A photo published by a reputable source for all things Motorola may be providing our first look at what is in store from the Lenovo subsidiary in 2016. As we can see in the shot, it’s a smartphone with the trademarked “M” logo in the top corner, the same marking we have seen countless times in previous leaks surrounding Motorola devices.
The photo appears to have been taken during a commute on a subway train or bus, with the owner working diligently on a laptop computer, unaware that his smartphone and actions are being photographed. If I had to take a guess, this photo was taken in Chicago, where Motorola’s HQ is currently based in the US. We can also see a scene from a movie or TV show, featuring an actress I am unfamiliar with, but that’s beside the point.
More importantly, maybe even most importantly, a fingerprint reader appears to be placed on the bottom chin, sitting awfully close to what appears to be a USB Type-C charging port. We can also make out what looks to be a front-facing speaker grille, as well as a front-facing camera. That’s really all we can gather from the shot.
Now, it’s been said by past Moto execs that the well-known “dimple” on the backside of Motorola phones was originally intended to be for a fingerprint reader, so if in fact the company has decided to move it to the front, like it is on the Galaxy S7 and upcoming HTC 10, that’s a shame. In our view, having the reader on the backside is a much nicer experience, thanks to the ease of using your index (pointer) finger to do the unlocking, such as it is on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
This is our first actual discussion on what to expect from the Moto team in 2016, so please, now is the time to share your hopes and dreams about what we might expect from Lenotorola or Motovo or whatever you want to call it.