Moto Z2 Play announced alongside new Moto Mods, coming this summer
Motorola's upcoming Moto Z2 Play has been officially announced, along with a launch price and an estimated release window. The Moto Mod-compatible smartphone will cost $499 and be available sometime this summer in the US.
Speaking of Moto Mods, Motorola has also announced a handful of new ones for use with its Z phones. The most unique Mod is the Moto GamePad, which snaps onto your phone, turning it into a portable game console. The Moto GamePad features twin analog sticks, a D-pad, four face buttons, and a pair of shoulder-mounted triggers. It also includes a built-in 1,035 mAh battery for extended play sessions.
The other three Mods include the JBL SoundBoost 2, Moto TurboPower Pack, and Moto StyleShell with Wireless Charging. The JBL SoundBoost 2 is an upgraded version of the last-generation snap-on speaker. It is water resistant and comes in three colors: red, blue, and black. Motorola claims up 10 hours of playback are possible on the speaker. The Moto TurboPower Pack is a power bank that either adds additional battery life to your device or charges it fast in case of emergency. Finally, the Moto StyleShell with Wireless Charging is a back cover for your Moto Z phone that, you guessed it, allows for wireless charging.
Prices for the new Moto Mods will be as follows: $79.99 for the Moto GamePad, Moto TurboPower Pack, and JBL SoundBoost 2; and $39.99 for the Moto StyleShell with Wireless Charging. All four Mods will be available worldwide starting this summer.
Now, back to the Moto Z2 Play. It features an all-metal design that Motorola claims makes it more resistant to everyday wear and tear. The Z2 Play runs Android 7.1.1 and sports a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display powered by a Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor and either 3 or 4 GB of RAM. Internal storage likewise comes in two options: 32 GB or 64 GB, both expandable up to 256 GB via micro SD.
The Z2 Play's camera is both a downgrade and an improvement over last year's Moto Z Play. While its resolution has been reduced from 16- to 12-megapixels, the lens features a larger, f/1.7 aperture that allows for sharper images, even in low-light. The camera's improved laser autofocus and dual-LED flash should also help in those low-light situations.
When the Moto Z2 Play launches this summer, it will be available exclusively through Verizon and also unlocked from Motorola's website. Customers in Brazil don't have to wait that long—the phone is available for them today. Other global regions will get the device later this month.