Motorola’s Moto Z2 Play is available in Australia for $699 from tomorrow
Motorola's latest Moto Mod-capable phone is reasonably priced with plenty of flexibility.
Motorola has of late focused extensively on the budget to mid-range market with its excellently valued Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus phones. It's also the sole remaining contender in the extensible smartphone space with its Z series phones. We first saw those in Australia last year in the form of the Motorola Moto Z and Motorola Moto Z Play phones, and from tomorrow, they'll be joined by the Motorola Moto Z2 Play.
The Moto Z2 Play is a mid-range 5.5-inch Full HD phone running Android 7.1.1 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Camera quality has been upped to a 12MP f/1.7 dual autofocus pixel model with 1.4um sensors and a claimed laser autofocus range of up to 5 metres. On the front, you'll find a 5MP f/2.2 wide view camera for selfie purposes.
On the battery front, the Moto Z2 Play features a 3000mAh battery, which is surprisingly a downgrade from last year's Moto Z Play, which featured a 3510mAh battery. That's because the new Moto Z2 Play is considerably thinner, measuring in at just 5.99mm thick, leaving less space for battery power.
The phone could become considerably thicker, though, because the Moto Z2 Play is also compatible with all the currently available Moto Mods, plus a few new ones announced for local availability today. The new Moto Turbo Power Pack will rapidly charge Mod-compatible phones and will cost $99, while new style shells for the rear of the phone will enable wireless charging and cost $59 each.
Motorola phones are usually pretty similar to Google's, bearing in mind that at one point it was owned by Google, but there are a few neat tricks up Motorola's sleeve for the Moto Z2 Play, such as the use of the fingerprint sensor to mimic the home, back and recent app buttons in a similar style to that of the Huawei P10.
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play will be available in Australia from 30 June 2017 for $699 outright directly through Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Officeworks and independent retailers, as well as at Motorola's Australian website. There are no announced carrier partners at this stage.
If the pricing for the Moto Z2 Play is above what you want to pay for the phone, Motorola also announced the more budget-centric Moto E4 and Moto C phones, which will be available in July and go on direct sale for $249 and $149 respectively.
Want to know more about the Moto Z2 Play? You can read our full review here.
|Operating system||Android 7.1.1|
|Storage||64GB with expandable microSD up to 2TB|
|Screen size||5.5 inches|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 626|