The Moto Z is most probably Motorola’s next flagship device. Although there have not been any rumors yet about the launch date of the Moto Z 2017, the prediction we can make based on a previous company announcement is early June since the company releases devices after approximately a year, and the last release was on June 9th. Reports have it that U.S. telecom player Sprint is using the next version of the Moto Z to test its Gigabit LTE service.
The Moto Z 2017 is expected to come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, which supports Gigabit LTE. According to Sprint, which acknowledged that it was a Motorola device, “Motorola showcased the blazing- fast, high bandwidth capability of a forthcoming flagship Smartphone based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon x16 LTE modem, supporting Gigabit Class LTE.”
The upcoming Moto Z 2017 is expected to be not much different from the already existing phones of the series in terms of dimensions, as it has to be compatible with the Moto Mods family. Sprint’s editor leaked the images of the Z2, tweeting, “here is the mystery Motorola phone coming later this year with four antennas…” The premium phone is expected to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and a long battery life.
As spotted by Android Central, the Moto Z 2017 sports a more elongated shape and rounded edges. The soon expected device is rumored to have the latest home button design, replacing the box shaped fingerprint reader presently on the earlier phones of the series. Leaked images of the device show that it has a GamePad Moto Mod attached to it. They also indicate a slightly different external design compared to the original Moto Z, first with the absence of the large fingerprint sensor which has probably been placed beneath the phone’s screen, the Samsung and Apple style, and the Lenovo logo which has been added to the side.
The Moto Z is expected to be impressively thin, just as the company has done with the preceding devices. Word also has it that Lenovo might be joining in the dual- lens camera trend with its upcoming sequel to the Moto Z. When Moto was showing off new mods at the MWC in Barcelona, it displayed a gamepad mod which houses what looks like a future version of the Moto Z with a slightly rounded fingerprint scanner at the base. Sprint has stated that it will work with Qualcomm to increase the capacity on its existing LTE network to build a strong foundation for 5G, which is suspected to be supported by the coming Moto Z phone. Earlier this year, a listing for a Motorola XT1650 powered by a Qualcomm MSM8998 chip was spotted on the benchmarking site Geekbench. The XT1650 was the first model of the original Motorola Moto Z, and MSM8998 is the model number for Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 835 chipset. However, Moto has not confirmed anything, and therefore fans have to wait for more convenient leaks until the launching time.