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(Pocket-lint) - Motorola may have had its next Moto X leaked ahead of its expected appearance in 2016.

The claimed next-gen Moto X has appeared on Chinese website Wapvnet after being sent in by an anonymous source. Since Motorola has previously released its other Moto X handsets around August to September time we're taking this very early leak with a pinch of salt.

That said there are lots of rumours flying around that other manufacturers may release handsets early in 2016.

The photo of the handset shows a newly designed form with a full metal unibody. The camera appears to be raised from the rest of the shell suggesting an upgraded setup there, or at least a thinner handset. The bottom of the rear appears to feature drilled speaker holes split into two sections, presumably for stereo sound.

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The edges of the handset appear rounded while three side buttons jut out, presumably for power and volume control.

Aside from the phone being in a metallic finish little else has been revealed visually. Although the source claims the new Moto X will feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU.

It's early days yet but a redesign for the Moto X 2016 could be on the cards. Here's hoping Motorola includes that new ShatterShield screen from the Moto X Force.

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Writing by Luke Edwards. Originally published on 16 December 2015.