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Motorola Moto G85: New images, but sales ban

The Motorola Moto G85 is expected to launch soon with a Snapdragon 4 Gen 3 chip and a 50MP main camera with OIS.
Motorola Moto G85

The Motorola Moto G84 has just made its European debut and the Moto G85 has been floating around the rumor mill for over a month. The latest additions are a set of high-quality renders of the Moto G85 in gray and green, complementing the previously leaked purple color.

According to the images, the Motorola Moto G85 has a curved OLED display and a revised camera island on the back that merges with the frame. The renders also confirm a 50-megapixel main camera with OIS. We already know that the device will come with a Snapdragon 4 Gen 3 chipset as well as 8/12 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage. Android 14 is used as the operating system. The price in Europe is expected to be around 300 euros for the 12/256 GB version.

Sales ban for Motorola in Germany

So much for the good news, now comes the bad. After a court ruling, Lenovo and its subsidiary Motorola are threatened with a sales ban in Germany. The legal dispute between Lenovo and the US company InterDigital concerns patent infringement on WWAN modules. These modules enable wireless cellular connectivity in smartphones and other portable devices. Therefore, all devices that support GSM, UMTS, LTE and 5G connectivity will not be permitted on the German market.

This obviously includes almost all Motorola smartphones, including the latest Edge 50 series. The court ruled that Lenovo was using technology on which InterDigital holds a patent. However, the China-based company did not comply with InterDigital’s demands for fair and reasonable license fees. Contrary to the court’s decision, Lenovo believes that InterDigital’s terms are not fair and will appeal the court’s decision.

Currently, only third-party vendors sell Lenovo and Motorola branded devices while stocks last. However, the two companies no longer list devices with WWAN in their official web shops. As usual, the two companies will likely reach an out-of-court settlement and the affected mobile devices will go back on sale. However, it is currently completely unclear how long the sales ban on Motorola and Lenovo will last in Germany.

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Thomas Dietrich
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