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Next-gen Moto G renders trickle online

The next version of Motorola's G-smartphone family may not be all that different from the current model.

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The next-gen Moto G may closely resemble the current model. TechnoBuffalo

It's that time of year again, where the Motorola leaks should start coming fast and furious. Tuesday, for instance, finds us looking at alleged press renders for the next-generation Moto G .

Obtained by TechnoBuffalo, the new images show a device that doesn't stray too far from its predecessors. From the front, at least, the phone looks nearly identical to the current model. An alleged render of the rear shows a hint of newness: a different finish on the back and a detail that joins the typical Moto dimple to the camera module.

What's inside the next take on the Moto G is also rumored to play a familiar tune, with a 5-inch 1,280x720 display and a 13-megapixel/5-megapixel camera combo.

Reportedly, the handset could also pack a Snapdragon 410 processor with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. And, of course, there's also support for 4G LTE connectivity.

Presumably, Motorola preloads the phone with the latest version of Android . My gut tells me the handset could beat the official release of Android M to market, making it an Android 5.0 device that would probably be among the first to score an update, given Motorola's timely track record.

The last few years have seen Motorola's key device announcements arriving in late summer. If Moto follows the same pattern, we should also get refreshes to the Moto X and Moto 360 smartwatch at the same time.