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Leak confirms the design of Motorola's first Snapdragon 800 series-powered Moto G smartphone

The Motorola Nio will always be looking at you. (Image source: Evan Blass)
The Motorola Nio will always be looking at you. (Image source: Evan Blass)
The first image of the Motorola Nio has been leaked online, confirming an unusual dual-hole punch display design. The release of the device is anticipated for early 2021, but it may well feature a Snapdragon 865, rather than the newer Snapdragon 888. The Motorola Nio will be sold under the Moto G brand.
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Evan Blass has delivered a first proper look at Motorola's next flagship smartphone on his Voice channel. Motorola has already confirmed that it is working on a new flagship G-series smartphone, although there is some confusion about the chipset the company plans to use.

Currently, Motorola has only stated that it will be using a Snapdragon 800 series chipset, which could mean the Snapdragon 888 or the older Snapdragon 865. Rumour had it that Motorola had sourced the latter for the device, which may explain why the company is being vague for the time being.

The Motorola Nio appeared during the Motorola keynote at Qualcomm's Tech Summit 2020. (Image source: Motorola)
The Motorola Nio appeared during the Motorola keynote at Qualcomm's Tech Summit 2020. (Image source: Motorola)

Setting SoC choices aside, the photo published by Blass confirms that the Nio will have two front-facing cameras with dedicated punch holes. This is nothing for Motorola though, as we have already seen this from the company with the Moto G 5G Plus. The cameras are surrounded by what look like slim bezels, albeit with a pronounced chin.

The device presented by Blass matches the one that Motorola teased during this week's Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital 2020. Motorola showed the device connected to an external monitor, so that should mean that it will support DisplayPort Alternate Mode. Additionally, XDA Developers believes that the Nio will have 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, a 5,000 mAh battery and a large display that can reach 105 Hz. The Nio is expected to arrive in early 2021.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-12- 4 (Update: 2020-12- 4)