Arguably the best feature on the classic Moto Z Play was its 3510mAh battery that kept your device going and going – for about 50 hours of expected battery life. That’s reportedly going to be missing from the new Moto Z2 Play, which will only have a 3000mAh battery, giving it about 30 hours.
Leaker Evan Blass revealed on VentureBeat that the new Moto Z2 Play running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box won’t have what a lot of people say is its best feature. Not that the older Moto Z Play was chunky or anything, but Lenovo has decided that it wants to slim down the phone’s profile even more – possibly to make room for some of the bulkier Moto Mods on the market.
On the internal upgrades front, it’s going to be a complete makeover. Qualcomm will be providing the Snapdragon 626 processors, also running the same eight cores as the previous model’s Snapdragon 625. The clock speed is a little higher on the new model, though – 2.2GHz instead of 2.0GHz. The Adreno 506 GPU will carry over to the Z2 Play.
RAM is being bumped to 4GB, and internal memory is being doubled to 64GB. The display is pretty much the same, but there’s nothing to complain about the Super AMOLED 1080 x 1920, 5.5-inch screens. A different size will affect compatibility with existing Moto Mods, so it makes sense for them to not fix something that isn’t broken.
Oddly, Motorola is dropping the rear cam resolution from 16-megapixel to 12-megapixel, but changing the f/2.0 to f/1.7 for better image quality. The camera will also feature dual autofocus pixels.
Lenovo has quite a lineup this year, led by the Fine Gold and Lunar Gray Moto Z2 Play, and there’s also the Moto Z2 and Moto Z2 Force. At the entry-level end, there’s Moto C and Moto C Plus, as well as Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus.
Some time ago, Lenovo promised to bring in at least a dozen new Mods every year for the Moto Z line, so we should be seeing some fancy new hardware coming up over the course of 2017 as well.
The battery will a big disappointment on the new Moto Z2 Play, but the better performance and better photos will hopefully make up for it. These phones have a strong following, so it’ll be interesting to see how users react to the new smartphones from Lenovo when they’re launched.