Moto Z Play alleged specs reveal a Snapdragon mid-ranger

Given the oddity of the new Moto Z, it's easy to forget that there's still a slightly less powerful Moto Z Play on the way. Or at least that's what the latest leaks say. Just yesterday, what is believed to be the Moto Z Play was spotted at Indian import/export site Zauba, hinting that the device is ready for testing. Now a screenshot of an AnTuTu benchmark corroborates some of that, but also adds some rather welcome news regarding the smartphone's specs.

The listing on Zauba noted that the Moto Z Play would run on a Snapdragon 652, have 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The specs listed by the AnTuTu show a slightly higher grade, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. According to the source, the Moto Z Play would actually be offered in those two variants, both having the same 5.5-inch 1080p screen.

The curious part about this revelation is the processor. The AnTuTu names it as a Snapdragon 625, while the Zauba listing goes with a 652. One could simply be a typographical error, though it does give some confusion. While both are octa-core CPUs, the 625 is still within the 32-bit architecture while the 652 goes with 64-bit. Other than that, and raw clock speeds, however, the two are almost functionally equal to each other. And it's also substantially different from the MediaTek chip seen in a past GFXBench leak that also claimed to be the Moto Z Play.

The model number on AnTuTu's page is also intriguing. It names the Moto Z Play as the XT1635. That would strangely put it in between the Moto G4 (XT162X) and the Moto G4 Plus (XT164X). The GFXBench listing does call it the XT1662, which is more in line with the previous Moto X Play (XT156X). This Moto Z Play is turning out to be one puzzling smartphone, and we await more details, if not a formal announcement.

VIA: Weibo