Motorola dashes promises of 5-inch displays and fingerprint scanners for budget phones


It’s happened again, folks: another report translation lost some of the fine details as people chucked the words through Google Translate. Motorola reached out to clarify statements made by Chen Xudong, a senior vice president at Lenovo, regarding the future of Motorola’s budget line.

The report was originally interpreted to mean that all of Motorola’s phones — even budget offerings like the Moto G and Moto E — would have fingerprint scanners in 2016 and beyond, but Motorola says Xudong was only speaking for the phones launching in China. Here’s a statement the company sent to Phandroid today:

Xudong was referring to products specific to the China market. We’ll share more information about our 2016 products at a later time.

And that’s that. It’s important to note that this doesn’t rule out that the same will be true in any other markets, but Motorola and Lenovo aren’t willing to be held to the expectations set forth by the original report right now. Perhaps you guys will give them a convincing argument to make it happen either way, so leave a comment voicing your interest for such a move in the comments ahead.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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