The Internet rumor mill has been working overtime recently, especially with regards to the two upcoming newest smartphone offerings from Motorola’s Moto X brand. As reported by VentureBeat, the devices are said to be modular types, basically letting mobile users interchange rear plates with different functionalities. And then also just this week, HellomotoHK also unleashed images of new Moto X devices that seem to reveal a device with a metal body plus laser auto focusing capabilities. Per VentureBeat, we now know that there actually a pair of new Moto X handsets -- the Vertex and the Vector Thin -- and yup, they have swappable parts.
First, the interchangeable rear plates -- the devices’ back plates feature a row made up of 16 dots at the bottom section. These dots are not speaker ports, but actually serve as connection pins. It turns out that Motorola has created no less than six “Amps” (modules) that have the ability to incorporate new functionalities to the device, such as stereo speakers, a battery pack, a camera grip that comes with flash as well as optical zoom, a pico projector, and a durable case that features a wide angle lens attachment. Some may notice that the camera on the two new upcoming handsets jut out somewhat, but they should look okay when the Amps are put in place.
The concept of a modular smartphone is nothing new. As a matter of fact, LG’s latest flagship device this year, the LG G5, comes with some really cool modular properties. With the LG G5 though, users will need to take out the battery each time they want to attach a new module. In the case of Moto X’s Vertex and Vector Thin smartphones, the designers allow users to put modules directly to the rear side of the devices as opposed to inserting new parts into the handsets’ base.
With regards to rumored specifications, the new Moto X devices are said to feature 5.5 inch AMOLED display screens, with the Vertex possessing a full HD display screen while the Vector Thin boasting a Quad HD resolution display screen. In terms of memory specs, the Vertex will have 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 16 gigabytes of built in storage. As for the Vector Thin, it will have either 3 gigabytes or 4 gigabytes of RAM, and 32 gigabytes of onboard memory.
Like all early rumors, these latest bits of information are unconfirmed as of now. But next month should provide some answers -- Motorola is expected to unveil these two new devices during the Lenovo Tech World event happening on June 9th of this year.
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