Droid Life has published a series of three posts that the site claims may show off the upcoming Motorola Moto Z3 and Z3 Play, Moto X5, and Moto G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play.

The new phones should all be getting spec bumps, but they’re also getting a bit of a design refresh.

If these leaks are accurate, that is. There’s always a chance that Droid Life’s sources are wrong or that we’re looking at early designs that have since been changed.

Droid Life

Moto X5

From the back, this phone looks a lot like last year’s Moto X4. But the front has slimmer bezels and a 5.9 inch, 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio display.

It also looks like it may have an iPhone X/Essential Phone-like notch that lets the screen fold around the front camera and speaker assembly. In the leaked photo is seems like wireless and battery status notifications as well as the time are shown in a thin bar on either side of the camera notch.

Speaking of that notch, it seems to include two cameras rather than one.

There’s no visible fingerprint sensor on this phone, but it’s possible that Motorola has hidden one on the back of the phone (below the logo) or under the display glass.

Moto Z3 and Z3 Play

The company’s new flagship phones remain compatible with all the current Moto Mods available for earlier Moto Z phones, but the company still managed to extend the screen to a 6 inch, 18:9 (2:1) with an “FHD+” resolution.

Droid Life

There are no notches on this phone, and no visible fingerprint either.

Droid Life has also found a picture of a new Moto Mod labeled “5G,” suggesting that while no current phone support the emerging 5G standards yet (and no carrier actually offers them yet), you may be able to upgrade this phone and other Motorola devices to a 5G capable device in the future by slapping a module on the back of the phone.

Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play

While the new Moto X and Moto Z phones are getting new display sizes and shapes, the Moto G6 series has a more familiar design… not because these phones  look like the Moto G5 line of devices, but because they resemble last year’s Moto X4.

That means the all-metal frame has bee replaced with a glass-backed design. These budget smartphones also still have room for a fingerprint sensor below the display (at least on some models — Droid Life says it’s on the back of the Moto G6 Play).

Droid Life

The Moto G6 is said to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 5.7 inch FHD+ display.

Rumor has it that the Moto G6 Plus is  5.9 inch phone with a Snapdragon 630 chip and a 3,200 mAh battery.

Both models are expected to have dual rear cameras, support for 32GB or 64GB of storage, and at least 3GB of RAM (with a 4GB option for the G6 and 4GB and 6GB options for the G6 Plus).

There aren’t as many details available for the Moto G6 Play, but it should have a 5.7 inch HD display and a 4,000 mAh battery for extra long run time.


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5 replies on “Motorola’s 2018 lineup of Moto G, Moto X, and Moto Z phones leaked (maybe)”

  1. Had every generation of the Moto G. If the durable plastic frame is replaced with fragile glass, future purchases from my family will likely go elsewhere

    1. With the G series being taken a bit more upmarket, it looks more like their E series, which are still plastic, is filling the role of the early G phones. Of course, we’ll have to see the hardware specs of the E phones. I’m hoping they put the SD 450 in the next ones, as it’s basically a rebranded SD 625. The last batch of E phones had some nice things going for them.

  2. I’m curious to see if they finally spec’d the Moto Z model properly. The first and second generation both lacked 802.11ac.

    I’m also rather dubious of this supposed 5G module for the Z. I’m wondering what kind of data bus the Moto Mods modules use. I assumed it was a combination of power, USB, and L/R audio and microphone pins.

    I wonder how it can handle 5G data rates. Maybe it is actually PCIe, or PHY.

  3. Everyone is pretty sure the fingerprint scanner for the Z3 play is on the power button.

  4. Well done Lenovo. Great looking phones. I like the Lenovo Thinkpad laptops too. Lenovo Bluetooth headphones are great too. Go China!!

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