Motorola Moto Z Play review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

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.

Motorola Moto Z Play at a glance
When was the Motorola Moto Z Play released? October 2016.
What’s new about the Motorola Moto Z Play? Interchangeable hardware, high-capacity battery, lower price point.
How much does the Motorola Moto Z Play cost? RRP $699.

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.

Design

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

Camera

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

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

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.

Promoted
  • The Motorola Moto Z Play retails for $699 but can be found cheaper at online retailers like Buy Mobile.
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OS Android 6
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403
Processor Snapdragon 625
Height (mm) 156.4
Width (mm) 76.4
Depth (mm) 7
Weight (g) 165
Battery size (mAh) 3,510
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 3
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 16
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
NFC support Yes
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Updated October 17th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 636
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
MSM8937
5.7
1440 x 720
32GB
Motorola Moto E5
Motorola Moto E5
Snapdragon 425
5.7
1440 x 720
16GB
Snapdragon 450
5.7
2160 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 630
5.9
2180 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 626
5.5
1920 × 1080
64GB
MT6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
MTK 6737M
5
854 × 480
16GB
Motorola moto G4 Plus
Motorola moto G4 Plus
Snapdragon 617
5.5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Snapdragon 430
5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Snapdragon 625
5.2
1920 x 1080
16GB
32GB
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 820
5.5
2560 x 1440
64GB
Motorola Moto G4 Play
Motorola Moto G4 Play
Snapdragon 410
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 810
5.4
2560 x 1440
32GB

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