Motorola updated its Moto X range of smartphones earlier this year by unveiling two new models. The Moto X Style and Moto X Play. The former was confirmed to arrive in the United States as the off-contract Moto X Pure Edition. The latter is the budget-friendly version which is already available.
On Monday, fresh reports emerge suggesting that the device maker is not done with launching 2015 models. A device allegedly called "Motorola Bounce," a handset seen as a smaller but more powerful version of the Moto X Style, will reportedly arrive in time for this year's holiday season.
This news comes from a familiar source, a Twitter account called "@upleaks" which already shared details about a handful of unannounced devices accurately in the past. The leakster shared a supposed image of the Motorola Bounce (pictured above) and captioned it with "Motorola Bounce: 5.43" QHD, MSM8994, 32or64GB/3GB, 21MP/5MP, 3760mAh, Shatterproof, December."
The single Twitter post has given several hints about the Bounce's hardware specifications. It will apparently be fitted with a 5.43-inch QHD display with 2560×1440 resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset along with 3GB worth of RAM. There will be storage variants of 32 or 64GB, though the option of expanding it via a microSD card is not mentioned.
The main camera will have a 21-megapixel sensor partnered with a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. Things will be powered up by a large 3,760mAh battery. A December release date could mean that it will run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
One of the main highlights of the rumored handset will most likely be its "shatterproof" design. This property is measured using the MIL-STD rating (U.S. Military Standard), as opposed to the more common IP rating which only measures water and dust resistance.
If this shatterproof property is true, then the Motorola Bounce may be the company's rugged version of the Moto X Style, similar to what Samsung has done with the Galaxy S6 Active. Aside from having an IP52 certification, the S6 Active is also MIL-STD 810G-certified, meaning it can withstand certain levels of exposure to humidity, rain, vibration, salt, dust, transport and thermal shock.
For perspective, the present Moto X Style flagship packs a 5.7-inch QHD display, a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The same 21MP rear and 5MP front camera combo is furnished but it comes with a less powerful 3,000mAh battery. It supports 4G LTE networks and runs on the current Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware.