A new Motorola handset with model number XT1662 surfaced on GFXBench and it's widely believed to be the new Moto X (2016).
Before the latest Moto Z smartphones became official, rumor had it that the new line would come to replace the existing Moto X series. Not long after the official Moto Z unveiling, however, Motorola confirmed that it did not plan to replace the Moto X, the Moto Z was merely a different breed designed to offer a different experience.
More specifically, the Moto Z series would serve as the new flagships, offering high-end specs and modular extensions through special accessories called Moto Mods, while the Moto X series would slip to the upper-midrange segment of the smartphone market.
A new benchmark listing for what looks like the Moto X (2016) now seems to support that theory, revealing upper-midrange specs for a Motorola XT1662. The handset will apparently feature a 4.6-inch full HD (1080p) display, an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 (also known as the Helio P10) processor clocked at 2.1 GHz, Mali-T860 graphics and 3 GB of RAM.
Other listed specifications include 32 GB of native storage space, a 16-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel selfie cam and Android 6.0 on board out of the box.
If this is indeed the new-generation Moto X (2016), it will mark a significant departure from last year's models that boasted large screens of 5.5 and 5.7 inches. The Moto X models from 2015 also rocked a higher QHD resolution (except for one model) and packed Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
On the other hand, this tuned-down approach would fall in line with Motorola's plans to demote the Moto X series from its previous flagship status to an upper-midrange offering, presumably with an affordable price tag.
No other details are available at this point, but more information should come to light shortly. If the device is already hitting benchmarks, it shouldn't be long until it pops up on TENAA or the FCC to get the necessary certifications before hitting the market. While the FCC may not offer very detailed information in its listings, TENAA typically includes more specs and device images. As always, we'll keep you in the loop as soon as more details hit the surface.
If Motorola releases a new Moto X (2016) with the specifications listed on GFXBench, at an affordable price, would you buy one? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.