Motorola Moto Z2 Play review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is a fine mid-range phone at an appealing price point, but the cost of mods to really bring it to life is still problematic.

The good

  • Thinner and better looking design
  • Moto Mod capable
  • Good battery performance
  • Good mid-range app performance
  • Good camera

The bad

  • Mods can seriously increase the price
  • Huge camera bulge with no mod installed
  • Smaller battery than last year
  • Only hydrophobic, not water resistant

Motorola Moto Z2 Play at a glance
When was the Motorola Moto Z2 Play released? June 2017.
What’s new about the Motorola Moto Z2 Play? Thinner body, Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, improved camera, fingerprint reader gestures.
How much does the Motorola Moto Z2 Play cost? RRP $699.

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.

2016 was the year when phone makers went modular, with LG first announcing the ill-fated LG G5, and Motorola following suit with the much better designed Moto Z phones with their Moto Mod attachments. Following the release of the Moto Z and Moto Z Play, Motorola set about busily refining its designs for its lower cost Z series phone in the form of the Moto Z2 Play.

Design

  • A much thinner and lighter design than the Moto Z Play
  • Rear camera protrudes noticeably, spoiling its thin profile

Camera

  • Laser autofocus delivers impressive low-light performance
  • A quality camera for a phone at this price point

Performance

  • Snappy and responsive across day-to-day tasks
  • Android 7.1 provides further optimisation and plenty of handy features

Battery life

  • The thinner design drops battery capacity to 3,000mAh
  • Nevertheless, all-day battery life is still easily achievable

Verdict

  • An excellent mid-range smartphone that gets a little pricey if you start investing in Moto Mods

Pricing and availability

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

A refined take on modular smartphone design

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play improves upon the modular approach of the Moto Z Play with a faster processor, more RAM and the addition of Android 7.1.

Promoted
  • You can currently purchase the Motorola Moto Z2 Play for around $400 from online retailers like Amazon, Catch and DWI.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 × 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Processor Snapdragon 626
Height (mm) 156.2
Width (mm) 76.2
Depth (mm) 6
Weight (g) 145
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.7
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 16th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Motorola Moto Z3 Play
Motorola Moto Z3 Play
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
Motorola Moto X4
Motorola Moto X4
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
64GB
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Motorola Moto G5s
Motorola Moto G5s
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 626
5.5
1920 × 1080
64GB
Motorola Moto E4
Motorola Moto E4
MT6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Motorola Moto C
Motorola Moto C
MTK 6737M
5
854 × 480
16GB
Motorola moto G4 Plus
Motorola moto G4 Plus
Snapdragon 617
5.5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Motorola Moto G5
Motorola Moto G5
Snapdragon 430
5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Motorola Moto G5 Plus
Motorola Moto G5 Plus
Snapdragon 625
5.2
1920 x 1080
16GB
32GB
Motorola Moto Z Play
Motorola Moto Z Play
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Motorola Moto Z
Motorola Moto Z
Snapdragon 820
5.5
2560 x 1440
64GB
Motorola Moto G4 Play
Motorola Moto G4 Play
Snapdragon 410
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Motorola Moto X Force
Motorola Moto X Force
Snapdragon 810
5.4
2560 x 1440
32GB

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