The Moto X Play is an intriguing phone thanks to its supposedly excellent camera, big battery, and low(er) price. The big question mark until now, though, has been whether it'll be available in the States—it's available in Canada and the UK, but Motorola's US site only has a "register for updates" link. Recent rumors point to the middle child of Motorola's phone family coming to the US, too—but only on Verizon.
Phandroid got the first hint. The site's sources claimed the Droid Maxx 2 would be a Verizon-specific version of the Moto X Play. The biggest carrier in the U.S. seems like a reasonable landing spot—Motorola has been making the Verizon-exclusive Droid line since 2009. Possibly the best info in Phandroid's rumor is the price for the Maxx 2: a cool $300. That price is down quite a bit from the launch price of the Droid Turbo at $599, though Phandroid says Motorola will launch a Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2 based on the Moto X Style, too.
Now, Android Police claims to have verified the initial rumor. The site has additional photos of what it's claiming is the Droid Maxx 2. It wouldn't be a Verizon phone without the carrier's logo, which is emblazoned on the removable back cover. According to screenshots published on the site, the Maxx 2 will have an octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC with a 1080p display and 2GB of RAM—same as the Moto X Play.
It'd be a drag to see a phone with such an attractive battery and a decent price as a carrier exclusive in the United States when the rest of the world can get the Play as they like. The existence of a page on Motorola's US site with specs and a mailing list sign-up form suggests it might not be stuck on Verizon forever, though. We can only hope.