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Moto Z3 Play leaks in some live shots

by Justin Herrick | May 3, 2018May 3, 2018 12:00 pm EST

Motorola doesn’t have a 2018 flagship on the market yet, but that should be changing soon. The Moto Z3 family is expected to launch sometime this summer. Rather than launching during the spring when countless announcements are made, Motorola waits until just past the midyear mark to roll out fresh hardware.

This week, it looks like Moto Z3 Play was caught on camera. The mid-range phone, which will be somewhat affordable, has surfaced online in three images obtained by ITHome. Motorola’s alleged Moto Z3 Play is shown from the front and back, with its display turned on as well.

The leak reveals a unit that’s running Android 8.1 Oreo, the latest version of the mobile operating system. So that’s a good sign because Motorola’s been slow with software updates as of late.

Following the pattern within the mobile industry, the Moto Z3 Play should ship with a display that has an 18:9 aspect ratio. Motorola will make the top and bottom bezels thinner, and the corners of the display are actually curved like some other flagships.

The biggest switch could be the material of the phone’s back. Motorola’s been using metal, but the leak shows the Moto Z3 Play having glass. Moving to glass could accommodate for wireless charging. Still, though, you’ll be able to use Moto Mods as the magnetic connectors are in their usual spot with a slightly different appearance.

Lenovo typically hosts a multi-day conference in June, so the Moto Z3 family might debut next month at Tech World 2018. Over the last few years, Motorola’s been given some time during the keynote to reveal new mobile devices.

With standalone launch events not being common for Motorola anymore, the Moto Z3 Play and its siblings being announced at the conference is very likely.

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