Motorola Moto Z2 Play


Motorola Moto Z2 Play smartphone was launched in June 2017. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch.

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2000GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Motorola Moto Z2 Play packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play runs Android 7.1.1 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 156.20 x 76.20 x 5.99 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 145.00 grams.

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.Moto Z2 Play

About Motorola

Motorola Mobility was established in 2011 following the split of Motorola into two companies, with Motorola Solutions catering to the enterprise segment. Acquired soon after by Google, Motorola Mobility was sold to Lenovo in 2014. Motorola made its first Android smartphone in 2009, and its first Android tablet in 2011.
Motorola Moto Z2 Play

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Motorola Moto Z2 Play detailed specifications
Release date June 2017
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 156.20 x 76.20 x 5.99
Weight (g) 145.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Lunar Grey, Fine Gold
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Processor 2.2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2000
Rear camera 12-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Operating System Android 7.1.1
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No
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Upcoming Moto G5S Plus leaks in official-looking press renders

As you may know already, Motorola is working hard on updating the G5 line, despite the fact that its two members were only unveiled this February. Still, things move fast in the mobile world, and the Lenovo-owned company wants to bring dual rear cameras to the G series as soon as possible. Hence, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus were born – and both should become official pretty soon, judging by the number of leaks we’ve seen about them recently.

Today a new image has leaked showing the bigger model in the upcoming duo, the G5S Plus. What you see below definitely looks like a promo shot that will be used by Motorola once it announces the device. The renders are unfortunately quite blurry, but do click on the thumbnail below to get the full picture.

Moto G5S Plus promotional image
Moto G5S Plus promotional image

Still, it’s not like we haven’t seen the Moto G5S Plus before. Just a few days ago some hands-on shots were outed, and another official press render leaked towards the beginning of the month.

The Moto G5S Plus is expected to come with the Snapdragon 626 chipset at the helm, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,072 mAh battery according to the source of today’s leaked image. The cameras on the back will both have 12.9 MP resolution, one sensor being full color with f/1.7 aperture, the other black and white with f/2.0 aperture. For selfies you get an 8 MP f/2.0 unit with a LED flash. The phone will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Past rumors said the handset’s display would be a 5.5-inch one with 1080p resolution. Motorola is holding an event on July 25, and we’re hoping that the G5S Plus will be introduced on that occasion, alongside the G5S.


Motorola Moto Z starts getting Android 7.1.1 update

Motorola has started pushing out a new update to its Moto Z smartphone. Currently hitting units in Hong Kong and Indonesia, the update brings along Android Nougat version 7.1.1.

The update also includes Duo video calling app as well as Android security fixes for July. Given the roll out has just begun, it might take time for the update notification to pop up on your handset’s screen.


We may not see Moto X4 launching this month

2017 is definitely a big year for Motorola. As many of you may know, the company is expected to launch many smartphones in June as they have already sent out press invites for three events.

Going by the rumors, the Moto Z2 is likely to be launched on June 27 and Moto X4 is said to be launched on June 30. However, renowned leakster Andri Yatim has something else to say. According to his tweet, the launch of Moto X4 has been delayed. He has also claimed that the Lenovo-owned original equipment manufacturer (OEM) may still “mention” the Moto Z2 on Friday, June 30. He has not said anything about the Moto G5S Plus though, which is also rumored to launch this month. According to Yatim, the delay of the Moto X4 has been caused by Qualcomm. If you are wondering, let us make it clear. Currently, Qualcomm seems to be struggling to meet the demand for its latest mid-range chipset Snapdragon 660. For those who are unaware, the Moto X4 is said to come with the same processor under its hood. The same leakster previously disclosed some of the specs and features of the Moto X4. We may not see Moto X4 launching this monthThe device is said to feature a posh build with glass and metal sandwiched body along with the IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The other specifications of the Moto X4 those were leaked include a 5.2-inch FHD 1080p display and a 3800mAh battery. Talking about the Moto Z2, it may get announced or the company just decides to tease the device. The tweet is pretty confusing. As for the specs, it is likely to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 paired with Adreno 540 GPU. It is further being accompanied by 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of on-board storage. On the software front, the smartphone is expected to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Apart from that, the Moto E4 Plus will get launched on June 30 in the US.


