Motorola has invited the press to an event that will take place in New York City on July 25. We are expecting the company to announce a number of new products, including the rumored Moto Z2 Force flagship and a possible Moto Z2, to sell alongside the already-announced Moto Z2 Play.
We are also expecting the much-anticipated Moto X4 to be made official perhaps with some Google Fi love bundled in too, together with a Moto G5S device. There’s also the chance that we will see some more Moto Mod hardware expansion accessories announced, too.
To start, let’s cover what we already know about the Moto Z2 Force. This is expected to be a flagship-grade Android-powered smartphone that’ll pick up from the Lenovo Moto Z Force from 2016. The device is expected to come with a ‘Shattershield’ display, considered unbreakable, and typical hardware specifications for a 2017 flagship. That means a QHD resolution display (expected to be around 5.5-inch in size), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with at least 4GB of RAM, and an entry-level model of at least 32GB, but probably 64GB. There should be a dual rear camera arrangement and a front-facing camera with flash. As this is a device to be part of the Moto Z family of phones, we expect a Moto Mod expansion slot, which should be compatible with existing Moto Mods available.
What is arguably more important and exciting about the upcoming Moto Z2 Force is that we’ve seen the device in leaks wearing the AT&T logo. If this happens, Motorola could soon sell devices on America’s second largest carrier, and this in turn could mean that Motorola might be ending it’s exclusive carrier arrangement with Verizon. This would be an interesting move for Motorola, especially if it were soon to start offering Moto branded devices on both Verizon and AT&T with addition to the unlocked market.
At this juncture, we do not know if Motorola is set to sell a straightforward Moto Z2 smartphone alongside the Moto Z2 Play and expected Moto Z2 Force. For 2016, the Moto Z had a broadly similar specifications to the Moto Z Force, but lost the Shattershield display. We may see Motorola introduce a Moto Z2 alongside the Moto Z2 Force.
We are also expecting Motorola to introduce the Moto X4, the fourth installment in the Moto X family. The Moto X range of smartphones are designed to offer a great user experience. Motorola’s original Moto X debuted the concept of the Moto Display, which has since been adopted within Android, plus always-listening Google search functionality. Motorola did not introduce a Moto X device in 2016, leading to speculation that the Moto X family had been retired.
We have also heard rumors that Motorola may reveal the Moto X4 with Google Project Fi support. Project Fi is Google’s own carrier, which utilizes the network from three regular U.S. carriers (T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular). To date, the Project Fi service has been supported on none other than select Google Nexus and Google Pixel devices. Although the carrier works on other devices, they are unable to switch between the three carriers. Rumors in the industry point toward the upcoming Moto X4 as being a more affordable, mid-range device compatible with Project Fi, and costing less than the Google Pixel family of devices. Mid-range hardware in 2017 typically means a chipset from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-range and a Full HD display resolution. Currently, the rumors point towards a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch, 1080p display. However, two years ago, Motorola’s Moto X family consisted of several models, so perhaps the Moto X4 will be joined by other Moto X variants.
The third handset to discuss is the Moto G5S, which could consist of two models: there could be a smaller Moto G5S joined by a larger Moto G5S. Motorola recently launched the Moto G5, which features a metal build and mid-range hardware for a commendable experience. The Moto G5S family is rumored to be based around an octa-core chipset, likely the Snapdragon 625, Android 7.0 Nougat, with a difference being in the size and rear camera arrangement. The regular Moto G5S is expected to pack a single rear camera sensor and a 5.2-inch, Full HD (1080p) resolution display. The Moto G5S Plus is rumored to come with a 5.5-inch, Full HD display, and dual 13MP rear camera sensors. One of these will be a regular color sensor and the other will be a monochrome sensor. It is possible we will see a difference in chipset or RAM between the two models, with perhaps the Moto G5S shipping with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and the Moto G5S Plus coming with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The final area of new hardware we might see come out of Motorola is the introduction of new Moto Mod accessories. We’ve already seen Motorola debut a 360-degree camera module, but the company may be bringing more accessories to the market, or introducing upgraded variants of the existing Moto Mods which are available. We’ve heard rumors of a Google Tango Moto Mod, for example, and would not be surprised if Motorola introduces many other Moto Mods alongside it, as the modular expansion slot is what truly differentiates the Moto Z family from the competition.
On Tuesday we’ll learn if whether Motorola has a trick or two up its sleeve. Droid Turf will be covering the event wall-to-wall, as well as everything leading up to it and post event analysis as well as insight.
The date is closely approaching, so now would be a good time to catch up on all the latest rumors and leaks. Unless of course you like surprises! Below is an outline containing links to all the detailed stories. Simply click the name of each headline to be redirected to the article page where you’ll be able to explore the topic in full depth.
Moto Z2 / Moto Z2 Force
Moto G5S / Moto G5S Plus
Motorola unveils batch of new Moto Mods at Hello Moto World including a 360 camera attachment and gamepad
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