Because of companies like Lenovo, the late spring and early summer is no longer a drought in the mobile industry. Now we see noteworthy devices year-round that people actually care about. And today we’re getting a look at the first member of Lenovo’s Moto Z2 family. The introduction of the Moto Z2 Play brings a sense of familiarity with change that not all may welcome right away.
Lenovo says its new phone is thinner, lighter, and faster than before. So you’d probably think the company just announced a successor to 2016’s Moto Z as a new flagship is needed. Well that’s not the case, at least not right now. Currently the focus is on the successor to last year’s Moto Z Play, a phone which impressed both critics and consumers with smooth performance and best-in-class battery life.
Does the Moto Z2 Play look like a Moto device? Absolutely, and that’s not a bad thing. The winning formula has only been tweaked. Instead of mixing in a fragile glass back, Lenovo went all-in on metal as it first did with the award-winning Moto G5 Plus. Other than that, the Moto Z2 Play looks identical to its predecessor. Maybe you’ll notice the fingerprint scanner has been reshaped but that’s minor.
If you own a 2016 Moto Z family device, you won’t have to ditch your existing Moto Mods. This phone was created with you in mind. All Moto Mods past and present work with the Moto Z2 Play because the body is the same size. There are new Moto Mods, too. The Moto GamePad, JBL SoundBoost 2, Moto TurboPower Pack, and Moto Style Shell with Wireless Charging are on the way.
The Moto Z2 Play features a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapragon 626 processor, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 3000mAh battery, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Most of the specifications are either the same or upgraded from the Moto Z Play; however, the battery is different. It’s a smaller unit. Last year the Moto Z Play stored a massive 3510mAh battery compared this year’s 3000mAh battery in the Moto Z2 Play. There shouldn’t be serious concern, though, because the Snapdragon 625 belongs to a series of processors that are incredibly efficient.
Availability for the Moto Z2 Play is a little vague, but Lenovo is already selling the phone in Brazil today. It’ll come to the United States this summer with a price of $499 for the unlocked model. Verizon, unfortunately, will be the exclusive carrier selling the Moto Z2 Play starting in July and neither company has confirmed pricing there. The unlocked model is labeled as coming “later this summer.”
When it’s finally released, you’ll be able to buy the Moto Z2 Play in three colors — Lunar Gray, Fine Gold, and Nimbus Blue (not in the U.S.).