We’ve received confirmation that Qualcomm’s new mid-range Snapdragon 626 processor will power the device, which will be paired with 4GB of RAM. 64GB of onboard storage awaits users along with a 12MP rear camera with dual LED flash, and 4K recording capabilities. Selfie shots are handled by a 5MP front-facing camera with its own LED flash. As with the previous generation Moto Z Play, the Moto Z2 Play incorporates a USB-C port for connectivity and hopefully will retain its 3.5mm headphone jack (something that’s missing on the flagships models of the Moto Z/Moto Z2 family).
If there’s one disappointing aspect of the Moto Z2 Play, it’s that Motorola has seriously slashed the smartphone’s battery capacity in an effort to make the device thinner. Maximum battery capacity has deteriorated from 3510 mAh to just 3000 mAh. Its predecessor could reach up to 50 hours of runtime under optimum conditions, and we don’t see the Moto Z2 Play hitting that market — even with its newer processor.
The display remains at 5.5 inches, with a resolution of 1920x1080. When it comes to wireless connectivity, Motorola provides 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, and depending on the country of sale, the option for dual SIMs. The smartphone is also said to be running a near-stock version of Android 7.1.1, although we hope that Motorola will provide a timely update to Android O when it is released.
Although this is just a guess on our part, it possible that the Moto Z2 Play will be unveiled on June 8th. We say that because the date is primarily displayed on the lock screen of the smartphone in a number of the press renders. The renders also show us that the smartphone will be available in black, silver or gold.
And if that wasn’t enough, here’s an unboxing video of the Moto Z2 Play in all its glory (although it’s not in English):