Motorola, now under Lenovo management, appears to be working persistently hard to keep its good reputation in the budget smartphone segment. By all accounts, the legendary Moto G and Moto E will soon be getting a fresh new sibling - the Moto M.
After a few early leaked photos and renders we are already excited for the full-metal handset. Looks aside, however, for the most part the Moto M and its internals remained a mystery, subject to lots of guess work. Until today, that is.
A fresh new leak has spilled the beans on most of its specs. The Moto M will be powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC and its main draw is probably the hefty 5,100 mAh battery. Put those two together and you might just have an outstanding combination, since most previous handsets that employ Qualcomm's 14nm chip tend to do extremely well with battery endurance, even with considerably smaller batteries.
The display panel could also play a major role in the battery equation, but, oddly enough, it is not mentioned in the leaked specs. As far as we know, it will be a 5.5-inch, 1080p one, likely of the LCD variety, but that remains to be confirmed. As for RAM and storage, the leak reveals that there will actually be two distinct varieties of the Moto M - one for China with 4GB, plus 64GB or 128GB of storage and the international one, with a choice between 3GB or 4GB of memory and 32GB or 128GB of storage. There is also a microSD card slot in all models.
Motorola Moto M renders
Additional info lists a single 1.5W speaker, 3.5mm audio jack and a pair of microphones for proper noise cancellation. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is said to come installed out of the box, but an update to Nougat seems more than likely. Sadly, there is no new info on the camera setup, so all we have to go by is the initial rumor of a 16MP plus 5MP or 8MP setup.
As for the release time frame, industry sources claim we can expect to see the Moto M as early as this December, just in time for the holiday season.