Motorola "Odin" may be Moto Z4 with Snapdragon 8150 and 5G Moto Mod support, according to inside source
Motorola and its parent company Lenovo have fallen out of the limelight the past few years. Outside of the success of the Moto G line of mid-range smartphones, Motorola has failed to offer a truly compelling handset. Even the company’s flagship for 2018, the Moto Z3, is lackluster, sporting last year’s Snapdragon 835 and a design that is growing increasingly stale. However, according to XDA Developers, Motorola may be getting back into the forefront of the smartphone world.
Citing an inside source, Motorola is working on a new smartphone bearing the codename “Odin.” This handset will purportedly run on Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8150, the latest high-end SoC from the silicon manufacturer. Odin will run Android 9.0 Pie and will support Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod (which is still yet to be released). The source said that Motorola is designing Odin with full Moto Mod support in mind, which would take Lenovo’s promise of third-generation support a bit beyond its original time frame. (Odin would be the 4th generation of smartphones since Moto Mods were launched.) These claims support the idea that Odin could be the Moto Z4.
Other specifications sound a bit more sketchy. For one, the source claims that Odin will have 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, which would better suit a mid-range device. However, these could be base-tier options with more RAM and storage available at higher price points. The source also claimed that Motorola is developing software for use with an in-display fingerprint scanner, although they did not say that Odin would have an in-display scanner. Lastly, the source mentioned a “Verizon model,” which might mean that Odin is a Verizon-exclusive, like the Moto Z3. This isn’t definite, though.
While XDA is a reputable source for rumors, keep in mind that that is exactly what these statements are: rumors. Motorola has been mum on next year’s flagship model, but if the company wants to remain competitive, it will need a smash hit to compete with the likes of Samsung and Huawei.