It has been a full week of Motorola rumors and leaks, and we want to know how you’re feeling about all this upcoming Moto gear. A new flagship is on the way, the Moto Z2 Play is still hot, a Moto X4 with Project Fi keeps on leaking, and new Moto Mods continue to show up.
It’s typical of Motorola, who is owned by Lenovo, to save announcements for the summer months. Not much else happens during July and August, but we always save the date for Motorola’s latest announcements.
Motorola has scheduled an event to take place a few weeks prior to the start of IFA 2017, when Lenovo is expected to hold a press event. Invitations for this private event went out toward the end of the week. July 25 will be the day and New York City will be the place to be. The company and its parent have already begun teasing the event with the hasthtag #hellomotoworld. We could see a range of new products announced during the showcase, one being a brand new flagship, or flagships. That’s right, we still don’t know whether or not Motorola will introduce a Moto Z2 this year alongside a Moto Z2 Force, since details have been scarce through this point in time. If you’re not up for the high cost, consider the more affordable Moto Z2 Play, which supports Moto Mod attachments and is currently on sale.
Leaks have shown that the Moto Z2 Force could land on AT&T this year. In years past, Motorola stuck to Big Red for selling its flagship Droid Edition phones with of course the addition of being able to purchase them unlocked. This year could mark a new beginning for Motorola, who could have a separate variant for AT&T and perhaps other U.S. carriers.
Earlier in the week, we discovered news about a new Moto Mod that should soon make way to the market although we don’t know exactly when. The Moto 360 Camera mod is an attachment that will work with Moto Z and presumably, any upcoming Moto Z2 smartphones with addition to the Moto Z2 Play. The mod looks quite similar to an attachment from Andy Rubin’s Essential company, and it serves the same function. With it, owners will be able to shoot video in a full 360-degrees from their smartphone.
Last, but certainty not at least, we’ve been hearing about a new Moto X smartphone. The Moto X lineup was the flagship series before Moto Z came along, and since Moto Z’s arrival, the question of whether or not Moto X is gone for good has always been around. The answer now seems to be no, despite the fact that no new Moto X has released in two years. Moto X4, the next Moto X we expect to hit the market, has been discovered through rumors and leaks over recent weeks. Instead of extending another high-end smartphone lineup, Moto X4 seems like it will be a mid-range device that supports Google’s Project Fi network. This would be a first outside of Google’s own Pixel and Nexus devices, a move that could make a lot of sense since customers in the market haven’t been given a whole lot of choice when it comes to Fi supported phones.
This brings us to our question of the week. Are you excited about anything that’s to soon come out of Motorola, or Lenovo? Let us know by voting in our weekly poll and be sure to let us know what exactly you’re looking forward to most, if anything, in the comment section. The poll will remain open all week and we look forward to hearing your response.
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