A Lenovo executive has surprisingly revealed some very interesting information about the 2016 Moto lineup. As was announced last week, all future Motorola devices will go by the name of Moto by Lenovo, and, today, Senior VP of Lenovo, Chen Xudong, has revealed that they will all feature embedded fingerprint scanners.
As well as fingerprint scanners, the executive also revealed that all models will feature a 5-inch display or larger and will offer designs to complement both the needs of the East and West. The most interesting detail though, is perhaps the wording the executive used. The use of the word “embedded”, when describing the fingerprint scanners, could signify that the phones will employ Qualcomm’s ultrasonic scanners, which can be embedded inside the display, thus removing the necessity for buttons or sensor pads, which, up until now, has been the norm.
The fact that all devices will feature fingerprint sensors this year though, hints at the possible cancellation of the Moto E series. Considering this, as well as the new focus on high-end devices this year and the extremely low price of the device, it seems highly unlikely that we will see a third generation.
Even If the Moto E line has been scrapped, we can still expect to see roughly 7 or 8 devices from the new Moto line this year, as Lenovo revealed that they plan on releasing 15 devices in total, roughly half of which will be Moto’s.
Lastly though, in what will probably be considered a slightly disappointing move by motorola’s fans, the executive revealed that Motorola and Lenovo will unify their UI into one, which will be used on all models released from 2017 onwards. So expect to see a slightly more customised UI on future Moto devices.
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Update: According to The Verge, Motorola sent out this statement: “Although we are simplifying the combined Motorola and [Lenovo] portfolio, we have no plans to retire Moto G, our most successful smartphone, or Moto E.” So it looks like the Moto E will still be around for the foreseeable future, maybe we will see a third generation with a fingerprint scanner after all.