The New Moto Z2 Play Sounds Disappointing Already

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Motorola is plotting a return to the tablet scene with the launch of a new premium slate running Android, according to reports. However, knowing the quality of Motorola moto products, it's safe to assume that it won't be a good device for its price range.

Motorola is reportedly working on a new Moto tablet, according to Android Police. While long thought to be dead, Android tablets are having something of a renaissance in 2017, with Samsung releasing the Galaxy Tab S3 and Google changing up the way its Pixel C tablet operates, and Moto's feature is another way tablets are adapting to the changing times.

The Moto Z Play was probably the best of Motorola's first round of modular Z phones. However, there's a leaked screenshot of the alleged tablet's highlighted feature - the Productivity Mode. However, it was later spotted by 9To5Google that the feature, or some of its behavior, may have been pulled from Lenovo's Yoga Book laptop-tablet hybrid that was released a year ago.

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Based on the speculation, this new model could be a productivity-geared device more comparable to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. "This integrates with the built-in productivity interface, which features a taskbar and instant app switching, support for multiple windows and optimization for mouse and keyboard operations". The Productivity Mode also moves all of the Android navigation buttons to one side of the screen, for easier thumb access. Some variants of the device may offer cellular connectivity, it is believed. What's also nice is that the navigation bar seems to include a dedicated app drawer button - next to the navigation keys.

Unsurprisingly, the Android tablet market on the decline.

Where tablets have been a drought area for Motorola, smartphones have been something where it has continued to see growth.