Lenovo's approach to smartphones took an interesting turn with the launch of the Moto Z and its accompanying system of Moto Mods that bring new abilities to the flagship smartphone. At MWC 2017, the company launched new mods, including a game pad that appears to show an unreleased handset that could be the Moto Z2 model. After having launched the Moto Z2 Play - an official release date has been sent out for the Moto Z2.
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Motorola Moto Z2: The name is confirmed
After some initial doubt, we now know the official name of the "Moto Z 2017" thanks to the serial leaker Evan Blass. Its not really a surprise, seeing as Motorola/Lenovo have used the same system over and over again for their Moto G and Moto E series.
So, like, this is happening. pic.twitter.com/mwyEPAbCXq— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 5, 2017
Motorola Moto Z2: Design
The design of the next Moto flagship hasn't changed enormously. This isn't particularly surprising in itself as Moto Mods were created with the intent that they would be compatible with the Moto Z successor. The changes we do see are a double LED flash on the front of the device (vs a single LED on the current Moto Z), a new fingerprint scanner on the front, as well as a dual camera on the back.
Apart from the camera, the Moto Z2 is pretty similar to the Moto Z2 Play. The image revealed on the official Moto website also shows the Moto Mods that the smartphone will be compatible with: Hasselblad True Zoom Camera mod, Portable Photo Printer Mod, Turbo Power Battery Case Mod, 360 Camera Mod, JBL Speaker and the GamePad.
Motorola Moto Z2: Specs
The Moto Z2 - according to the latest rumors - will be equipped with a Snapdragon 835 processor along with 6GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch QHD display. Early rumors had revealed that the camera will offer less megapixels, though this would apparently be compensated by a better camera sensor, giving it a drastically increased performance in low light environments.
Motorola Moto Z2: new Moto Mods incoming
During Mobile World Congress 2017, the new Moto Mod that first hinted at the Moto Z 2017 was the gamepad accessory, which (as you might expect) you pop your phone inside of to turn it into a fully functional control pad for gaming. In the middle of the image is a phone that doesn't appear to be the original Moto Z.
While there's no guarantee that the device is indeed a successor for the Moto Z, the home button doesn't look like the one found on the Moto Z and there are changes to other aspects, like the speaker and camera flash.
The suggestion that Lenovo may have subtly leaked its new Moto Z during MWC are given added weight by a new image that has surfaced on Weibo.
Naturally, an unverified image posted on Weibo isn't concrete confirmation of anything. The image could easily have been designed after the MWC announcement, and therefore be based on the appearance of the device in the gamepad.
However, it's tough to think that Lenovo would 'accidentally' leak its own upcoming flagship handset. What's more likely is that it's a more generic image included for illustrative purposes. Nonetheless, because the size of each Moto Mod is set at the size of the handset - and Mods should work with 2016 and 2017 devices - we do know that it's going to be roughly the same size and depth.
After the official release of the Moto Z2 Play a few weeks ago, Motorola seems like its finally ready to Moto Z2. Official invites have gone out and Motorola will unveil the Moto Z2 on the 27th of June, 2017.
Are you holding out for the launch of the Moto Z2? Are you excited about the Moto Mods? Let us know in the comments below!