The Moto G4 is on the way (which is the conclusion most come to when images start leaking all over the place), but company invitations often seal the deal and leave little room for further doubt. In Motorola’s case, the company has finally decided to proceed with what many have seen in the latest photos and sent out invitations for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in India. “You wouldn’t want to miss this!” the invite reads, followed by “17th May New Delhi,” with Motorola’s familiar “M” logo brandon at the bottom right of the invite.
What this tells us is that Motorola will unveil a new device on May 17th; there are no hints that this is a new phone or phones (plural), though recent leaks have confirmed the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus exist and, as usual, will be announced. This announcement seems to be the one, since it comes right on the heels of the G4 and G4 Plus leaks. Next, we know Motorola is set to make phones, and the company hasn’t made a tablet in years (so it’s unlikely to be a tablet). Also, Google I/O 2016 is right around the corner, and Motorola may wait until summer’s end to release a Moto 360 2016 Edition (or a third-generation Moto 360), so it’s still too early for a new Motorola smartwatch. With those possibilities out of the way, we can safely deduce that at least one new phone is on the way.
From what we know about the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus, we know that the G4 Plus will have a wider display, that both will sport something of a “squircular” (yes, a combination of square and circular) home button that could double as a fingerprint sensor. The remaining build of the leaks matches what we’ve come to expect of a Motorola device, though Motorola may have something of a different pattern on the back cover or different back cover design for these new devices.
The Moto G4 and G4 Plus may not make it to the US until this summer, but India will be the first to see and experience them. Motorola has received some major criticism from consumers because its product support isn’t what it once was (which some blame on the company’s Lenovo acquisition), leading many stock Android US customers out of “flavor” with Motorola. Motorola’s move to court India is wise, however, considering that over 1 billion people worldwide live in the country and that all major manufacturers (Apple and Samsung included) are also courting Indian customers. Smartphone saturation has peaked at the high-end in industrialized countries such as the US and the UK (Europe), and analysts have said time and time again that moving forward, the greatest income and untapped territory will come from emerging markets (of which India happens to be one).