Moto Z2 Play Launched With Thinner Design
Moto Z2 Play
1st June 2017
76.2 x 156.2 x 5.99 mm
Glass and Metal
1920 x 1080 px
Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626
Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Dual Pixel Focus
CCT dual LED flash
1.4 µm pixel size
1080p @ 30fps
50% charge in 30 minutes
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz
4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 41, 66)
Moto Mods connector
USB-C port with USB 3.1
Bluetooth version 4.2 LE + EDR
nano Dual SIM
Motorola’s next Z phone is out and the company has started with the Moto Z2 Play and the phone has been launched in several countries. The Moto Z2 Play has been upgraded with certain design aspects but retains the modularity along with new mods which have launched in several markets. The Moto Z2 Play has been launched for $499 and is expected to hit markets like India in June itself.
The launch also brings a few new mods by Motorola (previously Moto), the JBL SoundBoost 2, the Moto TurboPower Pack, Moto Style Shells with Wireless Charging, and the Moto GamePad. The SoundBoost 2, TurboPower Pack, and GamePad are priced at US $79.99, while the wireless charging Style Shells are priced at US $39.99.
With the new thinner design the Moto Z2 Play also loses its chunky battery and now sports a 3,000mAh battery. The newer battery is supposedly good for 30 hours of use vs 50 hours seen ion the previous generations Moto Z Play. The new design brings thickness down to 5.99mm thick, and the weight is 145 gms. The phone still misses the water resistance and comes with a water repellant nano coating.
As far as hardware is concerned, the Moto Z2 Play runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor with either a 3 or 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage with microSD card support.
The front of the Moto Z2 Play has a 5.5-inch, 1080p AMOLED display along with a 5-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 lens and dual LED flash, the camera shoots 1080p video. The main camera 12-megapixel dual pixel autofocus camera with a f/1.7 lens, very similar in design to that of the G5 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7. The Moto Z2 play also has laser autofocus, PDAF and dual pixel focus.
The Moto Z2 play runs Android 7.1.1 out of the box, with several customizations from Moto, including Moto Voice and Moto actions, and a new blue light filter. The new software on the Moto Z2 Play, activates commands with “show me” instead of phrases like “Hey Siri” or “Okay Google” so you can say words like “Show me the time in LA” making it a more natural command.
The new Mods include a new wireless style shell which comes in multiple colors allowing you to drop your phone on any wireless mat to get the phone charging. The TurboPower Pack brings an additional 3,490mAh battery and can charge the phone at 15W speeds. The MOD will not charge through the phone, instead you can charge the phone through the Mod’s inbuilt USB C port.
The GamePad allows you to drop any Moto Mod enabled Moto Z phone including the first generation Zs and the new Moto Z2 Play and game on any compatible Android Game. The GamePad Mod includes dual control sticks, a D-pad, and four buttons. Motorola says it was developed in partnership with the gaming division at Lenovo and it has a 1,035mAh battery.