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Three's company, four’s how many Moto G series devices could be coming next year

Motorola is reportedly gearing up to add a Power model to its established lineup of Moto G series devices.

Published onOctober 5, 2018

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  • Motorola could release four Moto G Series devices next year.
  • These are said to be regular, Play, Plus, and Power versions.
  • The current Moto G6 lineup consists of only three models.

Motorola will release four Moto G series devices next year, according to reliable leaker Evan Blass. In a tweet, the tipster said the company will release standard, Play, Plus, and Power versions of the phone. The next entry in the Moto G series is expected to be the Moto G7 family.

Lenovo may have cut the Moto C, M, & X lines this year, but next year is going to see a record number of Moto G models: Standard, Play, Plus, and Power.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 4, 2018

The current Moto G6 lineup consists of three models: the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and Moto G6 Plus. Of these phones, the Moto G6 Play is the budget model, the Moto G6 is the standard entry, while the Moto G6 Plus has slightly better specs and a larger display than the other two versions.

We don’t know for sure what would differentiate the Moto G7 Plus and Power models, if Motorola is indeed following the leaked naming convention. The company has previously used the Power branding for 2016’s Moto E3 Power, which stood out from the standard Moto E3 by offering a bigger battery and more memory. More recently, the Motorola One and One Power were also released, with the latter model offering a bigger battery too. So at the very least, we should expect longer endurance in theory.

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While initially praised as offering budget smartphones with good specs, the Moto G series has come under pressure recently as other affordable yet powerful phones have begun to flood the market. Maybe Motorola thinks that by releasing four devices it will have a phone for everyone. However, there is always the risk that releasing such a large lineup will end up confusing consumers.

Back in August, there were suggestions that Motorola would only release regular and Plus versions of the Moto G7. This is something the company also did with the Moto G5 lineup. However, Blass’s leak suggests that this was never the plan, or that the company had a change of heart.

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