Lenovo confirms the Motorola Moto G and Moto E are dead

RIP, Moto G. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

RIP, Moto G. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Lenovo has confirmed that the midrange Moto G and entry-level Moto E are dead as Motorola — now dubbed “Moto by Lenovo” — switches its focus to high-end devices. Lenovo will continue to offer more affordable smartphones as part of its Vibe range.

When Lenovo announced its re-branding of Motorola last week, it hinted that the Moto G and Moto E may not be a part of its future plans. Now Chen Xudong, senior vice president of Lenovo, has confirmed that we won’t be seeing any more of these devices in the future, reports Digital Trends.

This is more than a little surprising given the popularity of Motorola’s more affordable smartphones. The Moto G has become the company’s best-selling handset since making its debut in November 2013, and still serves as an excellent Android device with capable specifications for those on a budget.

It’s certainly possibly we’ll see variants of these devices introduced to the Lenovo Vibe lineup, but without the things the Moto G and Moto E are famous for — customization, near-pure Android software, and features like Moto Assist — they just won’t be the same, and certainly nowhere near as successful outside of China.

On Monday, Chen confirmed to Tech Sina that all of the devices we get from Moto in 2016 will come with displays at least 5 inches in size, and will offer fingerprint scanners. Smaller devices aren’t all that popular outside of Europe, Chen added, so the company sees no reason in investing in them.

Perhaps Lenovo will change its stance later if it notices a big hit after dropping the Moto G and Moto E, but for now at least, Moto is solely focused on the Moto X, and any other high-end devices that may be in the pipeline.