Motorola Moto Z2 Play: Pricing, availability and specifications

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The Moto Z2 Play is thinner and more stylish than its predecessor with the same ability to extend via Motorola's funky Moto Mods.

Moto Z2 Play At A Glance

When does the Moto Z2 Play come out? Available in Australia from 30 June 2017.

What’s new about the Moto Z2 Play? Thinner body, Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, improved camera, fingerprint reader gestures

How much will the Moto Z2 Play cost? $699 outright

What is the Motorola Moto Z2 Play?

Motorola's latest mod-capable phone, the Moto Z2 Play is a more or less logical progression from 2016's Moto Z Play. That phone was the lower-cost partner of the Moto Z with the same ability to use Motorola's extensible Moto Mod system but a lower overall specification and asking price.

For the Moto Z2 Play, Motorola's shaved some thickness off the Moto Z Play design, as well as giving a style that's more befitting a high-end mid-range (or low-end premium) phone. It's quite pleasant even without a mod on the back, although the one minor downside here is a drop in battery capacity between generations, down to 3,000mAh in the Z2 Play.

Motorola is shipping the Moto Z2 Play with a few neat tricks on top of the regular Android 7.1.1 experience. Like the Huawei P10, you can use gestures on the fingerprint sensor in place of the regular Android home, back and app tray functions, although this is disabled by default. It offers a night reading mode with less harsh backlighting if you're a midnight web surfer, as well as physical gestures like a double chop motion to automatically enable the rear light at night.

Is the Motorola Moto Z2 powerful?

The Motorola Moto Z2 is decidedly a mid-range phone at a mid-range price, featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon 626 processor and 4GB of RAM. That's a recipe for decent, but not stunning performance, although it is nice to see it equipped with 64GB of onboard storage (plus microSD expansion), giving it decent headroom for apps and content.

Does the Moto Z2 Play have a good camera?

Motorola's contention with the Z2 Play is that it's significantly enhanced the camera over last year's model. While the total megapixel count has dropped since last year down to 12MP, it's with larger sensor sites which should give better low light performance. Laser autofocus has been extended to up to 5 metres, which should lead to sharper and brighter photos.

How do I charge the Moto Z2 Play?

The Moto Z2 Play uses the newer (and reversible) USB C standard for charging, as well as supporting fast charging capabilities that can provide up to 7 hours of power from just a 15 minute charge.

Is the Moto Z2 Play water resistant?

The Moto Z2 Play isn't specifically water resistant in an IP-rated way. It should be able to survive small quantities of water such as light rain, but directly dropping it into water would be a notably bad idea.

When will the Moto Z2 Play be available in Australia?

The Moto Z2 Play will be available in Australia from 30 June 2017.

How much will the Moto Z2 Play cost?

The Moto Z2 Play will cost $699 outright, and will be available through Harvey Norman, The Good Guys Stores, Officeworks and independent retailers, as well as Motorola's web site.

Motorola Moto Z2 Play: Review

The Z2 Play impressed us when we took it through our review process, although predictably it's at its best when you apply a few funky Moto Mods to it:

The second generation Moto Z Play is thin, pretty and powerful, although adding any mods to it can quickly bring it up into premium price territory."

You can read our full review of the Moto Z2 Play here.

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Specifications

Motorola Moto Z2 Play
Operating System Android 7.1.1
Storage 64GB with expandable microSD up to 2TB
Screen size 5.5inch
Resolution 1080 x 1920
Rear camera12MP
Front camera 5MP
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
Display density401ppi
Battery3000mAh

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