Motorola Moto Z3 Play review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Motorola Moto Z3 Play

Motorola Moto Z3 Play
  • Display

    6 inches

    2160 x 1080


  • Storage

    64GB

  • Battery size

    3,000 mAh

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Motorola's newest moto mod capable phone, the Moto Z3 Play offers a mid-priced option for those who like its modular approach.

The good

  • Moto mods can add lots of features.
  • Moto actions make sense.

The bad

  • Battery life isn't great without a mod.
  • Mod costs quickly become expensive.
  • Rear is ugly without a mod case cover at least.

Motorola updated moto mod capable phone combines the modular approach the company has championed with a thin design and just a little more processing power.

It's been a while since we last saw a Motorola Z series phone down under, with Motorola opting to skip out on bringing the Motorola Moto Z2 Force to our shores. Motorola seemed more intent on selling its very good value Moto G phones here, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it bringing the Motorola Moto Z3 Play to Australia, and quite rapidly after its announcement too.

It's one of a pair of Z3 generation phones, but we won't see the Motorola Moto Z3 (sans Play suffix) locally, or indeed anywhere outside of the USA according to Motorola representatives. Like any other Motorola "Play" phone, the Motorola Moto Z3 Play is the slightly lower cost variant, although because it's still a moto mod capable device that lower cost can quickly ratchet upwards.

Design

  • Thin and light.
  • Moto mod compatibility limits Motorola's design options.
  • No headphone jack.
Motorola Moto Z3 Play

Camera

  • Dual lenses, but one is only a depth sensor.
  • Fair performance by itself, but again you can add a moto mod.
Motorola Moto Z3 Play

Performance

  • Mid-range processor delivers predictable results.
  • Motorola's light touch on Android is welcome.
  • A phone that needs moto mods for it to make sense.

Battery life

  • Average battery life for its class.
  • Battery mods could make a big difference – at a cost.
Motorola Moto Z3 Play

Verdict

  • A phone for existing moto mod fans.
  • Not much point in buying if you're not going to buy mods.
  • But with mods added to the price, premium flagships might suit you better.

Pricing and availability

  • The Motorola Moto Z3 Play sells in Australia outright for $799.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play

Motorola's modular handset

The Motorola Moto Z3 combines power with the flexibility of Motorola's unique moto mods.

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Motorola Moto Z3 Play specs

OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 6
Display resolution (pixels) 2160 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 402
Processor Snapdragon 636
Height (mm) 156.5
Width (mm) 76.5
Depth (mm) 6.75
Weight (g) 156
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4GB
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.7
Rear camera (2) resolution 5
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
NFC support Yes

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