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Lenovo appears to be gearing up to release the Moto E (2016) aka Moto E (3rd Gen), two from a popular budget smartphone series, perhaps sooner than expected. Reports of a possible 2016 version of the Moto E have surfaced more than a year after the Moto E 2nd generation was released.

The Chinese technology giant is tight-lipped on the release date of the Moto E (2016), but there are hints that it could be launched sooner than later. A report by MobiExpose (via GSMArena) has claimed Lenovo devices with model numbers XT1700 and XT1706, believed to be the Moto E (2016), have received Bluetooth (v4.0) certification, which is a prerequisite for the release of a smartphone. 

Lenovo XT1700 and XT1706 were recently spotted on GFXBench with 5-inch HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a MediaTek MT6735P SoC, 16GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, an 8MP main camera and a 5MP front-snapper.

It may be mentioned that the Moto E (2nd Gen) released in early 2015, sports a 4.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 540x960 pixels (245 ppi pixel density), measures 129.9x66.8x12.3 mm in dimension, and weighs 145 g.

Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (for 3G model) / Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (for LTE model) processor, Android 5.1 Lollipop, 8GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB via microSD card, 1GB RAM, a 5MP main camera with f/2.2 aperture and autofocus, a VGA front-snapper, and a 2,390mAh battery.