• New-Tech Phones
  • Ava |
  • 20/06/2017.

After Motorola saw off the X series in 2016, and launched its Moto Z series alongside the Moto Z play and Moto Z force, there was warm and positive reception from tech-savvy users and smartphone critics alike. Sequel to the Moto Z comes the Moto Z2. Although unannounced and without a set release date, we have heard so many rumours about the company’s ambition to make the Moto Z2 a device that can take its place amongst other smartphone tech giants. We can and should see better from Motorola this year after its last year flagship blew us off with its incredibly beautiful design, ultra slim size, high-tech accessories and fingerprint scanner. The phone, which is unannounced as at this time, is however expected to drop sometimes later this year, and might be officially announced around June or July, if we judge by the timeline of its predecessors. It might also take a few days or weeks to hit the store after its launch.With no concrete leaks about specs and design, we expect the moto Z2 to look just like the Moto play, maybe slimmer, but for now, let’s see what the Moto Z2 has to offer.

LIKES

  • This could be a one good phone!

DISLIKES

  • Can’t wait for it to come out

Features and Hardware

The Moto Z2 comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED Capacitive Touch screen of Moto display; same size as the Moto Z last year, the Screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla glass and has a 2560 by 1440-pixel resolution, 16 M resolution and approximately 534 ppi pixel density. This is a fine display that guarantees just the sharpness and colour in High definition. The processing speed is fast and efficient with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 Octacore CPU and Adreno 540 GPU to give one of the best visuals and gaming experiences.

The Z2 play will come in both 32 GB and 64 GB internal storages both expandable up to 2 TB, and 4 GB or RAM; features like this are quite efficient and honestly, if you do not keep too much on your phone, you may never need to expand the default storage size. A front-facing 8MP is expected alongside a 16 MP rear camera; the camera will feature laser-focus and optical image stabilization just like the Moto Z did, it however will have improved low-light condition performances.

The Connectivity features coverage for 2G, 3G and 4G modes featuring various GSM, EDGE, HSDPA and LTE Bands. The phone is dual-simmed, there is Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity; The Bluetooth 4.2 comes with LE and the Z2’s Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac bands. Other wireless features include Wi-Fi direct, Dual band and MIMO. There is also support for NFC (Near field communication), GPS (A-GPC and GLONASS). Wired connections and charging are via the USB Type-C hub with OTG. The battery capacity is rumoured to have been increased by over 500 mAh, thus, the Z2 expected to be accompanied with a 3,000 mAh cell; this is a much-welcomed upgrade compared to the last year’s 2400 mAh of Moto Z. There is no wireless charging but Quick (Turbo) charging is supported.

Conclusion

Total score

9.0

Although no official announcements have been made, there is a lot to look forward to in the Moto Z2. The device will most likely launch with the Z2 play and Z2 force version, each having one or two slight differences. Looking carefully at the rumoured specifications, the device looks interesting and will justify whatever price tag is put on it; with its ultra-thin design, aesthetic appearance and fingerprint capabilities coupled with its improvements and addition of newer Moto Mods, Z2 puts Motorola out there with the big boys.

Software

The Nougat Android 7.1 operating system will most likely be the launch OS, the software functionality revolves around basic android OS functions. There is a google chrome browser by default and the phone offers basic SMS, email, phone call functionality. Apps are installable via the play store. Media support spans across a long range of codecs and formats such as MP3, MKV, AVI, MP4, WAV, H264, xVID, WMV, AAC+, OGG, MIDI, WMA, AMR, ACC and several others. The OS is expected to run smoothly with all the hardware capabilities packed into this device, giving users a smooth and seamless experience.

Design

The Moto Z was loved for its ultrathin design, albeit that a number of customers weren’t too wowed with the exclusion of the 3.5mm audio jack. The Moto Z2 however, will most likely see this feature re-instated. This might add a little more millimetres to the design, but it will not have too much of an effect as the Moto Z was the slimmest smartphone announced last year. The design is expected to look mostly like the Moto Z with few tinkering behind the scenes. The standard metal frame should remain behind and a few centimetre protrusion at its back should house the rear camera lens. The fingerprint sensor seems to have taken after the concave design, adopted from the Moto G5 as seen from the screenshots leaks.

Other features

We do not expect the Moto Mods to go anywhere, as they were part of the things that customers voiced out their love for. Moto mods are optional accessories attachable to the Moto device to add or enhance certain features. Currently there are a few cool mods, I totally am in love with the Projector and Optical zoom lens mods, with the former allowing your phone to project its screen on to other surfaces and the latter enabling magnification and optical zoom. A Tango mod may also be implemented in the Moto Z2.

Price

We cannot say for sure, but we expect the moto Z2 to fall into the higher price category, although not as expensive as other high end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge or the IPhone 7. The Moto Z took off at $699, for a sim free device. As the Moto Z2 is an upgrade, we can bet our money that it will fall in the same price category or slightly higher.

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