartphone recently started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update in India, the details about its successor smartphone have now been leaked on the Internet. As per the latest information, the Moto M2 will pack 6GB of RAM, will be launched by the company in October, and will be made available in more markets than its predecessor. Separately, the specifications for the company’s anticipated Moto X4 smartphone have also been leaked online.

First talking about the Moto M2, tipster Andri Yatim has suggested that the smartphone will be made available in more markets than its predecessor. Further the smartphone is expected to feature “cutting edge” MediaTek processors and sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Yatim says that the upcoming Lenovo smartphone will be made available in two RAM/storage configurations, i.e. 4GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage and 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage.

Last month, a GeekBench listing of an upcoming Lenovo smartphone, expected to be Moto M2, suggested that the device will come with Helio X20 processor, run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and pack 4GB of RAM.Moto M2 With 6GB RAM Tipped for October Launch; Moto X4 Specifications Leaked

Moving on to the Moto X4 bit, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass reports that the smartphone will be unveiled in fourth quarter this year, citing a source who has knowledge of the company’s plans. In terms of specifications, the Moto X4 has been said to come with an aluminium body and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD display.
The highlight feature on the smartphone is a dual camera setup on the rear end with an 8-megapixel and another 12-megapixel sensor. The phone also features a 16-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies, as per the report. The Moto X4 has been tipped to come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating as well as a fingerprint scanner at the front that allows users to unlock the device as well as provides other navigation controls as well.

The upcoming Moto X4 is said to run Android 7.1 Nougat and powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone has been tipped to come with 32GB of built-in storage and house a 3000mAh battery. Notably, the Moto X4 is expected to be the first non-Google smartphone to support the search giant’s Project Fi MVNO service that allow users to switch seamlessly between the different carriers.

Interestingly, the newly leaked specifications for the Moto X4 are different from the ones that were leaked last month. But then again, the leaked launch date for the smartphone – June 30 – also turned out to be incorrect. As this information is not official still, we advise our readers to take it with a pinch of salt.

Moto Z Successor Tipped to Be Called Moto Z2

 

Lenovo-brand Moto launched the Moto Z last year that brought a modular approach with the Moto Mods. The company is now busy working on its successor and a recent reveal by tipster Evan Blass suggests that the next iteration will be called the Moto Z2.

In a recent tweet, Blass seemingly confirmed with a logo that this year’s Moto Z flagship will be called Moto Z2, unless of course they go with ‘Moto Z Squared’ given the size of the number ‘2’ in the logo. Details regarding the upcoming flagship are limited, but we can expect the smartphone to support Moto Mods as the company is not planning to give that up any time soon. Moto recently confirmed that it would launch 12 more Moto Mods this year.

The alleged Moto Z2 was thought to be spotted last month during Sprint’s Gigabit Class LTE service display, as well as at the Gamepad Mod unveil. One of the most notable changes seen from the images that have circulated online is the new oval shaped fingerprint sensor (the Moto Z had a square-shaped sensor). The form factor is also likely to remain the same to support existing and future Moto Mods. This means that you can expect the next flagship to sport a 5.5-inch display similar to last year’s model. Notably, the device that was used to showcase Sprint’s Gigabit LTE service was pictured running Snapdragon 835.Moto Z Successor Tipped to Be Called Moto Z2

To recall, the Moto Z was launched in India in October, priced at Rs. 39,999. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, and was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The device was touted as the thinnest premium smartphone in the world at 5.2mm. The flagship came with 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and laser autofocus, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a front flash.

The Moto Z is available with 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD (up to 2TB). Connectivity options for the Moto Z include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone is fitted with a 2600mAh battery, measures 153.3×75.3×5.19mm and weighs 136 grams.

Some of the Moto Mods that were launched in India include JBL Soundboost, Moto Insta-Share Projector, Hasselblad True Zoom, he Incipio offGRID Power Pack, among others.

 

HTC U 11 Tipped to Ditch 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Bundle USB Type-C Adapter

 

Almost all specification and design details of the HTC U 11 have been leaked, but the inclusion of the 3.5mm audio jack still remains a mystery. While early reports did surface claiming that the upcoming smartphone won’t have the 3.5mm audio jack, recent reports did not lend any weight to the rumour. However, now a fresh leak suggests that the HTC U 11 will also ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, and bundle in a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter to help users with the transition.

