There is only so much you can fit in a very cramped space. At least not without risking a repeat of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Rumors of the successor to the Moto Z Play haven’t exactly been encouraging, but this sighting at TENAA dashes what little hope was left. According to the Chinese certification agency, which leaves little to the imagination, the Moto Z2 Play will indeed have a thinner body as previously leaked. Unfortunately, it will also have an even smaller battery than previously leaked.
The first Moto Z Play was intended to be a more affordable version of the Moto Z, sporting mid-range specs that still keeping compatibility with the Moto Mods system. Its one edge over its more expensive siblings was its 3,150 mAh battery, versus the 2,600 mAh of the Moto Z. That, however, came at the cost of size, with the Moto Z Play having 7 mm thickness while the Moto Z was only 5.2 mm slim.
The last word we had about the Moto Z2 Play from earlier this month already doused the hopes of an equal or better successor. The newer model will supposedly be thinner at around 6 mm while sacrificing battery size, reduced to 3,000 mAh. It seems that reality will be worse, at least for the battery.
The TENAA entry does confirm a 5.99 mm thickness. However, the battery is actually rated at 2,820 mAh. Mind, that’s still quite a lot more than the Moto Z, but the advantage is now less significant. Motorola will hopefully dangle lower price tag to make up for it.
The listing also shows a reduced 12 megapixel rear camera, down from 16 megpixels from last year’s model. The rest of the specs do seem to match with earlier leaks, like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. With Motorola set to unleash nearly a doze smartphones this year, differentiating between lines and models will be very critical to avoid confusion.