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Leaked render gives us our first look at Motorola's 'flagship' Moto G phone

Moto G Power 2020 Hands On
Moto G Power 2020 Hands On (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The first render of Motorola's first 'flagship-grade' Moto G phone has surfaced.
  • It will come with dual selfie cameras, just like the Moto G 5G Plus.
  • The device is codenamed "Nio" and will be powered by a Snapdragon 800-series chipset.

Motorola President Sergio Buniac revealed at the Qualcomm Tech Summit earlier this week that the company is working on a Moto G phone powered by a Snapdragon 800-series chipset. While it isn't clear yet if the device will feature Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 chipset, reliable leaker Evan Blass has now posted the first render of the upcoming Moto G phone in a post on Voice.

Motorola Nio Render

Source: Evan Blass (Image credit: Source: Evan Blass)

The phone will likely debut sometime early next year to take on some of the best Android phones in the value flagship segment, including Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE and the Google Pixel 5.

The render reveals a design that appears to be very similar to the Moto G 5G Plus that the Lenovo-owned company launched earlier this year. We see dual hole-punch cutouts on the top-left corner of the display and a sizeable chin at the bottom.

As per Blass, the upcoming device is codenamed "Nio" and will include a USB-C port with support for a "DisplayPort Alternate Mode," making it possible for users to connect the phone to external monitors. As teased by the company earlier this week, it is working on a desktop mode similar to Samsung DeX.

According to XDA Developers, the upcoming device will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset, paired with at least 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. It is also expected to pack a large 5,000mAh battery and and a unique 105Hz refresh rate display.

Moto G Power

Moto G Power

The Moto G Power may not have a flagship-grade chipset, but it is the best Moto G phone currently on sale in the U.S. It offers up to three days of battery life and a solid Android experience at a surprisingly affordable price point.

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
3 Comments
  • promise 3 OS updates and get your camera software at least on par with samsung and i'll be a moto buyer again
  • USB-C DP Alt mode isn't that important because the docking stations that use Display Link over USB drivers work for any Android device. Also there is always Miracast or Chromecast to get your phone on a bigger screen.
  • I will definitely be on the lookout for this!