Motorola, yesterday officially confirmed that it would launch smartphones under six series going forward. The lineup will be the Moto Z, Moto X, Moto G, Moto M, Moto E, and Moto C. The company is slated to unveil three smartphones in the Moto Z lineup modular lineup this year- the standard Moto Z2, the shatterproof display Moto Z2 Force, and the affordable Moto Z2 Play.
Rumours are rife that the Moto Z2 Play will be more of a downgrade when compared to the Moto Z Play, rather than an upgrade. According to the latest leak, Motorola will announce the phone at the Computex 2017 event in Taipei and in Brazil on June 1, 2017. Furthermore, a user has posted the images of the Moto Z2 Play along with the sealed package on Google Plus. He also posted the screenshot of the CPU-Z application which confirmed the complete specifications of the phone.
The Moto Z2 Play will support the first generation Moto Mods, but this time around Motorola will call them as ‘Moto Snaps.’ Also, the user claims that the device does not feature the glass body the back. Instead, it has an aluminium body, which is a welcome change because the Z Play was a fingerprint magnet. However, you can use the Moto Style Mod to stay away from the fingerprints.
Coming to the specifications of the phone, the Z2 Play will feature the same 5.5-inch Full HD display as its predecessor. Motorola is going with the same display size because of the Moto Mods. The major disappointment with the Z2 Play is the internals. The phone will pack a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC, which offers just 10 percent better performance than the Snapdragon 625 used in the Moto Z Play. Also, the performance improvement can’t be seen in real life scenarios.
The Z2 Play will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, a significant upgrade, nonetheless. The same Adreno 506 GPU will take care of graphics in the phone.
Another major upgrade in the Moto Z2 Play will be the rear camera. It will come equipped with a 12MP dual pixel camera with support for laser autofocus technology. There will be an 8MP front-facing camera with dual tone LED flash.
The Moto Z Play was a huge hit because of the battery life it offered. It was also rated as the best battery smartphone of 2016. Clubbed with a 3510mAh battery and Snapdragon 625 SoC, the phone never refused to die. However, to make the device’s portfolio slim, Motorola is trimming down the battery size to 3000mAh. The Z2 Play will measure 5.9mm in thickness.
That said, the Moto Z2 Play with the specifications mentioned above will disappoint the users who are looking to upgrade from the Moto Z Play. The 3000mAh battery may last for a complete day, but it won’t deliver the battery life of Moto Z Play. The phone will be official in the next two days and will land in India later on. Will you pick a Moto Z2 Play? Let us know in the comments space below.
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