One week ago, a phone that shares the same model number with the Moto Z – XT1650 – appeared on benchmarking website Geekbench.
The supposed Moto Z 2017 model had quite a number of interesting specs. The major highlight is the new Qualcomm latest Snapdragon 835 processor that brings back an octa-core setup with a clock speed of 1.9GHz. Like the 2016 models, the leaked Moto Z has 4GB of RAM on board.
With the likes of HTC U Ultra, LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and several other flagships rumored to be coming with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, the Geekbench listing revealed that the Moto Z 2017 could debut with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Not so long ago, it emerged that Samsung will start mass-producing the Snapdragon 835 processor somewhere in April, around the same time the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be released. If the Moto Z 2017 is to ship with a Snapdragon 835 processor on board, it is possible that we are facing a potential launch date of June and probably another September release, similar to last year’s model.
Now, there is a new development that has just come in. Apparently, Motorola has filed a patent for an iris scanner, something that could feature on the Moto Z 2017 flagship. The 2016 model debuted a magnificent modular design with a bunch of accessories called Moto Mods, well, this design is still here as it turns out that many Motorola fans loved it, at least when compared to the LG G5.
Last year, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debuted with an iris scanning feature on the front panel. According to reports, the same feature will appear on the incoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Now that Lenovo is possibly taking the same direction with the Moto Z 2017, it will be interesting to see how the market responds to this new feature. Still, it could all go down to how each OEM implements the feature. As it is, Motorola has plans to use a fingerprint scanner that doubles as an iris scanner as well, something that would make it unique when compared to Samsung, which is moving the fingerprint scanner to the back after ditching the physical home button.
We’ll keep following the development and bring you the latest updates. Meanwhile, would you like to see the Moto Z 2017 ship with an iris scanner? Leave your thoughts in the comments box below.