A Geekbench listing of a device that some industry watchers believe is the upcoming Moto Z2 was uncovered earlier today. The handset bearing the model number XT1650 was listed in the database of the popular benchmarking tool back in January but wasn’t put into correlation with the rumored Moto Z2 until recently. The listing reveals that the model number of the system-on-chip (SoC) powering the Moto-branded device is MSM 8998, indicating that the handset is equipped with the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm’s first 10nm piece of silicon that debuted on the market last month, powering the U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus. The benchmark found that the Moto XT1650 features 4GB of RAM and was running Android 7.1.1 Nougat at the time of its testing. Moto’s previous smartphones indicate that the software powering the XT1650 likely doesn’t radically differ from stock Android, though recent industry reports suggested that Lenovo might start equipping its Moto devices with the ZUI OS, a proprietary software suite developed by its subsidiary ZUK that’s expected to be closed down in the near future.
The possible Moto Z2 scored 1,930 points in Geekbench’s single-core test and was awarded 6,207 points in its multi-core test, indicating that the smartphone in question will be able to compete with contemporary Android flagships in terms of performance. The first render of what’s said to be the upcoming Moto Z2 surfaced online earlier this month, suggesting that Motorola Mobility is working on a metal smartphone with a dual camera setup equipped with a dual-tone LED flash. The handset is also expected to support most established wireless charging standards and ship with a front-facing fingerprint scanner. Industry insiders previously indicated that the upcoming Moto Z2 will feature a single-lens front camera setup that will be supported by a conventional LED flash. Side bezels of the handset are supposedly relatively slim, though its top and bottom bezel are regularly sized, recent reports have indicated.
There’s still no word on when the Moto Z2 might be hitting the market or how much it will cost, but more details on the device are expected to be available shortly.