Motorola returns to China with 6-inch Moto X Pro

Yes, it's a Nexus 6 without the Nexus logo. Photo: Motorola

Yes, it’s a Nexus 6 without the Nexus logo. Photo: Motorola

Motorola is making a comeback in China, and it has a trick up its sleeve that it is hoping will bring success in a market that’s obsessed with super-sized smartphones — a 6-inch Moto X with Quad HD display. The device is essentially a rebranded Nexus 6, and it’s joined by Motorola’s original 2014 Moto X and Moto G.

The new Moto X Pro has the same 6-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 13-megapixel camera, and 3,220mAh battery found in the Nexus 6. It also looks exactly the same, but of course, Motorola has removed the Nexus logo. The handset’s software will be slightly different, too.

Instead of pure Android, the Moto X Pro will run Motorola’s own Android software, which will have features like Moto Assist, Alert, and Migrate baked-in. Presumably, it will also be missing the Google Play Store, Gmail, and other Google apps which are blocked in China.

Motorola will also be launching a slightly better version of the Moto G in China. While it will look the same as the original and share most of the same internal components, it will also have 4G LTE connectivity, and dual SIM card slots like the European model.

The Moto X Pro, along with the 2014 Moto X and Moto G, is set to go on sale in China on February 19 — right after the Chinese New Year. Motorola hasn’t yet announced any plans to launch the device in international markets, but we don’t expect China to retain its exclusivity for too long.