Moto M2 rumored to arrive by October in more markets than the original M


Motorola is working on a successor to the Moto M from last year, a new rumor claims. According to a leakster that’s rather new on the scene, the Moto M2 should become available by October. That tracks nicely with the original’s November 2016 unveiling.

The Moto M2 is said to be offered in more markets than its predecessor, which is certainly good news. The original M was sold only in China at first, then slowly expanding to a few more countries after that.Moto M2 rumored to arrive by October in more markets than the original M

The Moto M2 will apparently come with “cutting edge MediaTek processors”, a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen (just like the M), and a choice between 4 or 6GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of built-in storage, depending on which model you buy. As this is nothing but an unconfirmed rumor for now, make sure you don’t take it for granted. If any of this is accurate, expect to see the information confirmed in subsequent leaks.


Moto M2 With 6GB RAM Tipped for October Launch; Moto X4 Specifications Leaked


Moto M2 has been tipped to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display
Successor to Moto M has been said to be made available in more markets
Moto X4 has been tipped to pack Snapdragon 630 SoC
While Moto M smartphone recently started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update in India, the details about its successor smartphone have now been leaked on the Internet. As per the latest information, the Moto M2 will pack 6GB of RAM, will be launched by the company in October, and will be made available in more markets than its predecessor. Separately, the specifications for the company’s anticipated Moto X4 smartphone have also been leaked online.

First talking about the Moto M2, tipster Andri Yatim has suggested that the smartphone will be made available in more markets than its predecessor. Further the smartphone is expected to feature “cutting edge” MediaTek processors and sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Yatim says that the upcoming Lenovo smartphone will be made available in two RAM/storage configurations, i.e. 4GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage and 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage.

Last month, a GeekBench listing of an upcoming Lenovo smartphone, expected to be Moto M2, suggested that the device will come with Helio X20 processor, run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and pack 4GB of RAM.Moto M2 With 6GB RAM Tipped for October Launch; Moto X4 Specifications Leaked

Moving on to the Moto X4 bit, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass reports that the smartphone will be unveiled in fourth quarter this year, citing a source who has knowledge of the company’s plans. In terms of specifications, the Moto X4 has been said to come with an aluminium body and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD display.
The highlight feature on the smartphone is a dual camera setup on the rear end with an 8-megapixel and another 12-megapixel sensor. The phone also features a 16-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies, as per the report. The Moto X4 has been tipped to come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating as well as a fingerprint scanner at the front that allows users to unlock the device as well as provides other navigation controls as well.

The upcoming Moto X4 is said to run Android 7.1 Nougat and powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone has been tipped to come with 32GB of built-in storage and house a 3000mAh battery. Notably, the Moto X4 is expected to be the first non-Google smartphone to support the search giant’s Project Fi MVNO service that allow users to switch seamlessly between the different carriers.

Interestingly, the newly leaked specifications for the Moto X4 are different from the ones that were leaked last month. But then again, the leaked launch date for the smartphone – June 30 – also turned out to be incorrect. As this information is not official still, we advise our readers to take it with a pinch of salt.

Motorola unveils new 360-degree camera Moto Mod

Motorola has announced a new Moto Mod that allows users to easily add a 360 degree camera to their Moto Z, Z Play or Z2 Play through the company’s modular case system, as revealed by Evan Blass on Twitter.

The new case was showcased at a press event in Ghana, according to a report fromTechDroider, although it doesn’t seem that any further details of things like specifications, price, or release date have been announced yet. That said, we do know that the camera attachment just out off the top of the plastic back plate that attaches to Moto Z series devices like other Moto Mods, and features lenses on both sides to capture 360 degree images of the surroundings.

Motorola’s new camera also brings to mind Essential’s upcoming 360-degree camera, which attaches to the Essential Phone through a modular system that will likely be one of the biggest competitors to Motorola’s Mod system upon the phone’s release in the next few weeks.

For now, it’s unclear whether or not Motorola even plans to release the 360 Mod outside of Ghana, but it’s hard to imagine it will stay exclusive to just one country for long — especially since the Moto Z2 Play just hit Verizon stores in the US.


2017 Moto Z ‘leaked’ by Motorola at MWC


The Moto G5 wasn’t the only new handset that Motorola showed off at Mobile World Congress last month. The Lenovo-owned company also teased its next-generation Moto Z while previewing new Moto Mods — but nobody noticed it until just now.

