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Motorola has confirmed that it is holding an event in India on Sept. 5. Interestingly, the company has already announced a similar event on September 4 in Chicago, USA. The American handset maker is about due for its annual refresh, but analysts are expecting that the firm may have few surprises up its sleeve.
"Mark 05 September on your calendar", the company said in the invitation.
The Moto G, introduced in 2013, has been the top ranked handset in many Asian territories, including India. As the device faces tough competition from less expensive Asus Zenfone 5, it is time to see an upgraded model with better-than-expected features.
Over the past few months, speculation for Motorola's next generation devices has been at peak. We've seen end number of rumors in the past few days surrounding the debut of the Moto X+1, Moto G2 and Moto 360. Notably, all three devices may launch in India as well.
The date of September 5 is particularly significant because IFA will be taking place in Berlin that week. Of course Apple would also hold a big-ticket event during that week itself.
Whether we'll see anything extraordinary ‘Made for India' device, remains to be seen. With hardly 15 days to go until Motorola's Sep.5 event in New Delhi, expectations for what will be shown are bound to go up. Take a look into sliders below to know more.
Motorola is expected to launch an updated version of the Moto G. The device should sport a large 5-inch display and a powerful quad-core processor under the hood. The company may add an 8MP rear camera on the back side. The phone will run on the latest Android 4.4.
Tentative Motorola Moto G2 Specs:
5-inch HD (720p) display
1.2GHz quad-core processor
1GB of RAM; 8GB/16GB of native storage; a microSD card slot
8MP rear camera; 2MP front-facing shooter
Expected price - Rs. 15,499 (8GB), Rs. 17,499 (16GB
Besides the Moto G2, Motorola may unveil the next-gen Moto X handset. The Moto X+1 is said to flaunt a FHD screen and processor improvement over its predecessor. Rumors in the past have suggested that the device will feature a Snapdragon 800 processor under the hood. Of course the device will run on the latest version of Android.
Tentative Motorola Moto X+1 Specs:
5.2-inch FHD (1080p) display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (quad-core) processor
2GB of RAM; 16/32GB of native storage; a microSD card slot
13MP rear camera; 5MP front-facing shooter
Expected price - Rs. 19,499 (16GB), Rs. 22,499 (32GB)
Moto 360 expected, but there have been significant number of questions about production and whether Motorola will able to ship the device in India on time or not.
Tentative Motorola Moto 360 Specs:
1.5-inch circular LCD display (320 x 290); stainless steel casing
a Texas Instrument processor
Compatible with Android-powered phones
Expected price - Rs. 16,999
Flipkart has already announced that it will stop selling the Moto G (16GB) in the country after the current stocks run out. Therefore, it is better to assume that you won't be able to find the original Moto G after the arrival of the Moto G2. Furthermore, the retailer recently announced price cuts on both 16GB as well as 8GB versions of the Moto G.
Since launch, the Moto X hasn't been able to sustain in the market. The phone continues to perform poorly, not only in India, but in several European countries. In April this year, it was reported that the Canadian network provider Rogers might discontinue the device fearing falling sales. Back in India, Motorola is now offering the Moto X at Rs. 19,999 under a new exchange scheme.