Yesterday, the unannounced Moto M (XT1663) was spotted on GFXBench, tying in rather nicely with earlier sightings of a similar (XT1662) variant. Today, the latter has been given the nod by China’s TENAA certification process, which is normally indicative of an imminent announcement.
The new TENAA listing for the Moto M (XT1662) is in relative alignment with GFXBench details revealed back in June, but apparently sports a larger display than was first anticipated. Rather than a 4.6-inch panel, the XT1662 will get a 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 display as well as a 2.1 GHz MediaTek MT6755 chipset and 3 gigs of RAM. There will also be a 16-megapixel main camera allied to a 5-megapixel effort on the front, and 32 GB of on-board storage.
There will be a fingerprint sensor on the rear below the camera, while a 3000 mAh will keep the lights on. Software-wise, there will be Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, though presumably, Android 7.0 Nougat will become available early on in the device’s life.
The aforementioned Moto M (XT1663), as a reminder, will assume the a role as the more pocketable version. As such, it will get a 4.6-inch FHD panel, and will be powered by MediaTek’s MT6750 SoC. Most of the remaining specs are the same as with the XT1662;a full round-up can be seen here.
This new duo will — along with the Moto Z series — seemingly serve as a continuation of the Moto X line. Though Motorola has proclaimed that the much-loved series is ‘alive and well’, these Moto M mid-rangers might just steal the X’s thunder. Those in search of a high-end Android experience from a Motorola smartphone, therefore, will probably want to look towards the new Moto Z series.