Motorola is preparing a new phablet sized smartphone for later on this year as its first device since the company was sold by Google to Lenovo a matter of months ago.
Pocket Lint quotes a prolific Weibo smartphone rumour peddler as stating that the firm will release a 6.3in smartphone between July and September this year and the same user has been responsible for correct predictions related to the Moto X and Moto G.
Rumours that Motorola was working on a phablet sized smartphone first surfaced back in October 2013 when a 6.3in smartphone dubbed the Motorola Xplay was mentioned.
The only details so far concern the screen size of 6.3in and that would pit it against various other Android handsets such as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which has a slightly larger 6.4in screen.
Motorola jumped back on to the smartphone industry’s top table in 2013 with the Moto X and Moto G smartphones that both run on Google’s Android OS and occupy opposite ends of the market.
The Moto X has the higher specification of the two smartphones with a 4.7in display that has a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz supplemented by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It also packs an impressive 10-megapixel camera and a weighty 2,200mAh battery.
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Lenovo bought Motorola’s phone business for $3 billion [£1.82 billion] in January 2014 and in the process created the world’s third largest smartphone vendor. Most of the devices that are planned for release in the coming 18 months were developed whilst Motorola was a part of Google and Lenovo has already stated that it intends to leave the company roadmap intact for the time being.