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Moto X (2017) appears in leaked photos

by Brandon Russell | December 2, 2016December 2, 2016 3:30 pm PDT

An unfortunate side effect of the Moto Z’s rise was the death of the Moto X, a smartphone ahead of its time.

But don’t go looking for the phone’s obituary just yet. According to new leaked photos from TechDroider, the Moto X is alive and well.

Apparently, an all-metal version of the device is currently being tested, with a planned release for sometime next year. Images of the alleged device are in the gallery above. No specific timeframe was revealed for release, although a leaked roadmap from last month hinted the device would indeed see the light of day.

It’s worth noting, however, that the leaked roadmap revealed Lenovo would be in charge of the revived handset, not Motorola. Instead, Motorola brass will supposedly focus their attention on the Moto Z, while also providing their expertise to the Moto G.

Whether this is true remains unclear.

As you can see in the leaked images above, the upcoming Moto X features a familiar design we’ve seen in previous Motorola devices: familiar shape, camera hump. Only, the handset will be outfitted with a few modern upgrades, including a fingerprint sensor and improved camera.

The Moto X effect

When the Moto X was released in 2013, it changed how we perceived Android devices. It offered a stock version of Google’s mobile OS and a few software additions focused on improving the user experience.

With the Moto Z now on the market, the Moto X will likely play second fiddle as a solid mid-range alternative, which is fine by us. Offer a blend of the Moto Z and Moto X (without Moto Mods) at an affordable price, and you have a great smartphone.

We’ll see how this unfolds over the next few months.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...