Let the guessing game begin! Over at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Motorola has filed for a trademark for a certain “Moto Maxx” name. Though the exact nature of the device is still unknown, the name has usually been applied to a smartphone. But what kind of smartphone will bear this already familiar brand?

This new-old name is actually a bit amusing, as it mixes up two of Motorola’s smartphone lines. The “Moto” part has recently been reserved for Motorola’s most recent standard bearers: the talented Moto X, the budget Moto G, and the “feature phone” Moto E. On the other hand, Motorola has this whole other world of Android devices with the DROID prefix, exclusive to Verizon’s catalog. This includes, of course, the DROID MAXX and the DROID RAZR MAXX (HD).

That DROID line and particular the MAXX models have been known for their bigger than normal battery capacities. The DROID RAZR MAXX HD, for example, has a 3,300 mAh battery while the DROID MAXX has 3,500 mAh. The speculation is that this new Maxx will similarly brandish a long-lasting battery. The “Moto” part, on the other hand, could mean that this won’t just be available from Verizon only and could be launched elsewhere too.

There seems to be many signs of activity from Motorola, but the company has been very silent about new devices. The Moto X is a year old now, uncontested in its position as flagship, a rare privilege for a smartphone in this day and age. There has been rumors of a Moto X+1 that has yet to materialize. And now we have this Moto Maxx trademark to stoke the fires. We could, however, be counting the days to Motorola’s big announcement, if not this month, perhaps next at IFA in Berlin.

VIA: Droid Life