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Lenovo's future Moto phones will all have big displays and fingerprint readers

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The 2016 lineup of Motorola Moto by Lenovo smartphones will be big across the entire family, according to recent interviews with SVP Chen Xudong. Last year, the Moto X's display was a pretty massive 5.7 inches, and it appears Lenovo is done with any size under 5 inches. So whereas the Moto E and Moto G have typically been decent choices for consumers who dislike phablets, those days may be coming to an end. But don't panic just yet; the Moto G already features a 5-inch screen and is totally manageable. Assuming Lenovo just upsizes the Moto E's 4.5-inch display to around those same dimensions, the lineup could still offer some variety for people with smaller hands.

Lenovo's exec also revealed that future Moto smartphones will include fingerprint sensors. Fingerprint authentication is a big feature of Android 6.0 Marshmallow— and we know the Motorola Nexus 6 was once planned to include a sensor — so this doesn't really come as much of a surprise. But it's good to know that Lenovo is finally coming around after keeping fingerprint-tied features off its 2015 roster of Motorola hardware.

Both of these design changes (plus a new brand) mean that the next Moto phones could look substantially different from their predecessors. But it's the same team behind them, according to Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh, so hopefully all the things consumers have come to love — Moto Maker, water-resistant design, etc. — will carry forward as well.