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Say hello to the Verizon-bound Moto X Play, aka Droid Maxx 2

Even after an important management change, Motorola seems intent to retain and cultivate its very close relationship with America’s most popular wireless service provider.

Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Verizon and Moto surprisingly followed up the Droid Ultra – Maxx – Mini trio of 2013 with a single Turbo model last year, which suggested the US carrier’s exclusivity over otherwise impressive Android smartphones was maybe headed for an abrupt end.

We also expected Lenovo, the Chicago-based OEM’s new owner, to perhaps push for equality between “big four” operators stateside, but ultimately, VZW looks set to welcome another pair of Droids to its roster before long.

The Droid Maxx 2 is a near-carbon copy of the international Moto X Play in a series of unofficial live pics obtained by Android Police, save for your typical rear logos. No special emblems on the 5.5 incher’s face, which allows it to preserve the relatively slim screen bezels, while the textured blue backplate is sure an odd design choice on Big Red’s part.

Droid Maxx 2

A snazzy crimson variant has to be in the works as well, and the commercial launch will probably go down in the next month or so for the Maxx 2 to get settled on store shelves as the holiday season draws near.

On the specification front, CPU-Z bizarrely hints at a cringe worthy 8GB internal storage space, with everything else Xeroxed from the X Play’s list of features – Full HD display, 2 GB RAM, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processing power, Android 5.1 Lollipop software. Plus, without a doubt, a 21 MP rear-facing camera, secondary 5 megapixel shooter, and 3,630 mAh battery.

Droid Maxx 2 CPU-Z

Tragic how such an upper mid-range gem, likely priced at $400 outright, won’t be usable on AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint, huh?

Meanwhile, the higher-end Moto X Style is on its way to the States unlocked and SIM-free, as well as designed specifically for Verizon and dubbed Droid Turbo 2. More details as we get them.

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