Motorola Moto Z2 Play review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

5.5 inches

Display size

64GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 156.2mm x 76.2mm x 6mm
Weight 145g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 626
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$432.80
Launch date2017-06
Motorola Moto Z2 Play

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

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
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Camera

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

Motorola Moto Z2 Play specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 156.2mm x 76.2mm x 6mm
Weight 145g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 626
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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