Motorola reportedly cancels Moto X5; its Chicago engineering team faces layoffs

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According to an anonymous source, Motorola plans to abandon plans for the Moto X5. Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India confirmed that the company would set up 1000 Moto Hubs across 100 cities going forward. The Lenovo-owned brand has reportedly laid off many of its engineers from the Chicago team and canceled the upcoming Moto X5. However, that changed with the introduction of the Moto Z line, and, we didn't see any Moto X phone coming to market for sometime.

Yesterday there were reports that Motorola had laid off a significant number of employees from the engineering division of their Chicago branch, which Android Police later reported to have been 190 staff.

The Moto X5 was never officially announced by the company, but a lot of the details of the device leaked at the beginning of 2018.

The report further says that Motorola will be narrowing its focus back to Moto G, Moto E, and the Moto Z Smartphones.

Motorola was one of the most trusted mobile brands in the world. Reports coming out of the USA are that not only have Motorola had to lay off employees but also that they have cancelled one of their popular lines of phones.

Last month, it launched the Moto Z2 Force in the country and next month, it might launch the Moto G6 series in the country, followed by Moto E5 lineup and Moto Z3 devices. Its strategy resembled the machine gun approach on which Samsung relied for a long time. There have been reports about the dire situation facing Lenovo as both its smartphone division, which includes Motorola, and its computer business are struggling to make profits over the past few years. However, the promises haven't been fulfilled, and Motorola continues to suffer from low sales. The entire Moto Mod concept need to be overhauled. Hopefully this refocusing can turn things around for Motorola. However, the company is looking to downsize its efforts to focus only on Mods that are practical and profitable.

However, Liangchen Chen, the owner of the Keyboard Moto Mod, said the future is bleak for the Z series as well. Let us know in the comments!