Moto X 2016 Specs Detailed Along With Amps Modular Backplates

Moto X 2016 Specs Detailed Along With Amps Modular Backplates

Earlier on in the day, new leaked renders for the Moto X 2016 and the Droid 2016 left everyone questioning the decision making process behind Lenovo-Motorola’s attempt at a Moto flagship. The devices looked very different, if we were trying to be polite. If you loved how the predecessors of these lineups looked, the renders would have left you sorely disappointed.

In a bit of a turnaround, here’s some good news. The devices pictured as the Moto X 2016, and widely assumed to be color variants, are actually two different devices. And that ugly design choice, that might just have a very good purpose to it as well.


This report originates from VentureBeat and is authored by Evan Blass. The devices pictured above are actually two different phones. The left phone in the white color is codenamed Vertex while the black phone on the right is codenamed Vector Thin. The phones will also sport different hardware on the inside, which will add onto their differentiation.

Starting off with the Vertex, the phone will come with a 5.5″ FHD AMOLED display. On the inside, the device is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 clocked at 2.4GHz. There will be two RAM and storage combos to choose from, 16GB internal + 2GB RAM, and 32GB internal + 3GB RAM. For the camera, the Vertex is sporting a 16MP sensor with laser autofocus as well as PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus). The phone will be kept juiced up by a good capacity 3500mAh battery, likely to be non removable thanks to the metallic unibody design.

The Vector Thin, on the other hand, is the more “premium” of the duo. The 5.5″ AMOLED panel gets bumped up to QHD resolution, while the SoC gets the flagship treatment with Snapdragon 820 clocked at 2GHz. The phone will have 32GB of internal storage, but will have RAM choices for 3GB or 4GB. The camera on the Vector Thin will be a 13MP sensor with laser autofocus and OIS. As its name suggests, the Vector Thin will be pretty thin, reportedly measuring 5.2mm compared to the thin-as-well Vertex which will be 7mm thick. The shaved off dimensions have an effect on the battery capacity as well, dropping down disappointingly to 2600mAh, which makes us wonder how long a 5.5″ QHD device with flagship SoC would last.

An independent report also claims that the Moto X 2016 will have shattershield protection just like on the Moto X Force. There is no mention which of the two models will be getting this shock resistant treatment.

But this is not all there is to the Moto X 2016 story. The pins on the back of the Moto X 2016 devices, which we predicted to be connection areas for some sort of docking mechanism, are actually present for modularity. The 16 connection pins are present for “Amps“, which is Motorola/Lenovo’s take on modules. These pins will allow modular backplates to be snapped onto either handset magnetically. This is claimed to provide a tight and secure connection, while still allowing easier swappability.

There will reportedly be six modules available at launch:

  1. A Simple color backplate, which will ship free with both handsets
  2. Stereo speakers
  3. Extended battery pack
  4. Camera grip with flash and optical zoom
  5. Pico Projector
  6. Rugged cover with wide angle lens attachment

The official modules mentioned above will be sold separately by Moto. There is also mention of 3rd party modules. The modules will also make the device flat, hiding the noticeable camera bump away.

So, when can we expect to hear more about these devices? If the good folks over at Droid-Life are to be believed, the Moto X 2016 duo are set for launch on 9th June 2016 at Lenovo’s Tech World, which is where the first consumer-ready Project Tango device is also set to be revealed.

The Moto X 2016 duo have certainly raised our curiosity, giving us a good example of why we should never judge a book by its cover. The deviations from the classic Motorola design might just be forgiven if Motorola/Lenovo can manage to do modularity better than LG could with the LG G5.

Do remember, we are still in the leak stages. As it happened with the earlier news, things can and will change as new information appears. Stay tuned for more coverage!

What are your thoughts on this information on the Moto X 2016 devices? Has the new information changed your mind from the previous news? Do you think Motorola can do modularity better than LG could? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]