Noted developer-tipster LlabTooFeR has tweeted claiming that the HTC U 11 will be come with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter inside the box, indirectly hinting the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack. The HTC U 11 will instead bundle USB Type-C based headphones, just like the Bolt and HTC U Ultra. HTC followed Apple’s path by ditching the headphone jack on the HTC Bolt first in November 2016. The company followed the same trend with the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play smartphones launched in January.

All the three smartphones packed USB Type C-enabled headphones inside the box, but did not bundle the USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter. HTC looks to change that trend with the HTC U 11 launching on May 16 in Taiwan. The big highlight of the device is the Edge Sensor feature that brings sensors underneath the metal edge of the phone. These sensors are expected to perform multiple functions when the user taps or squeezes the metal edges. Based on past leaks, the edge sensors seem to be placed on the bottom half of the handset, right where one would normally grip the smartphone.HTC U 11 Tipped to Ditch 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Bundle USB Type-C Adapter

As for specifications, previous leaks suggest that the phone will be made available with a dual-SIM variant, run Android Nougat with HTC Sense UI & Edge Sense, and sport a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is expected to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, and has been tipped to come with memory/ storage combination of 6GB of RAM/ 128GB built-in storage and 4GB of RAM/ 64GB built-in storage. The smartphone has been tipped to feature storage expandable up to 2TB.
In terms of optics, the HTC U 11 is expected to sport a 12-megapixel UltraPixel (possibly Sony IMX362 sensor) rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, dual-tone LED flash, and 4K video recording capabilities. At front, the phone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel (possibly Sony IMX351 sensor) with f/2.0 aperture, and 1080p video recording capability.

The HTC U 11 is expected to house a 3000mAh non-removable battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers options including 4G LTE (dual-SIM in some markets), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB 3.1 Type-C.

The fingerprint scanner embedded into its home button and come with water and dust resistance rating of IP57. In terms of audio features, the HTC U 11 is expected to offer HTC BoomSond, Hi-Res Audio, HTC Usonic (Active Noise Cancellation), and 3D Audio Recording.

 

Moto Z2 Play Tipped to Sport Smaller Battery; Moto ‘Productivity’ Tablet Rumoured

 

If you remember Moto Z Play smartphone from last year, you will remember that its thickness was never pointed out as a flaw by critics as the device’s thickness was slightly more than some of other phones by the company to accommodate a large battery capacity of 3510mAh. As per a new leak, Lenovo has decided to go ahead with reduced battery life on Moto Z2 Play to cut down on thickness of the smartphone. Separately, the company has been tipped to be working a Moto Android tablet for the first time in many years.

As per the leaked details of Moto Z2 Play smartphone, shared by Venture Beat, Lenovo’s upcoming smartphone will feature a 3000mAh battery, downgraded from its predecessor’s 3510mAh, which will result in a drop of maximum listed usage time from 50 hours to 30 hours. While the exact thickness of the smartphone has not been leaked yet, VB suggests that the upcoming phone’s thickness will be close to matching Moto Z’s thickness (5.19mm).

The Moto Z2 Play leaked details suggest that the phone will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and sport the same 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display as its previous generation. However, the phone is expected to see an upgrade in internals as it has been tipped to be powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. The Moto Z2 Play is expected to come with 64GB of built-in storage.Moto Z2 Play Tipped to Sport Smaller Battery; Moto 'Productivity' Tablet Rumoured

In terms of optics, the upcoming Moto Z2 Play is expected to come with same 5-megapixel front-facing camera as its predecessor but Moto is expected to reduce the resolution of the main camera to achieve increased imaging quality, as per the report. This is why the Moto Z2 Play has been tipped to come with a 12-megapixel primary rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, featuring dual autofocus pixels, compared with the 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture on the Moto Z Play. The Moto Z2 Play is expected to be made available in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colours.

