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Motorola Moto Z Play – Reviewed

  • Processor
    Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625, GPU: Adreno 506

  • RAM
    3 GB RAM

  • Storage
    32 GB expandable up to 256 GB

  • Display
    5.5 inches, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density)

  • Camera
    16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash Secondary: 5 MP, f/2.2, 1.4 µm pixel size, LED flash, 1080p

  • OS
    Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)

Motorola Moto Z Play – Reviewed - Overview

Motorola Moto Z Play cell phone was propelled in August 2016. The telephone accompanies a 5.50-inch touchscreen show with a determination of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels for each creep.

The Motorola Moto Z Play is fueled by 2GHz octa-center Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and it accompanies 3GB of RAM. The telephone packs 32GB of inside capacity that can be extended up to 2000GB by means of a microSD card. To the extent the cameras are concerned, the Motorola Moto Z Play packs a 16-megapixel essential camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Motorola Moto Z Play runs Android 6.0.1 and is fueled by a 3510mAh non removable battery. It gauges 156.40 x 76.40 x 6.99 (tallness x width x thickness) and weighs 165.00 grams.

The Motorola Moto Z Play is a double SIM (GSM and GSM) cell phone that acknowledges two Nano-SIM. Availability alternatives incorporate Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G, 4G (with support for Band 40 utilized by some LTE organizes as a part of India). Sensors on the telephone incorporate Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

Motorola Moto Z Play – Reviewed - Specs


  • Device Type
  • Model
    Moto Z Play
  • Announced
    11 August 2016
  • Released
    09 September 2016
  • Status


  • Type Design Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.
  • Dimensions
    156.4 x 76.4 x 7 mm (6.16 x 3.01 x 0.28 in)
  • Weight
    165 g (5.82 oz)
  • Colors
    Black, White
  • Waterproof
  • Features
    - Splash and dust resistant
    - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    - Fast battery charging
    - Photo/video editor
    - Document viewer


  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
    CDMA 800 / 1900 - USA
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 13(700) - USA
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Nano SIM
  • Dual SIM


  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Size
    5.5 inches (~69.1% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    403 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
    Multi Touch
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Splash and dust resistant


  • Audio Playback
    MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
  • Video Playback
    MP4/H.264 player
  • Video Out
  • Alert Types
    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
  • Handsfree


  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection and laser autofocus
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Camera Features
    1.3 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
  • Secondary
    5 MP, f/2.2, 1.4 µm pixel size, LED flash, 1080p
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps


  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)
  • Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
  • Youtube Youtube is a popular free video-sharing website, Youtube is the largest video sharing site in the world, Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch.
  • Facebook Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages.


  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Adreno 506
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    3 GB RAM
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    32 GB expandable up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE
  • USB
    Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go; magnetic connector
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • Infrared Infrared connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.
  • Microphone Jack
  • Headphone Jack
  • Remote Control


  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.


  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.


  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    3510 mAh
  • Placement

Motorola Moto Z Play – Reviewed - Reviews

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Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

  • Design 9 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Camera 8 / 10
  • Multimedia 8 / 10
  • Connectivity 8 / 10
  • Call Quality 9 / 10
  • Usability 8 / 10
  • Performance 9 / 10
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Value for money 7 / 10

You regularly need to fork out pails of money to get the absolute best cell phone highlights, yet Lenovo and Motorola’s mid-extend Moto Z Play is one handset that figures out how to resist this pattern, and in awesome mold, as well.

In a comparative vein to the OnePlus 3, the Moto Z Play offers incredible esteem while besting a hefty portion of its top-level opponents – including Motorola’s own leader handset, the Moto Z. Take the Moto Z Play’s battery life. With a major 3,510mAh battery inside, the Moto Z Play in a split second has a tremendous preferred standpoint over the relatively weedy 2,600mAh battery found inside its more costly kin, and the distinction this had on our benchmarks was amazing.

Where the Moto Z kept going a sensible 12hrs 21mins in our ceaseless video playback test with the screen brilliance set to 170cd/m2, the Moto Z Play endured twofold that, checking in at an extraordinary 23hrs 45mins. That is almost two hours longer than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 (preceding it was taken off deal, that is), making the Moto Z Play the longest-enduring cell phone I’ve ever tried.


It’s unmistakable where the Moto Z Play where Motorola has stashed each one of those additional mAhs. Measuring a sizable 6.9mm at its most slender point, the Moto Z Play feels emphatically behemoth-like contrasted and the svelte 5.2mm Moto Z, and its daintily chamfered edges are more honed and harder against your palm. This isn’t to imply that the Moto Z Play is uncomfortable to hold, yet it certainly feels somewhat uncouth contrasted with its extravagantly thin stablemate.

Bigness aside, the Moto Z Play looks each piece the top-end cell phone. Its front-confronting unique mark sensor is just as speedy with regards to opening your cell phone, and its glass back and metal casing speak to an enormous jump forward in general form quality contrasted with the rubberised back of a year ago’s Moto X Play.

Moto Mods

It additionally shares the Moto Z’s principle party deceive: it’s measured. While its back association point won’t not look very as exquisite as its huge brother’s, it underpins all the same Moto Mod frill, permitting you to change your cell phone for various events without burning up all available resources.

Right now, you just have a modest bunch of mods to look over: JBL’s SoundBoost Mod is a splendid stereo speaker connection; the Hasselblad TrueZoom mod includes a 10x optical zoom, appropriate camera grasp and 12-megapixel sensor to the telephone; the Incipio offGRID Power Pack mod gives you an additional 2,220mAh battery to play with; and the Moto Insta-Share projector gives you a chance to transform your telephone into a small projector. You can likewise change the look of your telephone on the fly with various shaded cases.

