Motorola Moto Z2 Play

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Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are minutes (2G), 1460 minutes (3G).



The Moto Z2 Play is an even thinner version version of Moto's fun modular phone, but it takes a hit on battery life.

- Sam Rutherford , Tom's Guide 

It's not a complete overhaul, and in two major ways is a downgrade, but it's also one of the most well-rounded and enjoyable-to-use Android phones on the market.

- Daniel Bader , Android Central 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 35 reviews

What's good

  • All-day battery life
  • TurboCharge support
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Solid performance

What's bad

  • Lackluster camera
  • Bland design
  • Weak loudspeaker
  • Limited Moto Mod options
  • Screen not very bright

Less than a year after unveiling their ambitious first attempt at a modular phone, Motorola is back with its successor—the Moto Z2 Play. Looking at the specifications, it’s clearly more of a refinement than an upgrade. However, this doesn’t mean it lacks what it takes to offer a great experience.

Reviewers have had time to test out this new release and their weighing in around the web.

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The design of the Moto Z2 Play is very similar to its predecessor. But then, as reviewers noted, it needs to be to remain compatible with the growing selection of Moto Mod accessories. Reviewers were pleased to see that the metal back plate resisted fingerprints and helps with grip.

While there were a few complaints about bland or boring design, no one had issues with build quality. Phone Scoop said, “The Z2 Play is a good looking phone and it comes across as stronger and less delicate than the original.”

Heading around to the front, you’ll find a 5.5-inch 1080 AMOLED panel. Reviewers had differing opinions on the screen. Some found the colors inaccurate but loved the contrast. Others complained of trouble reading in bright environments. However, most agreed that it was well suited for everything from emails to gaming.

The phone features a similar processor to its earlier model—a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor. Depending on the model, you’ll also find either 3 or 4GB of RAM. Reviewers had no issues with day-to-day performance. While some noted a few dropped frames in high-end games, they also said that games remained playable if not a bit choppy.

With 32 or 64GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards, you should have no problem keeping your favorite media and apps on-hand. Reviewers also noted that software on the phone—Android 7.1.1 Nougat—featured little in the way of modifications and was light on storage space.

One button navigation was a hit with reviewers. Instead of using on-screen buttons, you can use swipe controls on the front-facing fingerprint sensor to load recent apps or go back to a previous screen.

Unfortunately, camera reviews for the phone fall flat. With the 12MP rear camera offers phase detection and laser autofocus, reviewers found that a lack of optical image stabilization and inconsistent exposure made for a frustrating experience in all but the best of lighting.

The front-facing 5MP lens includes a dual-tone flash for well-lit selfies. However, reviewers again struggled with blurry shots or odd light balancing.

Android Authority summed up opinions well, saying, “Overall, camera performance is sufficient, but is unfortunately not very close to competing with the expensive flagships out there.”

The phone includes a 3000mAh battery. Reviewers found that it is enough to last through a day but still recommend nightly charging. However, if you find yourself low on juice, the included TurboCharger promises a few hours of runtime with only 15 minutes of charging.

Overall, reviewers agreed that the true value of the phone lies in how useful you’ll find the Moto Mods. If you’re looking for a powerful camera, you’re probably better off looking elsewhere. Otherwise, the Moto Z2 Play offers a compelling mid-tier experience at a fair price.


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


Coolsmartphone

A modular phone done the right way, once again

from Coolsmartphone

A small upgrade to the original but keeps the key selling points for upgrading customers.

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A small upgrade to the original but keeps the key selling points for upgrading customers.

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GSMArena

A blessing and a curse

All things considered, the Moto Z2 Play's fate comes down to fan love for the Moto Mod platform. If you don't plan on exploring the modular concept and searching for specialized add-ons, like a sliding keyboard or a scientific measurement multitool, among other weird plugins that occasionally pop up on crowdfunding platforms, the Moto Z2 Play is pretty much like the next midrange phone.

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All things considered, the Moto Z2 Play's fate comes down to fan love for the Moto Mod platform. If you don't plan on exploring the modular concept and searching for specialized add-ons, like a sliding keyboard or a scientific measurement multitool, among other weird plugins that occasionally pop up on crowdfunding platforms, the Moto Z2 Play is pretty much like the next midrange phone.

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TechSpot

Tough sell for the price

from TechSpot

The Z2 Play needs to cut its price by at least $100, ideally $150, to make it an attractive option. At under $400, the handset would be a decent choice, but up against budget flagships for the same price, it just doesn’t provide good enough value.

