Moto G5 next year may have modular design

first_imgIt is little early to talk about the Moto G5, or whatever the Moto G is going to be called next year, but the chances are that the midrange Moto phone next year may come with a modular design, similar to what Moto Z sports.Lenovo’s Vice President for mobiles for Asia-Pacific region Dillion Ye said the company was committed to build an ecosystem for Moto Mods, the modular components that would accompany the Moto Z when it arrives in the market in September. He said that in future consumers should expect to see many more Motorola phones, including more affordable ones, sporting modular design.”We have announced an initiative to build an ecosystem around modular phones and Moto Mods. We want developers to create many more Mods and we will ensure that we have enough phones in the market that support modular design to make the whole ecosystem viable and vibrant,” said Ye.Aymar de Lencquesaing, senior vice president, Lenovo Group, meanwhile, said that the company will launch the Moto Z in India around “September-October” timeframe.The Moto Z, which sports a modular design, was recently unveiled at San Francisco. It will reach global markets in September. The phone will be sold along with accessories called Moto Mods, that will connect to it using magnets and several metal pins on the back cover. These Mods will enhance the functionality of the device.Also read: Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Full specs, top features and difference between the twoadvertisementCurrently, Motorola — read Lenovo — has announced three Moto Mods. One made in partnership with JBL enhances the audio performance of the Moto Z or Moto Z Force. One, which has been prepared in partnership with Pico, converts the phone into a portable projector while the third one adds more battery life to the device.”One more is on its way and will be unveiled very soon,” said Lencquesaing. This one is expected to be a camera module that will probably add optical zoom to the camera of the Moto Z or Moto Z Force.For Motorola the Mods are going to be one of the key features through which it will differentiate its phones in the crowded market. The company wants to create an ecosystem of Mods, which will be compatible with several generations of Moto phones, and has launched a programme to motivate third-party Moto Mods makers. “With the Moto Mods Developer Program, you can develop the next generation of Moto Mods. The Lenovo Capital Fund will be setting aside seed funding to spur innovation on the Moto Mods platform. It has set aside $1,000,000 for the individual or company that creates the best Moto Mods prototype by March 31, 2017,” the company had recently said.Also read: Lenovo Moto Z shows LG and Google the right way to do modular design Going offline in IndiaWhile it hopes that the new, revamped range of Moto phones will be appealing to consumers, in India to reach more people the company is planning to also foray into the offline retail.”With focus on online, we have grown fast in India. In the last one year we have seen 90 per cent annual growth and currently we have 9 per cent market share in India,” said Lencquesaing. “India is a key market for Lenovo. It helps us achieve better scale on global level so we are going to increase our focus here. Now we want to reach out to more consumers through offline retail.”In India, Motorola and Lenovo have done well. For Motorola, India is the second biggest market for the Moto G phones after Brazil. Lenovo, meanwhile, has created a lot of buzz and has obtained good sales numbers with phones like the K3 Note, the K4 Note and the A6000.last_img

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