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.

5.5 inches

Display size

1080 x 1920px

32GB

Internal storage

16 MP

Rear camera

3,510 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

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
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage

32GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,510mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$699
Launch date2016-09
Motorola 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.

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

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.

Motorola Moto Z Play specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

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
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage

32GB

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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