Motorola are taking the Moto Z and making it more affordable, and more importantly, more accessible for us all. Whereas the Moto Z was essentially a Droid exclusive handset for US Carrier Verizon, the Moto Z Play will enter international shores, and that’s what get’s us much more excited about this one … and we’re not even just talking about the fact this one has a headphone jack!
Design wise, you’re not going to find too much differences on the Play versus the traditional Moto Z devices, in fact at the front you’ll only notice a few swap arounds, first up top wth the front flash and Camera positions, and that the “moto” text goes from under to above the display.
Remaining though is the garish square finger print scanner … I swear why doesn’t Lenovo make a CIRCLE fingerprint scanner with a Motorola M in the middle?!
More affordable = some sacrifices
Though being a more low cost device it is less of a device as well compared to the higher end Moto Z, but you expected that, though to be fair, not much is changed to make it too bad, sure you’ll now have to put up with a SnapDragon 625 processor rather than 820, with 3GB of RAM, as well as no OIS on the Rear Camera though it is higher resolution at 16MP so not all bad. Plus, let’s not forget, with Motorola’s Android optimisation, you’re hardly going to feel the drop in performance in every day use, plus with the efficiency of the SnapDragon 625, expect decent battery life paired with a large 3,510mAh.
The Moto Z Play does have a decent 32GB of internal storage, plus a microSD Card slot for expansion is always welcome.
The Moto Z Play is naturally thicker than the Moto Z, but that comes with some very clear benefits, main being IT HAS A 3.5MM HEADPHONE JACK!!! It’s hilarious how that has to be listed as a feature again, but it’s true.
Display size remains, but the display goes from QHD to 1080p naturally, though even at 5.5 inch that’s still a decent 403PPI, but of course the main reason for this is to support Moto Mods (more information on Moto Mods on our Moto Z coverage here)
As usual for a Motorola, the white version does look awful, but the Moto Z Play is still a very decent affordable version of the Moto Z, plus whilst their are some changes to get the price down, we don’t realistically think most are compromises, so this could be an awesome mid-range Android device for you to get, who needs a Moto G when you’ve this baby!
Full specs below;
- Android 6.0.1 with Motorola’s enhancements such as Moto Display, Voice, Actions
- 2.05GHz Quad Core Qualcomm SnapDragon 625 Processor backed up by Adreno 506
- 3GB RAM
- 5.5 inch 1080p Full HD Display (403PPI) *not AMOLED*
- 32GB internal storage (64GB variant for China is coming)
- microSD Card Expansion
- 16MP Camera with Laser Autofocus and Dual-LED Flash capable of up to 4K Video Recording (1.3μm pixels / f2.0 lens)
- 5MP Wide Angle Front Camera with Front Facing Flash. (1.4μm pixels / f2.2 lens)
- HAS A HEADPHONE JACK unlike regular Z
- Fingerprint reader
- 3,510mAh battery with TurboPower Charger (9 hours battery in 15 minutes)
- Available in black (black/silver/slate) or white (white/fine gold/sugar white)
- Support for Moto Mods
Int. Price: £369 SIM Free in September
The regular Moto Z will retail for £529 as well.