Motorola Moto Z3 Play review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

6 inches

Display size

1080 x 2160px

64GB

Internal storage

12MP + 5MP

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 6 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2160
Pixels per inch (PPI) 402
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 5MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 156.5mm x 76.5mm x 6.75mm
Weight 156g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
Processor Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$799
Launch date2018-10
Motorola Moto Z3 Play

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

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2160
Pixels per inch (PPI) 402
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 5MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 156.5mm x 76.5mm x 6.75mm
Weight 156g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
Processor Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

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

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