Motorola Announces The Moto Z2 Play

Yesterday, Motorola Canada revealed on Twitter that there would be an announcement on Thursday. Today, we learned that the announcement was for the Moto Z2 Play, the successor to last year’s Moto Z Play.

The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch display and Moto Mods, which were part of the Moto Z phones of 2016. The Moto Mods give users the ability to attach accessories they want to their Moto Z. During the announcement, the company said there would be four new Moto Mods, including the Moto Style Shells with Wireless Charging, which will cost $40. Other Moto Mods such as the JBL SoundBoost 2 will cost $79.99.

Moto Z2 Play Specs

The new Moto Z2 Play comes with a number improvements, including a new camera and a better processor. Here are the specs of the Moto Z2 Play:

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display.
  • 3GB or 4GB of RAM along with an option of 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable with a microSD card.
  • Snapdragon 626 processor.
  • 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.
  • 3,000mAh battery, which is smaller than last year’s release. Motorola says the Moto Z2 Play gets up to 30 hours of battery life.
  • Fingerprint scanner located on the button below the screen.
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

The company also announced the Moto GamePad, a controller that attaches to the phone. The price of the controller is $79.99. The Moto Mods will be released this summer. Motorola announced earlier this year that it plans to release at least twelve Moto Mods in 2017.

More Announcements Soon?

The Moto Z2 Play was rumored to be the phone for the announcement today but Motorola’s leaked presentation a few days ago also led to rumors about a different phone being announced. The leaked presentation not only shows two Moto G5S phones but also the Moto E and Moto X. The Moto C, which is also seen in the presentation, was announced just a few weeks ago. The Moto X series, which last made an appearance in 2015, was also heavily rumored for the announcement. The company has said the series has not been replaced and the leaked presentation showed one Moto X phone.

The Moto Z2 Play has just been unveiled but the recent rumors and leaked presentation could mean many more announcements from Lenovo and Motorola in the next few months. The Moto Z2 Play unlocked will sell for $499 on Motorola’s official website. The phone will also be available from Verizon.

What do you think about Motorola’s newest phone? What do you think of Moto Mods? Let us know in the comments.