Exclusive: Here’s your first look at the Moto Z2 Play

by Brandon Russell | April 21, 2017

Motorola is gearing up to introduce sequels to some of its biggest devices from last year. Among them, the company is looking to release the Moto Z2 Play, which looks to pick up right where the last one left off.

The picture below was provided to us by a trusted source, revealing some minor design changes set to hit the sequel. For one, the home button has been slightly redesigned to mirror what Motorola introduced with the G5 and G5 Plus. Not only does it double as a home button/fingerprint sensor, but it supports swiping gestures in lieu of on-screen navigation buttons.

The Moto Z2 Play looks just as sleek as last year’s model, with a shimmering gold trim and a thin frame. It keeps the front-facing flash we saw in the previous model, along with the cyclops camera hump.

The allure of last year’s Z Play was the battery life. The device, which also supported Motorola’s Moto Mods, came with a 3,510mAh battery. That’s larger than the batteries included in some of today’s most popular flagships. Not to mention the screen resolution was 1080p, which meant the device could survive a heavy day of use with plenty of juice leftover.

Our source didn’t provide any specs for the Moto Z2 Play, but we’re not expecting any major upgrades. The Moto Z Play came with a Snapdragon 625 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 16-megapixel camera, along with that enormous battery. You buy this phone for its battery life, not for its specs.

The image features a date of June 8 on the screen, which is a Thursday (and during the week of Apple’s WWDC). Last year, the Moto Z Play wasn’t unveiled until August, so it looks like the sequel could be set to make an early debut.



Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...