Motorola to Unveil Next Flagship Phone on April 22

The Lenovo brand is jumping back into premium handset waters

Motorola's trying to reestablish itself as a leading Android handset manufacturer. This potentially sexy new flagship could be just what it needs to succeed.

Motorola Moto Z
Motorola's Moto Z, its last flagship phone.  Lifewire / Lance Ulanoff

Mark your calendars, Motorola is launching what may be its sexiest Android phone in years.

When and where? The company, which is owned by Lenovo, dropped a six-second teaser video on Twitter inviting everyone to a "Motorola Launch E-vent" on Wednesday, April 22 at 11 AM CDT. It did not list a online location but it's reasonable to assume it will be on either Twitter, Motorola's official site, or both.

Tell us about the phone: From the video little can be discerned beyond what appears to be an edge-to-edge display that curves around the the side of the phone. However, according to numerous leaks, the flagship Android phone will feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 CPU, 5G, a 5,000 mAh battery, a small drill-through front camera, and a triple camera array on the back.

What happened to Motorola? The company that launched the mobile phone revolution in the 1980s and was a force to be reckoned with right into the early part of this century lost its way soon after the arrival of the iPhone. The company stumbled along, changing hands more than once until it landed with Lenovo, which is a Chinese company (IBM's computer business was sold to Lenovo in 2005).

Don't they make a folding phone? The flexible screen Motorola Razr was generally slammed by reviewers.

Bottom Line: The Android market is dominated by Samsung with an ever-growing number of smaller players chipping away at its global market share. Motorola can rely on the legacy strength of its brand to get noticed, but it remains to be seen if it can turn a ripple of interest into a wave of excitement with this upcoming flagship device.

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