Moto G6 Plus and ‘regular’ Moto E5 are official, but they’re not coming to North America

Of Lenovo's six new Moto-branded low to mid-end smartphones, the G6 Plus and "regular" E5 are the only ones exclusively focused on markets outside North America.

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Ultra-low-cost Moto E4 starts shipping from Amazon, Republic Wireless, Ting and Motorola

Previously available only on Verizon prepaid and up for pre-orders elsewhere, the Moto E4 has expanded to several other US carriers and retailers.

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Moto X (2017) in play as Lenovo could shift some work to an ODM

As Lenovo continues to make ends meet and turn around its mobile side, here’s a bit of speculation that concerns on how far the Chinese manufacturer may go to cut costs.

hellomotoHK has dropped a list of devices that are expected out from the just-resolved Moto brand in the coming year. Six devices (give a few extra variants or so) will be released and only two of them will have involvement from a diminished Motorola unit. And there’s a lot of give and take as to how to interpret this list — which we can’t independently verify.

In no particular order, Motorola will solely lead the charge on the next modular Moto Z model(s) while it will collaborate with Lenovo to form the next Moto G(s). The Moto X (for real?) gets transferred to Lenovo’s oversight while the Moto M remains in this column. Finally, it seems that the budget Moto E and what might also be a budget-level Moto C are in the pipes and they will come from Lenovo and an ODM.

The Moto E came out of Google-owned Motorola in 2014 as a basic smartphone with basic Android for a basic price. When Lenovo took over the company later that year, the E’s hardware specs have vastly improved. Who knows what might be intended with an ODM introduced into the mix? Financial savings, almost for sure, but will its basic, wide-availability mission be compromised? Will a Moto C supplement this mission?

What will “Motorola” mean in 2017? And how does Lenovo come out of it when we already know what it will arrive into it with? This list does not provide a verifiable crystal ball, but we’ll be collecting and connecting the dots along the way.

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Motorola Moto E3 ‘Power’ release might still be on, Android 6.0 obviously in tow

The low-cost Android smartphone landscape has changed a great deal lately, thanks primarily to increasingly ambitious Chinese OEMs that are pushing the entry-level standards higher and higher.Budget specialists like Huawei, Xiaomi or Meizu, with little focus on profit margins, have made it nearly impossible for Samsung, HTC, Sony or LG to compete in ...

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Motorola slates mystery event for May 17 in India, Moto G4 or new Moto E incoming

While we can’t be sure it has anything to do with that recent wave of “structural” changes and executive reshuffles, or even more recent warranty controversies, Motorola is clearly behind its traditional product release schedule.There hasn’t been a single Moto-branded device unveiled thus far in 2016, despite the second-gen Moto E ...

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Evidence piles up in support of 5-inch display for Moto E (3rd gen)

A tech company’s financial and administrative stability are essential for its mainstream popularity prospects, which is probably why Lenovo put off the release of the 2016 Moto E until deciding exactly what to do with the Motorola brand under its wing.While things remain unclear in a few departments, the Moto E (3rd gen) has to break cover one of these days if it wants to ...

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Moto E (3rd gen) by Lenovo possibly benchmarked with 5-inch screen, 2GB RAM

We know Motorola’s been going through some stuff lately, as the transition to a wholly owned Lenovo subsidiary proves far trickier than both companies likely anticipated. But whether this year’s Moto E, G and X installments will be branded as Lenovo products or Moto by Lenovo, it’s time the ...

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Moto E (2nd gen) with LTE for AT&T GoPhone drops to $30 at Best Buy (half off)

The cheapest brand-name Android smartphone available stateside that still has a chance to officially move to OS version 6.0 costs less than ever before at Best Buy. Granted, the 2015 Motorola Moto E has its flaws, and today’s deal comes with its restrictions, but at a measly 30 bucks, this is a top-notch bargain no matter how you look at it.First and foremost, we should remind you the 4.5-incher’s manufacturer technically already

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Motorola Moto E (2nd gen) starts receiving OTA Marshmallows in India

If you’re the kind of hardcore Samsung fan that continues to argue the company’s Android 6.0 updating pace isn’t that sluggish compared to the competition, you may want to note Motorola is today reaching its seventh or eighth ...

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Cricket drops no-contract Moto E price to $10, HTC Desire 520 to $20, Lumia 640 to $60

Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers.When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached.Well, there is one string ...

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Don’t panic, the Moto G and E are alive and well, with Lenovo focused on moving them forward

That’s what happens when you use Google Translate on an ample Chinese language interview, and try to read between the lines of the raw end result. You get major misunderstandings, like the one that caused uproar among cash-strapped Android enthusiasts following alleged comments from a Lenovo exec concerning the possible retirement of the uber-successful Moto G and Moto E ...

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Motorola will bring Marshmallows to the 2015 Moto E after all, just not in the US

We have more good news to report on the Android 6.0 update front for Motorola users, after the official wide X Pure Edition Marshmallow rollout stateside. Although the Lenovo-owned company initially made no mention of software support beyond Lollipop for entry-level Moto Es, the 2015 model has just been added to the M-ready list.Unfortunately, not all ...

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AT&T GoPhone gives away free ZTE Mavens, takes $40 off other prepaid devices

Competing against smaller but aggressive and generous no-contract specialists like Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS can’t be easy nowadays for AT&T’s GoPhone division. A few timely deals on a slew of fairly attractive mid-range handhelds will go a long way in securing Ma Bell a robust portfolio of prepaid clients this holiday season, with Android enthusiasts allowed to pick up ...

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Black Friday 2015 deal roundup: cheap phones, tablets, and wearables for all

Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy.Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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Cricket inaugurates holiday shopping season early with a handful of free phones

AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has gained a reputation as one of the most generous US mobile carriers in recent years, often “selling” decent phones for free despite not demanding a contractual obligation.Naturally, the small operator’s holiday deals are always a sight to behold, this year letting you score no less than four Android and Windows handhelds sans upfront charges, as well as two more at deeply discounted prices.Now, granted, Christmas is still over a month away, and even Thanksgiving Day feels like a sweet but distant dream. You needn’t worry however, as ...

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