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Moto X5 may not see light of day following rumored Chicago office layoffs

Lenovo may have axed the forthcoming Moto X5 to focus on profitablity. (Source: Droid Life)
Lenovo may have axed the forthcoming Moto X5 to focus on profitablity. (Source: Droid Life)
Motorola may have scrapped its plans to launch a successor to the Moto X4. According to a new report, the Lenovo-owned company is making cutbacks in a number of areas to try turn around its fortunes.
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The Lenovo-owned Motorola could have canned its plans to launch the Moto X5, a would-be successor to the well-received Moto X4. According, Android Police claims the move to drop the X5 comes as Lenovo is rumored to be laying off even more of its Motorola workforce, this time from its Chicago office. A leaked image, purportedly of the Moto X5, showed that it had adopted an iPhone X-style notch, which would have seen it swamped by numerous Android phones following the same trend.

To help try right the ship at Motorola, the company plans on streamlining its product portfolio to include just the E, G and Z series smartphones. The X series was initiated under Google’s stewardship and promised to deliver a new kind of smartphone platform that included always-on display technology and always-on voice recognition tech. Although it was never a monster hit itself, the X series certainly helped to set the direction for future of smartphones.

Motorola will also start to streamline its Moto Mods line up, focusing only on mods that are profitable, rather than some of the more idiosyncratic mods like its gamepads. This means that the mods that it will continue to sell for its Z series will likely focus on battery packs and style mods, although a freshly leaked VR headset mod could still make the cut. Lenovo once claimed that it could make Motorola profitable within two quarters of its acquisition from Google, but the once iconic smartphone brand has continued to languish under its auspices.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1296 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-10 (Update: 2018-03-10)