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Motorola Phablet to Launch in Q3 2014, Rumor Says

by Jacob Kleinman | March 24, 2014March 24, 2014 9:30 am PST

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Motorola is gearing up to launch a phablet later this year, according to a new report posted to Chinese site Sina Weibo. The source doesn’t offer much information beyond a launch window sometime during Q3 of 2014, but it’s the same person who accurately provided details ahead of the Moto X and Moto G launches last year.

Rumors of a Motorola phablet called the Xplay first surfaced last October, hinting at a 6.3-inch successor to the DROID Ultra. Earlier this year, another rumor posted on Weibo claimed we wouldn’t see the device until 2015, along with a Moto X sequel and a smartwatch. However, with the Moto 360 set to launch this summer it looks like we may also see the rumored Xplay announced at around the same time.

It’s still unclear what Motorola’s phablet will offer beyond a massive display. The device would presumably feature the same tricks used by the Moto X, including Touchless Control, Active Display and Assist. It’s also possible the new handset will launch alongside the Moto 360 as a complementary device, though the company has already confirmed the new smartwatch will work on all Android phones running Android 4.3 or higher.

There’s still no guarantee a Motorola phablet is on the way, and the new leak doesn’t refer to it as the Xplay, suggesting the name may have changed. The company has hinted at a few upcoming devices, but has yet to confirm any new smartphones for 2014 in any real detail.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...