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Moto Z Play with headphone jack inches closer to launch

by Jacob Kleinman | August 3, 2016August 3, 2016 10:20 am PST

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force both ship without a headphone jack, trading functionality for a slimmer and more streamlined design. Rumor has it a third handset with a traditional 3.5mm port is still on the way, and now the alleged Moto Z Play may be a few steps closer to launching.

The device was recently spotted passing through China’s TENAA certification. The filing includes a handful of photos of the device, though the bottom-facing headphone jack isn’t visible. The images do reveal a rear camera hump, along with the magnetic connector needed to support Lenovo’s Moto Mod attachments.

The Moto Z Play has also been approved by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). It hasn’t popped up in an FCC filing just yet, but it’s probably only a matter of time.

The Moto Z Play apparently packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3,300 or 3,510mAh battery. It could be just 6.9mm thick and come in black or white color options.

That’s not quite as impressive as the flagship Moto Z, but it should still add up to a pretty solid smartphone. If you’re willing to trade a headphone jack for cutting-edge specs the Moto Z Play may be the smartphone for you.

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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...