Moto G (2016) Faced With OnePlus X, Honor 5X Challenge

Lenovo mentioned that the new generation of Motorola phones would all arrive with fingerprint scanners, which lends credence to the leaked images of what is purportedly the fourth-gen Moto G.

When renowned tech leaker Evan Blass posted up a render of the upcoming device based on the blurry pictures, the new design if the handset is all but confirmed.

The render showcases a decent-looking Moto G, but what fans of the phone – which has over the years established an image of bang-for-buck reliability – are more interested in are its specs.

Lenovo Moto G (2016) render

Lenovo Moto G render

And the $200 to $250 fourth-gen model cannot use its 2015 model as the benchmark to upgrade its hardware figures, because premium mid-range devices such as the OnePlus X and Honor 5X now carry much lower prices that fall in the $200 to 300 range.

The OnePlus X has already undergone some price cuts before this, and as the days wear on, it would only go down further.

Official specs for the 2016 Moto G have not been released, but according to Qualcomm mid-range devices this year would all be equipped with the Snapdragon 430. The OnePlus X and Honor 5X use Snapdragon 801 and 616 processors respectively.

The Moto G would also need to raise its game in terms of display. The OnePlus and Honor phones each emit more than 400ppi, so a 720p resolution on a 5.0-inch display worth 294ppi isn’t going to cut it anymore.