iTWire reviewed this about the same time as the Google Pixel/XL was released and it turned into a quasi-shootout – in the end the Moto Z and Moto Mods edged ahead of the Google Pixel.
I have followed Moto since then, in part out of nostalgia for a once great brand and I sincerely hoped the Moto Mod concept would have more legs than the ill-fated LG Friends concept that turned out to be best for a removable battery. Mods have in fact thrived and there will be an iTWire article on that soon.
The new Moto 5.5” Z 2 and Z 2 Play (2017) will continue with more of the same winning formula, according to Slashleaks using updated technology – in Apple parlance, it is a “tock” year in the tick-tock cycle. And that takes guts in the year when the Samsung Galaxy S8/+ and iPhone 8 have taken or will take, quantum leaps forward.
The spare battery (with and without a wireless charge coil) was most popular and the Hasselblad camera accounted for about 40% of sales. The Hasselblad is a 10x optical zoom camera and now a constant travelling companion especially when covering conferences and events.
Slashleaks indicates that the Z will receive a dual camera and the Play will stay with a single camera. Moto is a proponent of big pixels which are best for low light shots and it tends to use better quality optical image stabilisation and lenses. DxOMark gave the Z Force camera 87 – so with an upgraded processor and image signal processors, it will not be a stretch to pass the Google Pixel at 89 this time around.
The Z 2017 will likely have a 5.5”, QHD, 2560 x 1440, AMOLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, and all that the latest tech brings.
The Z Play 2017 will have 5.5” HD, IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and 4 GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Moto is part of the Lenovo group and, as stated in earlier reports, Lenovo is a long-term player. Expect to see more from Motorola.
Moto Z 2017
MOTO Z PLAY 2017