Moto Z Play could still be happening, as new benchmarks surface

Moto Z Play could still be happening, as new benchmarks surface
Last week Motorola introduced its latest smartphones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force with their shared support for Moto Mods hardware expansion. While this was definitely big news, and it was great to see that hardware go official, we've also been hearing about a bunch of other hardware Motorola's reportedly still got in the pipeline. That includes maybe seeing the Moto X line live on in the form of a new phone, and we just checked out some benchmarks that could be some evidence for that very handset. Now we've got another benchmark discovery, looking at a phone believed to be the Moto Z Play.

In the weeks leading up to the Moto Z's launch, we heard about several internal codenames, including Vertex and Vector Thin. The Vector Thin proved to be the phone we ultimately got as the Moto Z, with flagship-level specs. But the midrange-looking Vertex never actually launched. Rumors had suggested the phone would emerge as the Moto Z Play, and even after skipping last week's launch, sources have suggested that the phone could still be on its way.

Now a new Geekbench report reveals Motorola's model XT1635-01, a Marshmallow-based handset running a Snapdragon 625 – exactly the same chip attached to those Vertex/Moto Z Play rumors.

The benchmark doesn't offer a ton of hardware detail, but it does reveal the presence of 3GB of RAM – and we had heard that the Moto Z Play could be produced in both 2GB and 3GB configurations.

None of this brings us much closer to working out Motorola's launch plans for the phone, or even confirming that it's still on its way, but nice to pick up some possible new evidence for the handset's existence, all the same. Previous rumors have suggested that the Moto Z Play will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display and pack a 16MP camera.

source: Geekbench via The Droid Guy

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