Moto X40: Motorola confirms launch date and two model variants based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset
Motorola has confirmed the launch date of the Moto X40 series, joining Oppo and Xiaomi in the dash to release Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagships this month. While Xiaomi has moved the launch of its flagship forwards a few weeks from last year's Xiaomi 12 series, Motorola has pushed its equivalent launch event back a week from when it revealed the Edge X30 in China. Potentially Motorola would have released the Moto X40 in time for the Edge X30's anniversary, but for the passing of Jiang Zemin on November 30.
As Motorola's teasers below outline, the Moto X40 will arrive on December 15 in China, with a global launch likely occurring in early 2023 instead. So far, Motorola has said little about the Moto X40, at least when compared to Xiaomi. However, the company has outlined that the smartphone will rely on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm's new 4 nm SoC equipped with ARM Cortex-X3, Cortex-A715, Cortex-A710 and Cortex-A510 CPU cores.
Additionally, Motorola previously teased that the Moto X40 has a quad-curved display, which it has reinforced with its latest teaser. The same teaser confirms that there are actually two Moto X40 models too, although only one may make it out of China as the Edge 40 Pro. Like the Edge X30, Motorola will sell the Moto X40 with punch-hole and under-panel front-facing cameras. Currently, both models are also expected to launch with a 6.67-inch and 144 Hz display, along with twin 50 MP and 12 MP telephoto rear-facing cameras. For some reason, Motorola has not revealed at what time next week's launch event will commence.