It’s been a little while since Motorola brought us anything new, other than the announcement of its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch. While there’s still a lot of unknowns for Motorola as its prepares to transition to a new owner, it appears that we’ll be getting a look at what’s next from the company on May 13th.
The news of the upcoming announcement comes straight from Motorola’s press invite (seen below), and hints that their next handset will be “Made to last. Priced for all.” The announcement event will take place in London during the morning hours. So what kind of device are we looking at here? That’s a good question.
The Moto X — Motorola’s main flagship — was released back in August, so it seems less likely that the event will center around the Moto X+1. On the other hand, maybe the company wants to get the device out into the hands of consumers before Google’s deal with Lenovo finalizes later this year.
Judging by the wording of the press invite, however, it seems much more plausible that we are looking at Motorola’s ultra-low-cost XT1021, which reportedly will go by the name of Moto E (E for Everyone?). Although we don’t know for sure what to expect from the Moto E (aka XT1021), previous rumors indicate the device will offer a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM. 5MP camera, a 4.3-inch display, 4GB storage, a 1900 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Motorola's next device could be cheaper than even the highly-affordable Moto G
Even more impressive, the device is said to be much cheaper than even the highly-affordable Moto G. With the Moto G coming in at $179 unlocked and as little as $99 for locked prepaid variants, this means we could be talking about a handset that’s under $100, unlocked and without contract.
For now we’d take all the rumors with a grain of salt, but thankfully we don’t have much longer to wait before we find out for sure what Motorola has up its sleeve.
If Motorola really is preparing to unveil a device that’s priced lower than the Moto G, this could be a huge deal, especially for budget users and those in emerging markets. Interestingly enough, Lenovo has hinted that emerging markets will be a priority for Motorola once the company becomes part of its team.