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Update | Motorola allegedly gears up to refresh the Moto G50 with a 5G MediaTek processor

The 'new' Moto G50 5G. (Source: Evan Blass via Twitter)
The 'new' Moto G50 5G. (Source: Evan Blass via Twitter)
Some recent leaks have pointed to the imminent release of the "Motorola Moto G50 5G" - which, as there is a device with this name and the requisite connectivity out there already, was a little confusing. A new tip purports to dispel this mystery with the explanation that there is indeed an upcoming second variant of this device, largely unchanged apart from its new SoC.

Update: All of these "Motorola Moto G50 5G refresh" rumors have just gained more weight with a new listing that has appeared on the Geekbench 5 website. It apparently refers to a phone of this name, albeit with a MediaTek platform as opposed to the Qualcomm silicon of the pre-existing variant. The SoC in question is detected as an ARM MT6833V/ZA - which is indeed the Dimensity 700

This new leak may also confirm the rest of the upcoming G50 re-mix's specs, said to include 4GB of RAM and Android 11. Therefore, expectations of an imminent launch of this 5G device might stand to rise as of now.

Original Article: Motorola has been linked to an upcoming 2021 phone with the code-name Saipan, or "Moto G50 5G" on its launch. This might be seen as a little redundant, as a device with essentially the same name (and the code-name Ibiza) had been on the market with the Snapdragon 480 SoC for some time.

However, a new leak, emanating from OnLeaks in partnership with PriceBaba, may straighten these reports out with a fresh claim that the Saipan is called the Moto G50 5G because it is indeed a new variant of this phone, with the Dimensity 700 processor in place of the budget Qualcomm platform.

Therefore, the potential G50 refresh might come with a CPU boost (although the 480's GPU may be better than the MediaTek silicon's Mali-G57 MP2). This updated version is also now slated to differ in terms of its rear panel: according to a new Evan Blass post, its triple rear cameras will form a triangle, as opposed to the vertical camera hump of the Ibiza.

Otherwise, the Saipan is expected to retain the rest of the G50's original specs - with the possible exception of a smaller battery. Should it prove to be the Motorola XT2149-1 reportedly certified by Brazilian regulators, it might have only 4,700mAh as opposed to the 5,000mAh capacity of the 'original' affordable smartphone.

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More shots of the "Moto G50 refresh". (Source: Evan Blass via Twitter)
More shots of the "Moto G50 refresh". (Source: Evan Blass via Twitter)
The "Moto G50" newly found on Geekbench also features a certain code-name. (Source: Geekbench)
The "Moto G50" newly found on Geekbench also features a certain code-name. (Source: Geekbench)
 
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08-17 (Update: 2021-08-21)