Moving to the Android tablet by Moto, Lenovo has been tipped to be working on a tablet with screen size of around 9 to 10 inches, as per a report by Android Police. While there aren’t any specific details shared about device, it is expected to come with “productivity mode”, which is similar to a multitasking feature on Lenovo’s Yoga Book. Productivity mode essentially allows users to pin apps to the navbar and easily move between them without having to use multitask UI or go back to the homescreen, as pointed out in the report.

 

iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport 3D Front Camera, A11 SoC Production Said to Begin

 

Apple is said to be busy solving several reported yield issues it is facing with iPhone 8, including new hardware components, Touch ID improvements, OLED panel yield, and much more. Amidst all the drama, fresh reports bring news that isn’t so bad to the ears. One report claims that Apple is set to include a front camera with facial recognition, despite recent reports of technical issues in 3D camera production. The other report claims that TSMC has already begun mass producing the Apple A11 SoC on the 10nm process, the SoC set to be integrated in the new iPhone models this year.

The Investor cites a Korea Economic Daily report to claim that the iPhone 8 will have a 3D camera module in the front capable of facial recognition. These modules will be made by LG Innotek, the same company that was responsible for the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera module. “[LG Innotek’s] new facility investment worth KRW 269.7 billion ($238.50 million) that was announced on April 27 will be dedicated to Apple’s orders. The initial deal size is estimated at about 200 billion won,” the report states. KGI was the first to suggest this feature on the iPhone 8.iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport 3D Front Camera, A11 SoC Production Said to Begin

Separately, a new report from DigiTimes suggests that TSMC has started mass producing the new Apple A11 SoC. The company is set to be the sole supplier of these SoCs, without Samsung in the equation, which is expected to be included in all three new iPhone models tipped to arrive this fall.
The report confirms that TSMC faced initial yield issues, but it seems to have solved that now. “TSMC has begun 10nm chip production for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 8 series, the sources said. Production was once affected by issues involving stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process, but they have already been solved,” sources told DigiTimes.

The iPhone 8 is also expected to sport 3GB of RAM, vertical dual rear camera setup, bundled AirPods, wireless charging, waterproofing, and much more.

 

Moto G5S Plus, Moto Z2 Force, Moto X4 Price in India Leaked, Tipped to Launch Soon

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moto Z2 Force may be priced at Rs. 38,999
  • The Moto G5S Plus may be priced at Rs. 17,999
  • Moto X4 may be priced at Rs. 20,999

Lenovo brand Moto just recently launched its Moto Z2 Play smartphone with Moto Mods support in India. However, the company plans to release three more smartphones into the market before the end of summer, a fresh leak hints. It claims Moto G5S Plus, Moto X4, and Moto Z2 Force are all launching in India real soon, and the prices of all the three smartphones at launch have also been tipped.

Tipster Andri Yatim has taken to Twitter to reveal that the Moto G5S Plus, Moto X4, and Moto Z2 Force are all launching in India this summer. The big USP of all the three devices will be the dual camera setup at the back. The tipster claims that the Moto G5S Plus will be priced at Rs. 17,999, the Moto X4 will be priced at Rs. 20,999, and the Moto Z2 Force will be priced at Rs. 38,999. There is no tangible timeline as to when all the smartphones will launch, except for the vague summer release, but all the smartphones are launching in India soon, according to the tipster.Moto G5S Plus, Moto Z2 Force, Moto X4 Price in India Leaked, Tipped to Launch Soon

The Moto G5S Plus has been leaked on several occasions in the past hinting at an imminent launched. Leaks reveal that the smartphone may sport a dual camera setup, a front flash, and a round-shaped Home Button. Some of rumoured specifications of the Moto G5S Plus include 5.5-inch full-HD display, octa-core processor, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Moto’s new ‘X’ series is also expected to get an addition with the Moto X4, however, this is the first time the device has been tipped anywhere. We know very little about this device as of now. The Moto Z2 Force image leaks in the past tip a similar design to the recently launched Moto Z2 Play and will come with support for Moto Mods as well. However, the big difference will be the dual camera setup at the back.

The Moto Z2 Force is expected to sport a ShatterShield screen and feature support for Gigabit LTE. As Gigabit LTE is currently supported only by Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Moto Z2 Force will feature the aforementioned processor if not a newer variant.