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Moto Z said to replace Moto X this year

by Jacob Kleinman | May 17, 2016May 17, 2016 1:15 pm PST

The new Moto X is expected to arrive later this summer, and it turns out Lenovo could have some big changes planned for the flagship lineup. VentureBeat reports that the Chinese company is set to rebrand the new devices as “Moto Z” instead.

Lenovo is still expected to launch two versions of the new phone, apparently called the Moto Z Play and Moto Z Style in a nod to last year’s Moto X lineup. Both devices may pack a 5.5-inch display with a number of key differences.

The flagship Moto Z Style reportedly features a Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization, and a 2600mAh battery. It’s also impressively slim at just 5.2mm.

The Moto Z Play may offer a chunkier 7mm frame with a bigger 3500mAh battery, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 1080p display. It could also come with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, though Lenovo will offer a second variant with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM as well.

Both models are also expected to feature special connector pins in back with support for a series of modular backplates called MotoMods. These accessories will add extra features like a tiny pico projector, stereo speakers and a high-end camera.

Finally, VentureBeat notes that the 2016 DROID lineup will adopt a new naming scheme too. Verizon is apparently ditching its Turbo and MAXX branding. Instead, we could get a Moto Z Play Droid Edition and Moto Z Style Droid Edition.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...