Leaked press render of the Moto Z2 Play shows a very incremental update

Leaked press render of the Moto Z2 Play shows a very incremental update
Although a drastic departure from the previous Moto X flagship series, Motorola and Lenovo's Moto Z lineup offered some of the most interesting smartphones of 2016. Although not entirely modular like the now-deceased Project Ara, the Moto Z lineup's ability to swap battery packs, speakers, projectors, and more on the back of the phones still remains incredibly futuristic and sleek.

Of all the Moto Z smartphones that were released last year, the most affordable was that of the Moto Z Play. The Z Play aimed to offer access into Motorola's Moto Mod ecosystem for a low price, and while it certainly did that, it also proved to have some of the best battery life of any smartphone that year. TechnoBuffalo recently got its hands on a supposed press render of the upcoming Moto Z2 Play, and while the difference between it and the original aren't massive, there are still a few nice additions throughout the design.


For one thing, Motorola has gotten rid of the odd square-shaped fingerprint scanner in favor of a more rounded one that's akin to the likes of recently released Moto G5 and G5 Plus. Similar to those two phones, the fingerprint scanner on the Z2 Play will also allow users to interact with it as a home, back, and recent apps button through the use of various taps and swipes. The front-facing flash appears to have gotten an upgrade to a two-tone sensor, and the Moto Mod pin connection system on the back looks to be a bit tidier as well.

There's currently no word as to what sort of specs the Z2 Play will come equipped with, but the date of June 8 on the display indicates that we shouldn't have to wait too much longer before we get to feast our eyes upon this and the other Moto handsets that Motorola and Lenovo are currently working on.

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7 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why fix what isn't broken is their idea, I guess.

5. Furbal unregistered

Yeap, only thing that needs updated is a better camera.

2. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

Judging by these renders, the bezels have also been slightly reduced along with the overall thickness of the device. It looks more like a Moto Z in chunkiness than the Moto Z Play (which in turn looked more like a Moto Z Force). If they managed to do that while still retaining the battery that made the first generation Z Play so good...that'll be a tempting package.

3. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I rather have bigger battery than slimming the phone. Just imagine 4K mAh battery on it. Damn that would be an upgrade for Moto Z play.

4. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

If they can just improve the camera this time, and maybe bump up the battery to 3800 mAh, and keep it between $400-$500, I'M SOLD! I mean they should be able to. The G5 and G5 plus received a bump in its camera from the G4 and G4 plus, and they are only $229 and $299. So wit the $150-$220 price difference, it should be able to be done. Heck, put the same G5 plus camera sensor in there, and work on better image processing, and I'm sold.

6. Furbal unregistered

g5 camera + ois would work well on the Z play 2, i'd happily pay $400-$449 for that.

7. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Please let it have the SD660. It would be instant hit. Unfortunately Moto isn't known for making the right choices lately.

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