Motorola Mobility was established in 2011 following the split of Motorola into two companies, with Motorola Solutions catering to the enterprise segment. Acquired soon after by Google, Motorola Mobility was sold to Lenovo in 2014.
Since then a few things have changed in terms of branding and segmentation. Motorola renamed the premium Moto X series to Moto Z and with the new identity comes new features. The Moto Z introduced clip-on modules called Moto Mods which was a risky but smart move as the Moto Z got a lot of attention due to its Modular design.
Now its 2017 and Motorola seems to have planned to introduce Moto Z2 (2017) the successor of Moto Z. It’s been not too long since the rumored Moto G5 Plus was spotted in a benchmark leak, a new Motorola smartphone seems to have popped in a benchmark listing. The new variant seems to share the same model no. of Motorola Moto Z XT 1650 and according to the benchmark leak, It will be powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
The new Motorola smartphone is spotted on Geekbench benchmark listing and was tested on January 21, 2017.
From the above benchmark listing, a few things are clear — The new Motorola smartphone will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and If Motorola decides to give 2 or more variants of this smartphone, one of them will have 4GB of Ram. The new Motorola smartphone will run on Android 7.1.1 out of the box and will share the same model no. of Motorola Moto Z XT 1650. There is no information regarding the camera, sensors, and design.
Accordingly, Moto Z2 (2017) is expected to price around $699 and may feature larger battery. Another rumor from Weibo suggests that Motorola will also announce some new MotoMods alongside with Moto Z 2017.
However, all these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as there is no official confirmation about any new flagship device from Motorola. This might be just a test device with no future plans for commercial release. But so far, most of the Moto leaks seem to be accurate. The latest one being talked about is the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, a successor to the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, expected to be announced at the Motorola’s scheduled MWC event which will take place on Sunday, February 26.