You’ll notice that the handset in the photo above, taken by Android Central, sports Motorola’s latest home button design, with a more elongated shape and rounder edges. It looks just like the Moto G5’s home button, with added “Moto” branding, except the Moto G5 isn’t compatible with Moto Mods like the game controller being showcased in this image.

Moto Mods are reserved for the flagship Moto Z series, which all but confirms the device in this picture is the 2017 Moto Z. Motorola hasn’t bothered hiding the device ahead of its official debut; this photo was shown during the company’s press conference, during which it announced a number of new Moto Mods coming this year.

It’s unclear whether this was intended, or whether it was an “accidental” leak. But it’s thought the new Moto Z has also been on show this week in New Orleans, where Motorola and Sprint have been unveiling the carrier’s upcoming Gigabit LTE service on a mystery device powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset.

It’s hard to tell exactly what the device is, since Motorola has placed it in a case and added black tape to ensure visitors are unable to make out its shape or aesthetics. But it’s safe to assume, based on the picture above, this is the new Moto Z — complete with a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem that supports Gigabit LTE.

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

The device also boasts four MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) antennas that help maximize connectivity. This helps deliver Category 16 LTE, which can deliver data transfer speeds of up to 1 Gbps, over a TDD network.

This suggests the new Moto Z will not be a Verizon exclusive in the United States like its predecessor. The device is expected to make its official debut around June, so we’ll find out more about it then (unless Motorola offers more “leaks” in the meantime).


Motorola Moto X leaked photos show dual cameras

With the release of the Moto G5 Plus, Motorola’s 2017 seems to be off to a great start. Now pictures have surfaced of an alleged new Moto X, and if they’re the real deal, they suggest the company still has a few more cool things up its sleeve.

The pictures, which showed up Tuesday, show the front and the back of an alleged Moto X. Most notable is the dual-camera setup on the rear. While more and more phones are released with dual cameras, manufacturers treat them differently. Apple uses them for zooming and a cool portrait mode, while Huawei uses two Leica-branded cameras (one that’s black and white) for fast, accurate focusing. So if the next Moto X does indeed have dual cameras, it’ll be interesting to see how Motorola uses them.Image result for Motorola Moto X leaked photos show dual cameras

A photo shows iPhone-like antenna lines on the back of the alleged Moto X. Images of the front show a fingerprint sensor similar to the one on the Moto G5 Plus — and hopefully it uses some of those cool navigation tricks, too.

Another picture of the display shows the alleged specs: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.

Motorola didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but if any of these photos are accurate, the Moto X could be another promising phone.


Moto G5 news release date, UK price, features and specifications


Ah, the Moto G. One of the UK’s best-loved budget phones, but it’s had something of a confusing history and two new models are about to make that even more confused: G5 and G5 Plus. Read our Moto G5 review.

It’s a fantastic budget phone, but until 2016 when new owner Lenovo announced the Moto G4, Moto G4 Play and Moto G4 Plus, Motorola had launched a long string of very similar smartphones all called the Moto G. Trying to keep tabs on which is which is something of a minefield, especially when many of the SKUs remain available online.

Also see: Best budget phones 2017

In this article we’ll outline the specs, design, UK price and release date for the new G5 and G5 Plus, which have had something of a ‘premium’ makeover, and break down the history of the Moto G.

When is the Moto G5 release date?

Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus UK release date: mid-March and early April

The fifth-generation Moto G went on sale in March 2017 across the world. You can buy the Sapphire Blue model exclusively from O2 now.

The G5 Plus will go on sale in early April, and Carphone Warehouse – who is offering the phone exclusively in the UK – has opened pre-orders, promising delivery by 4 April.

How much will the Moto G5 cost in the UK?

The Moto G family is well known for its extraordinary value, and that is set to continue into 2017. No Moto G has ever cost more than £200, with most of the updated models averaging £150-£170 – though the G5 Plus will be the first to break that trend.

In the UK the Moto G5 is available with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. You can buy the 2GB model for £169 from Carphone Warehouse, Argos, Unlocked Mobiles and John Lewis – O2 will also sell the 2GB G5 in an exclusive blue colour, though this isn’t yet available.

Meanwhile the 3GB version is sold for £179 by Amazon and the Motorola online store – though isn’t yet listed there.

In Europe the Moto G5 costs €199 for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage model.

