Moto Z (2017) apparently in the works
Since the next-gen Moto Z has to be compatible with existing Moto Mods as well, its design does not come with any surprises. In fact, Lenovo has already shown the upcoming handset during its recent press conference at MWC 2017. The photo of the Gamepad Moto Mod also includes a Moto Z (2017) handset, and this image shows the redesigned fingerprint sensor and the entire front of the upcoming flagship.
Last week, Sprint and Motorola took the Moto Z (2017) one step forward, although this time the handset arrived inside a case and had also been taped over. The upcoming Android flagship was spotted during a basketball game, showing the capabilities of the Gigabit LTE service that Sprint plans to introduce in the New Orleans area.
A recent press release by Sprint also confirms the above - "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 good news is that the Moto Z (2017) will not be a Verizon exclusive and US customers should get Gigabit LTE connectivity by the end of the year. How much will that cost, this is something that remains to be seen.