Lenovo has revealed that this year’s batch of Moto-branded smartphones will be rather different to last year’s, for the better, yet also potentially for the worse. The positive stuff first. Lenovo senior vice pres Chen Xudong has confirmed that every Moto phone released this year will feature a fingerprint scanner, for a baby-smooth authentication experience.
However, this is where things get a little murky. Only big-name releases will be Moto-branded, with lesser-known mid-range and basic handsets to fall under the Lenovo Vibe name. This throws the fate of the much-loved Moto E up in the air. More worrying still is Lenovo’s intention to iron out any smartphones under 5 inches in size. Again, the 4.5-inch Moto E looks like it could be a 2016 casualty.
The team behind the Moto smartphones has reportedly remained unchanged, which delivers yet another big hit of bittersweet flavour. While we wouldn’t object to an aesthetic change in direction, we’d be gutted to lose Moto Maker. [TechRadar, Verge]