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The Z2 Play needs to cut its price by at least $100, ideally $150, to make it an attractive option. At under $400, the handset would be a decent choice, but up against budget flagships for the same price, it just doesn’t provide good enough value.

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Android Central

A tough balancing act

from Android Central

The Z2 Play offers several upgrades from last year's model — the camera is much better, the aluminum unibody design feels much more premium, and the user interface has also picked up a couple of useful additions.

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The Z2 Play offers several upgrades from last year's model — the camera is much better, the aluminum unibody design feels much more premium, and the user interface has also picked up a couple of useful additions.

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Notebookcheck

Just a reworked version of the Moto Z Play with a slimmer silhouette, as well as smaller battery

from Notebookcheck

Lenovo's Moto Z2 Play is a good smartphone. It would look even better if the Moto Z Play (no longer) existed. The predecessor does many things just as good, some things just a bit worse, and other things even better while being considerably cheaper.

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Lenovo's Moto Z2 Play is a good smartphone. It would look even better if the Moto Z Play (no longer) existed. The predecessor does many things just as good, some things just a bit worse, and other things even better while being considerably cheaper.

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Android Guys

The most affordable way to get into Moto Mods

from Android Guys

A solid phone for those who want to get involved with Moto Mods, and a decent value at $500. There are other, more powerful phones out there, but none that support Moto Mods.

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A solid phone for those who want to get involved with Moto Mods, and a decent value at $500. There are other, more powerful phones out there, but none that support Moto Mods.

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The Telegraph

The only hope for modular phones

from The Telegraph

Motorola is making one of the world's most interesting smartphones, but for now it is the lone standard bearer for modular phones after the flop that was the LG G5 and the future of modular devices is far from certain. The selection of mods is exciting, but their additional price and bulk makes many of them a questionable purchase. Aside from the quirk factor, for most people they will remain expensive extras.

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Motorola is making one of the world's most interesting smartphones, but for now it is the lone standard bearer for modular phones after the flop that was the LG G5 and the future of modular devices is far from certain. The selection of mods is exciting, but their additional price and bulk makes many of them a questionable purchase. Aside from the quirk factor, for most people they will remain expensive extras.

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WhatsYourTech

Currently the strongest handset Moto has launched in the Great White North

from WhatsYourTech

The Moto Z2 Play is a solid mid-range phone with dependable performance, but the price becomes a tough to accept, especially when adding the costs of one or two Mods on top of it.

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The Moto Z2 Play is a solid mid-range phone with dependable performance, but the price becomes a tough to accept, especially when adding the costs of one or two Mods on top of it.

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Recombu

Playtime is over

from Recombu

Despite its name, the Motorola Moto Z2 Play is anything but fooling around, offering a flagship-like experience for almost half the price. It’s bigger and bulkier than similarly-priced mid-rangers and cracks under pressure when compared to the performance of a true flagship; but a premium design, great screen, excellent battery life and the unique benefits of the Moto Mods platform make this sub-£400 mid-ranger a seriously enticing smartphone.

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Despite its name, the Motorola Moto Z2 Play is anything but fooling around, offering a flagship-like experience for almost half the price. It’s bigger and bulkier than similarly-priced mid-rangers and cracks under pressure when compared to the performance of a true flagship; but a premium design, great screen, excellent battery life and the unique benefits of the Moto Mods platform make this sub-£400 mid-ranger a seriously enticing smartphone.

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Recombu

A well-priced and compelling photographic companion

from Recombu

Although it doesn’t offer quite as many creative shooting modes and features as some rivals, the Moto Z2 Play’s camera experience is clean, easy-to-use and has all of the most important functions that you’d look for in a smartphone. What’s more, it’s 12-megapixel primary sensor is a great all-round performer and aside from some issues with fine detail, photos and video really look the part, especially if their intended destination is a social media platform.

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Although it doesn’t offer quite as many creative shooting modes and features as some rivals, the Moto Z2 Play’s camera experience is clean, easy-to-use and has all of the most important functions that you’d look for in a smartphone. What’s more, it’s 12-megapixel primary sensor is a great all-round performer and aside from some issues with fine detail, photos and video really look the part, especially if their intended destination is a social media platform.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 1, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.25 W/kg
Body: 1.52 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 998 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 618 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time 498 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Up to: 1460 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Lunar Gray, Nimbus Blue, Fine Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.6 x 7.6 x 0.6 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.4
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Wide-Angle lens, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto Z Play (2nd Gen)

32 GB variant has 3 GB of RAM.
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