The Moto Z line of phones have been some of the most polarizing Motorola has ever released. The original Z, released in 2016 featured an ultra-thin design, no headphone jack, USB-C connectivity and most notably, the ability to attach “Moto Mods” which gave users the ability to attach various “modules” to the back of the smartphone such as a battery, speaker, print or projector.
Users were skeptical if this design would stick, but Motorola committed to at least three years of this design language and support for mods. I recently reviewed two of the most interesting mods, the Insta-Share Projector and the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer. Be sure to check those out!
This week we have seen a significant leak that appears to show Lenovo is sticking to its word and will be announcing the Moto Z3 Play soon, with mod support. Check out the leaks below!
Here are the expected specifications for the Moto Z3 Play
- Snapdragon 636 Chipset
- 4GB of RAM
- 32GB or 64GB of storage (likely SD expansion too)
- 6" display at 2160x1080 (18:9 ratio)
- Dual-cameras, 12MP and 8MP
Looking at the leaked images of the Moto Z3 Play, the most notable difference with this years Z3 design is the absence of the front-facing fingerprint scanner. Manufacturers that are seeking the full-screen device are moving the fingerprint scanner to the back like OnePlus did recently.
However, the leaked images of the back-side of the device do not show a fingerprint scanner there either. If the leaked reports are correct it looks like Motorola is taking the fingerprint scanner to the side of the device as part of the power button, not dissimilar to the likes of Sony and the Nextbit Robin of a few years ago.
Circling back to the specs, I expect that there will be a version of the Z3 that has a flagship level CPU like the Snapdragon 845, so do not be put off completely from the Z line if the 636 doesn't get you excited. It is worth noting though, that the 6xx series of Snapdragon CPU's is very efficient and is more than powerful enough to get through most situations.
I'm optimistic for the coming release of the Z3 Play and its siblings. I've really enjoyed the Z series and the mods available. My biggest concern is the camera. This has been Motorola's weakest point with nearly every phone released, and the 6xx CPU isn't best-known image signal processing (ISP), so I am going to temper my expectations.
Stay tuned for more on the Moto Z3 Play over the coming weeks, as I am positive more details will continue to trickle out ahead of the official announcement!
Also, keep your eyes on GadgetSyrup for my Moto g6 review coming in the next few weeks!
Update : There is also rumored to he four different bundles for the Z3 Play. A battery mod bundle, style bundle with a decorative back cover, gamepad bundle with a gaming controller mod and a projector bundle with the Insta-Share Projector mod.