It’s a delightfully exquisite framework that is super simple to utilize. Every mod essentially snaps onto the back of the telephone on account of its solid associating magnets. You may need to delve your nails into prise them off, however it’s very less bother than the framework on the LG G5. What’s more, Motorola is anticipating making these mods good with no less than two more eras of Moto Z telephones, so you ought to have the capacity to bear on utilizing them regardless of the possibility that you overhaul your cell phone this time one year from now. With Motorola has likewise discharged a Moto Mod dev unit, so we could conceivably observe many more bespoke and one of a kind mods show up later on.

The JBL SoundBoost mod is one of my most loved mods as such. It’s an incredible decision for any individual who routinely watches recordings on their telephone at home, as this stout stereo speaker conveys a gigantic change to your telephone’s sound. Costing just £70, you’ll see it difficult to retreat to listening without it once you’ve begun utilizing it.

This is incompletely on the grounds that the Moto Z Play just has a solitary implicit speaker, which sounds extremely tinny by and by and has scarcely any bass to talk about. Snap the JBL SoundBoost onto the back, however, and all of a sudden your music and recordings seem like you’re watching it on a legitimate TV. And also including an appreciated feeling of broadness to your music, it additionally improves low-end sounds, making every soundtrack feel a considerable measure hotter therefore.

It likewise accompanies a little kickstand on the back so you can prop it up on a table, and has a lot of volume to fill your room. It has a tendency to mutilate around higher volume levels, so it presumably isn’t a solid match for off the cuff parties, yet it’s awesome for playing diversions and giving your YouTube or Spotify playlists somewhat of a support.

The SoundBoost even accompanies its own inherent 1,000mAh battery, which Motorola says ought to include an additional 10 hours of battery life on to what’s now accessible on your telephone. You can either charge it independently utilizing the little USB-C port on the back of the Mod, or you can charge it while it’s connected to your telephone – simply connect it to the mains like typical and the Moto Z Play will charge it in the meantime as it’s own battery.


Where the Moto Z Play begins to veer off from the Moto Z is its interior equipment. While the Moto Z accompanies one of Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 820 chips, the Moto Z Play needs to manage with one of its mid-level octa-center 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 processors. It additionally has a minor 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB.

This is still a quite strong mix for ordinary errands, however the distinction in speed got to be evident when I pushed it through a couple of benchmarks. In Geekbench 4, the Moto Z Play scored just 798 in the single-center test and 2,599 in the multi-center test, making it half as quick as the Moto Z in general.

Truly, this is to be fairly expected for a mid-go telephone, however when you consider the less expensive £329 OnePlus 3 likewise has a Snapdragon 820 chip (also a respectable 56mins battery life time), the Moto Z Play begins to look somewhat less uncommon.

The same goes for representation execution. It accomplished a unimportant 636 casings (a normal of 10fps) in GFX Bench GL’s onscreen Manhattan 3.0 test. The OnePlus 3, by correlation, finished 2,885 casings in a similar test, for a normal casing rate of 47fps. What this demonstrates is that, a few years down the track, the Play may not stay as nippy as its more costly kin, yet by and by, it’ll play most current titles consummately easily.


The Moto Z Play’s display has been downgraded, too. It still has a 5.5in AMOLED panel like its big brother, but its resolution only stretches to 1,920 x 1,080 rather than 2,560 x 1,440. In its defence, I was hard-pressed to tell the difference in terms of overall sharpness. The Moto Z Play’s vanilla version of Android 6.0 looked just as crisp as it did on the Moto Z.

More importantly, the quality of the Moto Z Play’s display hasn’t diminished in the slightest: it still covers a fantastic 100% of the sRGB colour gamut, produces perfect black and has superb contrast. Again, its maximum brightness only peaks at 355cd/m2, but this will only be a problem on the very sunniest of days.



As for the rear camera, you might be forgiven they’re exactly the same given their identical, raised design, but the Moto Z Play actually has a higher resolution camera than the Moto Z, producing 16-megapixel images  rather than 12. You won’t find any optical image stabilisation here, sadly, but you do get a hybrid laser and phase detection autofocus, a wide f/2.0 aperture and a colour-balancing dual LED flash.

Now I wasn’t hugely impressed by the pictures I took on the Moto Z, as many of them came out quite soft and lacking in detail. Luckily, the Moto Z Play once again seems to have the upper hand here, as each shot was sharper and more defined. There was perhaps a fraction more grain and noise present, but I’d rather have a bit of grit than have everything smoothed over.


Colour reproduction was top notch, even in gloomy, overcast weather conditions. Enabling HDR had a tendency to make pictures look a little artificial, exhibiting strong halo effects around objects and buildings on the horizon, but on the whole it did a great job of brightening up muted scenes.

Indoors, shots were once again a little grainy and mottled in places, but there was very little noise and artefacts at the edges of our still life subjects were kept to a minimum. Colours were pleasingly punchy and contrast levels remained solid across all lighting conditions. I’d recommend sparing use of the flash, however, as this ended turning everything rather warm and orange rather than correctly balancing out white.




As with last year’s Moto X Play and Moto X Style, it’s Motorola’s mid-range phone that takes the crown here. The Moto Z might be faster, slimmer and have a higher resolution display, but the Moto Z Play is better value. You not only get stonking battery life, but also a great camera and equal access to Lenovo and Motorola’s new Moto Mods.

The other only phone you might want to consider at this sort of price is the £329 OnePlus 3. This is faster than the Moto Z Play and still has a pretty decent battery life, but if you’re looking for something a bit different that can turn its hand to any task required, then you certainly won’t be disappointed with the Moto Z Play. It wins a Recommended award.


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