Motorola already a strong contender in the budget smartphone segment has recently announced its expansion plans for retail stores. The company has announced the opening of 50 Moto Hubs in the National Capital this month. These exclusive retail stores will be spread across in all the zones including East, West, South, North and Central Delhi.
“We had earlier said that we would be moving into retail. This is the first big step in that direction,” Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India said in a statement.
Moto Hub Stores will have the entire catalogue of Motorola phones and gadgets, including the exclusive online models like Moto X4, Moto Z-series and more. This will enable the customers to check out the products in person and purchase directly from these stores. This was the area where Motorola lacked in the country as the customers were earlier unable to check out the products themselves before buying.
Not only the Motorola Phones, but these stores will also house the official Motorola accessories like on-ear and in-ear headphones and covers in their inventory. In addition to this, the purchase of Moto Mods including JBL Sound Boost 2 speaker Mod, Moto TurboPower Pack battery Mod and Moto GamePad mod, will be available at these Moto Hub Stores as well.
Mathur also said that the opening of 50 Moto Hubs is the mere beginning of this expansion step, they are planning to launch 100 new Moto Hubs in top 100 cities of India as well. With these Moto Hub Stores, the company wants to set a benchmark for the smartphone retail experience, making them the ultimate destination for the customers to interact, engage and purchase at the same place.
In the other news, with majority smartphone makers adopting the bezel-less display designs, Motorola is also hinting a change in its conventional designs. A few leaked images of the Moto X5 show its edge to edge design in a bezel-less display marking a significant update in the design of Motorola Phones.
The upcoming Moto X5 is expected with an edge to edge display with rounded corners and 18:9 aspect ratio. In the compact body design, we are expecting the phone with a 5.9-inch Full HD+ screen, which is not it, as the leaked images also suggest an iPhone X-style notch for the Moto X5, the motive behind which is unclear yet. Additionally, the leaked images also manifest a single software button at the bottom of the display, sitting where the 3-button navigation bar is conventionally placed.
Like most phones, trimming of the bezels will leave no space for the fingerprint sensor in the front, which will be placed at the back of the Moto X, concealed by the rear Batwing logo. The phone is also rumoured to come equipped with “Moto XP” or “Moto’s Smart AI”, but the specifics are yet to be announced.
There are also leaked renders of what possibly could be the three upcoming variants of the Moto G 6th Gen, namely the Moto G6, the G6 Plus, and the G6 Play. Rumours suggest G6 will feature a 5.7-inch FHD+ display, while the G6 Plus will use a 5.93-inch FHD+ display. Motorola is yet to make any official announcements in the matter.