Motorola Moto Z Play review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Motorola Moto Z Play

Motorola Moto Z Play
  • Display

    5.5 inches

    1080 x 1920

  • Storage


  • Battery size

    3,510 mAh

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.

The good

  • Moto Mods improvements.
  • Good battery life.
  • Fair mid-range performance.
  • Low-key Android.

The bad

  • Mods are an untested commodity.
  • Terrible button/fingerprint positioning.
  • Chunky design.
  • No contract options.

The Moto Z Play gives you access to Motorola's Moto Mods at a lower price, although its general performance isn't spectacular.

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.


  • 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


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


  • 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.


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

Pricing and availability

Motorola Moto Z Play

Motorola goes modular

With its modular attachments, the Motorola Moto Z Play gives you the freedom to customise its capabilities to your liking.


  • The Motorola Moto Z Play retails for $699 but can be found cheaper at online retailers like Buy Mobile.

Motorola Moto Z Play specs



Physical dimensions


Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403
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
Dimensions 156.4mm x 76.4mm x 7mm
Weight 165g
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 625
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage


External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,510mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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