Just recently, Lenovo, the parent company of Motorola, re-launched the Kenyan presence of Moto Phones. Their Moto Z series phones are now available in the country including the flagship device, the Moto Z and its midrange counterpart, the Moto Z Play.
We had the privilege of spending a couple of days with the Moto Z and we came out very impressed as we stated in our review. It was the thinnest premium phone in the world but still managed to pack high end specs and the revolutionary Moto Mods, a technology that lets you attach hardware mods magnetically on the back of the phone to add more functionality.
With such a premise, the successor has big shoes to fill. Meet the Moto Z2 and Moto Z2 Play, well at least their renders. When Motorola launched the Z series last years, they promised that they wouldn’t change the 5.5 inch size of their phone so as to continue with the size compatibility of the Moto Mods. This way, Moto Mods used with the Moto Z1 would continue to fit and work on Moto Z2 and beyond.
The renders seem to fit that same 5.5 inch size for both the Z2 and the Z2 Play the only changes are the antennas are now very minimal unlike the glass sections we had on last year’s variants. Also, the two sensors that were next to the front facing fingerprint scanner on last year’s model are now gone. Unfortunately, no specifications were released. But following the last years Z1 and Z1 play, we can forecast that the Moto Z2 will have a high end CPU like the latest Snapdragon 835, the same one on the Samsung Galaxy S8, one of its main rivals. Considering that the Moto Z1 Play has the Snapdragon 625 chipset, this year we expect that the Moto Z2 Play will stick to the Snapdragon 600 series and most likely have the Snapdragon 653.
Lastly, the dates on the renders are indicated as June 8, we suspect that this will be the day that the phones will be unveiled.