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Motorola's 2020 flagship could have one of 2019's most polarising features

It looks like Motorola could be chasing waterfalls with its new 5G flagship phone.

Published onFebruary 6, 2020

Motorola is expected to announce 5G phones running on the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 865 platforms at MWC 2020. Now, folks over at XDA Developers have revealed some specs and design details of the two upcoming phones.

Citing reliable sources, the publication reports that the two Moto 5G phones will come with curved “waterfall” displays. However, it’s believed that the “waterfall” curves aren’t quite as extreme as the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro and vivo Nex 3 5G curves. Both phones are said to sport a screen refresh rate of 90Hz, just like the Pixel 4, OnePlus 7 and many other 2019 phones. This will be the first time Moto launches phones with refresh rates higher than 60Hz.

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According to XDA, the upcoming Motorola phones could be marketed under the ‘Motorola One 2020’ moniker. However, they are not 100% sure about the name just yet.

What they do know are the alleged code names for the phones and some additional specs. The publication claims that the Snapdragon 865 phone is code named Burton. Meanwhile, the one with the Snapdragon 765 is code named Racer 5G. They also have some images showing off the curved display that the two phones are expected to feature.

Specs and design

Moto 5G Snapdragon 765 Phone 2020
Moto Racer 5G leak. XDA Developers

Both phones reportedly have the same 6.67-inch, 2,340 X 1,080 curved display running a 90Hz refresh rate.

The Racer 5G is tipped to offer 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, alongside the Snapdragon 765 SoC. It is also said to feature a 48MP primary camera, a 4,660mAh battery, support for NFC, and Android 10.

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Meanwhile, the more premium Snapdragon 865 device called Burton, is expected to come with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, a 5,170mAh battery, and Android 10. There are no other spec details available for this phone.

There’s a punch hole on the top left corner of the screen on both phones. XDA notes that this punch hole could be smaller than the ones seen on Motorola’s previous phones like the Motorola One Vision.


The so-called Motorola One 2020 series is also expected to bring in some new software skills. XDA reports that the company will launch several new applications with the new phones. These include: Moto Edge Assistant, Moto Gametime, and Moto Audio.

The Moto Edge Assistant will reportedly help users customize tap actions on the curved edges of the display.

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Moto Gametime will provide users a customizable toolbar to quickly access settings and other tools for gaming. “You can either tap a floating button or swipe in from one of the sides to access the toolbar,” writes XDA. The feature will let users block notifications while gaming, lock brightness levels, and more.

Lastly, Moto Audio will be an app that automatically tunes audio profiles to match content. For instance, it could boost voice clarity during calls. It will also reportedly offer different profiles for gaming, movies, music, and more.

That’s all we know about Motorola’s upcoming 5G phones thanks to this new leak. We’re sure more details will emerge closer to MWC 2020. Until then, let us know what you think of Motorola’s upcoming phones and what you would want from a Moto flagship in 2020.

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