When will the Moto G10 be released?
It used to be reasonable easy to predict when Motorola updated its G series, but since the G8 range appeared, featuring various models arriving at different times, this has become more complicated.
For example, the Moto G8 Plus first appeared at the end of 2019, followed a month or two later by the Moto G8 Power. March 2020 saw the arrival of the standard Moto G8, and finally a month later the lineup was complete with the introduction of the Moto G8 Power Lite.
Or so we thought, as in September the Moto G Pro (also known as the Moto G Stylus in the US), appeared on the scene in Europe, having been available in North America since early in the year.
But Motorola wasn’t finished there. Visit the European site and you’ll see the Moto G9 Play listed, with a 'Register for Interest' button so you can be notified when it appears. As we were writing this article we also received confirmation that Motorola has also released the Moto G9 Power and plans to follow this with the Moto G9 Plus. On top of that, there’s now leaks around the release of the Moto G10, although at the moment your guess of when it will appear is as good as ours.
We’re hopeful that the company may rationalise its range once more and return to the March/April release slot, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
How much will the Moto G10 cost?
With no standard Moto G9 model currently in the line-up, we have to rely on previous generations to give us some clues. When the Moto G7 was launched in 2019 it cost £239/$299 and was followed by the Moto G8 in 2020 that saw a costs cut to £179 (around $230).
Although there's no Moto G9 (so far), the Moto G9 Play was announced by Motorola in August, for an attractive £159. This model is usually cheaper than the standard version, but we can only speculate that if the Moto G10 arrives then it will probably be around the £199/$249 mark.
What features and specs will be included in the Moto G10?
A major leak from OnLeaks, a well-known tech tipster, appeared recently outlining the specs and design of the successor to the Moto G9 Play. With no standard Moto G9 this could mean that the Play series has now been moved into that slot going forward, unless Motorola plans to surprise us by releasing the G9 after all the other models in the current G series. If the former is the case, then the model revealed by OnLeaks could be the closest thing we’ll see to the Moto G10.
The most obvious change to the design in the leaked images is that Motorola appears to have ditched the notch or teardrop that houses the front camera, opting instead for a punch-hole style opening in the top left corner, similar to those found on the Google Pixel 4a, Xiaomi Mi 10T and the recently announced Moto G9 Power.
The rear camera arrangement comprises three lenses, although there's no confirmation on what they be, but the placement moves from the upper left corner to the centre.
Back on the front, there appears to be a 6.5in display, most likely an IPS LCD like on the Moto G8. That device has a 6.4in screen, so the similar size keeps up that pattern.
The Moto G8 was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, so it's possible that the Moto G10 may move to the mid-range Snapdragon 765, bringing with it 5G capabilities, which would be a standout feature at this price. But, of course, there's no confirmation of this as the time of writing.
The only other details included in the leak are rough dimensions of 165.3 x 75.4 x 9.5mm (with the camera bump raising the last figure to 10.4mm), a fingerprint sensor in the power button on the side, the fact that there will be a 3.5mm headphone jack (hurrah!) and Motorola has included a 4850mAh battery, which should keep the Moto G10 going for quite a while.
To see which other devices it will be competing with when it is finally released, take a look at our guide to the best budget smartphones.