Motorola reportedly scraps plans to launch the Moto X5

Alonzo Simpson
March 10, 2018

While the company never officially announced the follow-up to last year's Moto X4, information on the upcoming device leaked in January.

We do know that the Moto Z series will also continue, and the recent comments made us believe that Motorola is not willing to give up on the USA, despite its performance there.

Well, the scrapping of Moto X5 plans is a part of the lay-off of Motorola's employees in Chicago.

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Lenovo-owned Motorola has refuted reports about layoff of 50% workforce at its Chicago office and made it clear that its premium Moto Z series smartphones will continue to run. While no other details were shared in the image apart from the design, it is likely that the VR mod will support Google DayDream. We are reducing our Motorola operations in Chicago however this did not impact half of our workforce there and our Moto Z family will continue. Moto Hubs will allow users to get their hands on the latest portfolio of Motorola products under one roof before purchasing the device. But, at IFA 2017 a year ago, Motorola finally revived the Moto X line with the launch of Moto X4. Its strategy resembled the machine gun approach on which Samsung relied for a long time. However, the promises haven't been fulfilled, and Motorola continues to suffer from low sales. The recently launched Moto Mods will also be available for customers to experience and purchase. While the modular phone concept never really became a trend, it is nice to see that Motorola is not abandoning the one thing it does that separates it from the competition. Prior to this announcement, multiple people close to the company have stated that a significant portion of Moto's engineering staff in Chicago has been laid off, with a Moto Mod owner going as far as saying the "Z team in Moto was irreversibly impacted". However, the company is looking to downsize its efforts to focus only on Mods that are practical and profitable.

But, having said that, we could still see the Moto X series making a comeback in the future, but for now, we aren't getting the Moto X5.

We have reached out to Motorola for a comment.

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