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Motorola Moto Z Play review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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We still love the idea of a modular smartphone, and Motorola has made the best stab at it that we’ve seen so far. The Moto Z is a more powerful phone, but it works in the same way with the mods as the cheaper Moto Z Play.

  • Moto Mods improvements.
  • Good battery life.
  • Fair mid-range performance.
  • Low-key Android.
  • Mods are an untested commodity.
  • Terrible button/fingerprint positioning.
  • Chunky design.
  • No contract options.

5.5 inches

Display size

1080 x 1920px

32GB

Internal storage

16 MP

Rear camera

3,510 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
403 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
5MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156.4mm x 76.4mm x 7mm
Weight
165g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 625
RAM
3GB
Operating system
Android 6
Internal storage
32GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
3,510mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$699
Launch date2016-09
Motorola Moto Z Play

It’s pretty common for mobile manufacturers to follow up a hero device with a slightly lower-cost option. It’s why there are so many Samsung "Galaxy" phones in a given year, but only one Galaxy S9.

Sometimes, the lower-cost option comes along at the same time as the hero phone, and that’s precisely what Motorola has done with the Moto Z Play. It’s a slightly lower-specced version of the Motorola Moto Z in a thicker frame with a lower price point.


Design

  • Moto Mods support at a cheaper price point than the Moto Z.
  • Chunky design may not appeal to those with smaller hands.
Moto Z Play review

Camera

  • Solid mid-range camera hardware should be sufficient for general photography.
  • Camera pundits can upgrade further with the Hasselblad camera mod.
MotoZPlay_Rear_NoMod_450

Performance

  • Decent mid-range power delivers solid performance in general use.
  • Performance in 3D games is a little on the low side.

Battery life

  • Plenty of battery capacity and a low-power processor allow for easy all-day battery life.
  • Light phone users can even get multiple days of use out of a single charge.

Verdict

  • A more accessible take on the modular smartphone that doesn't quite live up to its potential.

Pricing and availability


Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
403 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
5MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156.4mm x 76.4mm x 7mm
Weight
165g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 625
RAM
3GB
Operating system
Android 6
Internal storage
32GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
3,510mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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