06 February 2020
Update: January 28, 2020
Motorola has reportedly started sending invites for its event to be held a day before the MWC 2020 will kick-off in Barcelona. According to its invitation, the launch event will take place on February 23, at 7 pm CEST. It remains unknown what the new high-end device is Motorola bringing. Is it from Z-series or the rumored Motorola Edge Plus? It could also be another way around as Motorola may launch a new phone with a punch-hole display and a stylus rather, or better, we will see more than one phone getting unveiled at the event.
Well, whatever it is, we are not too far away from witnessing it.
Original Post (December 4, 2019)
It has been a long time since we saw Motorola release a flagship smartphone but that is set to change soon. Talking at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, Motorola President Sergio Buniac announced that they will release new premium and flagship smartphones starting next year i.e. 2020.
Qualcomm used the platform to unveil Snapdragon 865 and 765 5G processors and we should expect Motorola to make use of the same chips in upcoming devices. Buniac has officially confirmed that one of these premium phones will come with the Snapdragon 865 processor which means it will be a fully-fledged Android flagship device. He further promised "5G speeds exceeding 5Gbps" which is a claim that will need to be tested in the real-world scenario.
Since Lenovo acquired Motorola, it has focused primarily on entry-level and mid-range phones through Moto E and Moto G series respectively. It also unveiled a completely new Moto One-series earlier this year which has already seen a number of smartphones. It used to release flagship phones under Moto Z series but the last such release was the Moto Z3. It did release Moto Z4 but that was announced with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor.
The last premium-priced Motorola phone is the foldable Moto RAZR (2019) that costs about $1,500 but even it comes with mid-range specifications. It is undoubtedly good to hear that Motorola is ready to make a return to the flagship segment but what exactly it will bring to the table, we will have to wait and watch.