[alert color=”green”]Update: Motorola has reached out to us with a statement clarifying the remarks made by Chen Xudong. Please see our updated story here with their full statement.[/alert]
It’s been a fast and furious week. Centering around CES 2016, we’ve seen a ton of information come from the Lenovo camp about the future of their mobile division. First off we heard that Lenovo would be shuttering the Motorola branding on the phones they produce from here on out, choosing only to use the Moto name. There was a lot of immediate and emotional reaction to the Motorola name going away on phones, but Lenovo wasn’t done making news.
In an interview given yesterday to a Chinese website (original Chinese source here), Chen Xudong, Lenovo’s Mobile Head confirmed that the Moto E and Moto G would come to an end. Lenovo was never going to keep every line made by both companies, but the fact that they’re killing the best selling Motorola phone in history (the Moto G), is a bit surprising. Expect to see a couple Lenovo Vibe branded phones take over the place in the market that the Moto E and Moto G currently hold.
Chen confirmed that the Motorola team will work on high-end smartphones.
Chen also went on record confirming a few deatils for the company’s flagship devices. Next years flagships will all have fingerprint scanners. Fingerprint scanners are slowly becoming standard on high-end Android phones now, but the Moto X play lacked one last year. While it isn’t entirely surprising that the next flagship will have one, it’s nice to get the speculation out of the way now.
Lenovo will also make it a priority that all their phones have larger than 5 inch screen. While Apple fans are clamoring for a smaller flagship phone, it seems almost every Android OEM besides Sony deems the sub-5 inch market as a market not worth the hassle. Chen Xudong explained the move by saying that smaller than 5 inch screens are not popular outside of Europe.
What do you think of Lenovo’s move to drop the Moto E and Moto G lines? Let us know down in the comments how you see this decision working out for the Chinese giant.
Source: Digital Trends