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Alleged Moto C2 and C2 Plus renders leak, look very similar to predecessors

The second generation of Lenovo's entry-level C range could be almost here.

Published onMay 14, 2018

Moto C2 and Moto C2 Plus
The Moto C2 (left) and Moto C2 Plus.
  • Moto C2 and C2 Plus renders have apparently surfaced online, giving us a few details in the process.
  • The Moto C2 lacks a fingerprint scanner, while the Moto C2 Plus seems to have a front-mounted scanner.
  • Neither phone seems to offer an 18:9 display, sticking to the more traditional 16:9 screen ratio.

Lenovo introduced its first Moto C devices, the Moto C and Moto C Plus, last year, delivering modest specs at rock-bottom prices. Now, it looks like the upcoming Moto C2 and C2 Plus devices have surfaced in leaked renders (above).

The renders, obtained by 91 Mobiles citing a “reliable source,” show off similar phones to the previous budget Moto models, featuring a circular camera housing and the distinctive logo on the back.

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There isn’t an 18:9 screen ratio here, as seen on the 2018 Moto G and E models. Instead, the Moto C2 and C2 Plus seemingly stick with the 16:9 ratio of years gone by.

A headphone jack port can also be spotted at the top of the C2 Plus model (presumably it’s present on both), though the USB port may have been moved to the bottom of the device. It was a bit out of place at the top right of the original Moto C models.

The original Moto C.

What’s the difference?

The images don’t tell us a lot about the spec sheet, but we can glean a few details from the images. For one, the Moto C2 lacks appears to lack a fingerprint scanner, while the C2 Plus may have one embedded in the home button.

In the camera department, we’re looking at single rear- and front-facing cameras, with both phones having a selfie flash — something that should be a big help in low-light situations.

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We don’t have internal specs at this time, but the 2017 Moto C phones give us an idea of what to expect. Last year’s phones offered quad-core MediaTek chips, up to 16GB of expandable storage, and a 2MP selfie camera. The vanilla Moto C featured 1GB of RAM, a 5MP main camera, a 2,350mAh battery, and a 480 x 854 screen. The Plus model had a few more perks, such as a 2GB RAM variant, an 8MP main camera, a large 4,000mAh battery, and a 720p display.

It would be great to see Lenovo squeeze 2GB of RAM into the standard model also this time around to give it a bit of a boost in multitasking and games, but if it retains 1GB of RAM, then we expect Lenovo to use Android Go. The lightweight mobile platform, which wasn’t available until after the launch of last year’s Moto C, targets devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM; it should offer the device smoother performance compared to the regular Android system.

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