Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Moto X5 gets cancelled as Motorola fires up to 50% of staff

Moto X5 gets cancelled as Motorola fires up to 50% of staff

While the mobile phone company confirmed the layoffs in its office in Chicago, it announced that the Moto Z series of modular phones would continue appearing. This is not all, another report by the publication adds that the company has announced that it will can the unannounced Moto X5 in addition to scaling back its Moto Mod program to focus on the most popular mods which sell well in the market.

A report by Android Police, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims the Moto X5 is being abandoned by Lenovo as an effect of the layoffs. It said that the brand Moto would be now concentrating on the G, E, and Z smartphone ranges and that the X series, later on, might make a comeback.

In a cost cutting exercise Motorola are also looking to scale back their involvement in the development of third party Moto Mods. Their expected last day of work is April 6, 2018. The Moto Z2 Force was the latest device from the Moto Z line, and it was released the last summer. "In late 2017, Lenovo announced a worldwide resource action that would occur over the next several quarters, and impacting less than two percent of its global workforce", a Motorola spokesperson told Engadget.

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This became very plausible because Liangchen Checn, the creator of Keyboard Moto Mod implied that there is not a direct contact in Chicago, because of the cuts. Motorola countered our reported with a very vague statement, saying the layoffs were less than half of the existing staff (AP confirmed it to be a total of 190 people) and that the Moto Z family would live on.

This statement pretty much confirms that the brand will continue with its efforts in the modular smartphone space with the Moto Z series. The number of "employment reductions" was not mentioned however. When asked if the Moto Z line would get the axe too, he said, "To be honest, it looks even worse than that..." The leak had no additional details other than the image.

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