In the US, only the G5 Plus will be sold, starting at $229 unlocked. In Europe it will cost more at €279 for 3GB and 32GB storage, and in the UK it will cost £249 – you can pre-order it nowfrom Carphone Warehouse.

The Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play are now a little cheaper than at launch, and all three are available from Amazon. You can buy the Moto G4 Play for £119.95, the Moto G4 for £159, and the Moto G4 Plus for £189.99. All are SIM-free, so you can insert a SIM from your mobile operator of choice.Moto G5

What are the features and specifications?

Lenovo has given the new Moto G phones a more premium look, and the bold colours of previous models are gone. It has hints of he Moto Z  – such as the protruding rear camera – but these are not modular phones and won’t work with Moto Mods.

You have a choice of two colours: lunar grey and fine gold. These are sure to make them look like more expensive phones, and the specs are certainly a cut above your usual lower-mid-range phone. That’s what these are of course, not budget offerings.

Interestingly, the G5 Plus, which has the slightly larger 5.2in screen, uses the same camera as the Samsung Galaxy S7 (but without optical stabilisation), so it should appeal to anyone who wants a flagship-level camera without spending £600+. It will shoot 4K video, while the G5 is limited to only 1080p, despite it’s higher pixel count.

Storage and RAM will depend upon where in the world you’re buying a G5 or G5 Plus. Both phones support dual-SIM, but we’re certain UK models will be single SIM as usual.

The back of the G5 is removable, as is the battery, but the G5 Plus does not have the same feature, although its battery has a slightly larger capacity for 3000mAh.

US owners will find their G5 Plus doesn’t have NFC, but both models sold in other markets do. Thankfully there’s still a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

In terms of software, you get the usual Moto tweaks to Android, and this time the fingerprint sensor is also a home button, and you can set it up to navigate around Android as you swipe over in in different directions. Naturally the new phones run Android 7.0 Nougat, and also have the Google Assistant.

As you can see the design has not changed a great deal, but the fingerprint scanner that was previously exclusive to the Moto G4 Plus is now also found on the standard Moto G5. The phones have metal frames, too.

History of the Moto G

In the space of just over three years we’ve seen a crazy eight phones all called Moto G released. And the story is more than a bit confusing.

It all began back in November 2013 when Motorola announced the first ever Moto G (XT1032), an affordable smartphone with a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of storage, a 4.5in HD screen and a 2070mAh battery. This quickly became the company’s best-selling phone, and was followed up in May 2014 with a 4G version (XT1039) with support for microSD cards.

In September 2014 came the second-generation Moto G (XT1068), with a new 5in HD screen, prominent front-facing speakers, dual-SIM functionality and improved cameras, now 8Mp and 2Mp, up from 5Mp and 1.3Mp. Sounds great, but Motorola removed the 4G functionality. This model was updated again in March 2015 with the XT1072 offering full 4G support and a slightly higher-capacity 2,390mAh battery, but at the expense of the dual-SIM functionality.

For the third-generation Moto G (XT1541), announced in July 2015, Motorola bumped up the processor to the Snapdragon 410 (with integrated Adreno 306 GPU), and once again improved the cameras and battery. These were now rated at 13Mp, 5Mp and 2470mAh respectively. It also added IPX7 waterproofing…

…only for it to be taken away in May 2016 with the launch of the fourth-generation and now more aptly named Moto G4 Play, Moto G4 (standard) and Moto G4 Plus, three splashproof budget Androids. Originally just the standard and Plus models were available in the UK, which confusingly are the same size with just a fingerprint scanner (on the Plus), storage and RAM options to separate them. Whereas the standard Moto G4 comes with 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage, the Plus is available in three versions: 16GB/2GB, 32GB/3GB and 64GB/4GB.

The specification has jumped up significantly for round four, with new Snapdragon 617 processors, Adreno 405 GPUs, 5.5in (and for the first time) full-HD screens, 16GB of storage (or more) as standard, microSD support up to 256GB, fast-charging 3000mAh batteries, and improved cameras rated at 16Mp and 5Mp.

The Moto G4 Play, meanwhile, has a spec much closer to that of the third-generation Moto G released in July 2015, with matching processor, RAM, storage and screen, but second-generation Moto G cameras (8Mp and 5Mp) and it’s only splashproof rather than IPX7-rated. The battery capacity has increased, though, to 2800mAh.