Moto Z2 Play preview: Sharp and ready

Sharp and ready

Hristo Zlatanov, 16 June 2017.


The Moto Z2 Play is the successor to last year's Moto Z Play, the phone that won praises from critics and was quite possibly the highlight of Motorola's lineup last year. Like the last phone, the new one focuses on providing good performance and great battery life without blowing a hole in your wallet.

Moto Z2 Play review

Those were mainly the reasons why last year's phone got so much attention. Reviewers loved the long lasting battery life, which seemed to go on for days but more importantly, it did not come at the cost of performance. All in all, the Z Play felt like a complete package and for not a lot of money.

Despite the success of this formula, Motorola wasn't afraid to take some risks with the new model. The Moto Z2 Play sheds some of the bulk of the previous model for a leaner design. This has come at the cost of battery capacity, which at 3000mAh is a good 15% smaller than the previous model's.

Moto Z2 Play key features

  • Body: Aluminum unibody design, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Display: 5.5-inch, 1920x1080 px, Super AMOLED, 401 ppi
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a single key navigation (Home key with swipe gestures)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, 2.2GHz octa-core CPU, Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB internal, microSD expansion
  • Rear Camera: 12 megapixels, f1.7, dual pixel PDAF, two-tone LED, 4K video
  • Front Camera: 5 megapixels, f2.2, selfie flash, 1080p video
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM model available, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n, A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: 3,000mAh non-removable, Motorola Turbopower fast charging support
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor, FM radio, Moto Mod support, water-repellant nano coating

Main shortcomings

  • Poor display sunlight visibility
  • Huge bezels around the display
  • Weak graphics performance
  • No OIS for the main camera
  • No stereo speakers
  • Moto Mods are expensive

The design also looks quite familiar but this has been done to maintain compatibility with last year's Moto Mods. Yes, the Moto Mods are back with some new variants and because they are backwards compatible, you can use last year's models with the new phone and vice-versa.

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Some of the other changes include an updated processor, better cameras, and last but not the least, a higher price. We will just have to wait and see how all of it adds up and if the new Z2 Play is still the value for money proposition as last year's model.

Reader comments

  • AnonD-642976
  • 04 Oct 2017
  • J{k

well, if a company won't update their phones that's just fine. but you can't run around and tell the world that you will provide updates and then you won't. this is not just unethical - its a scam! motorola was scamming their customers as i bet ...

  • AnonD-80459
  • 03 Oct 2017
  • n0x

If you care so much for updates why didn't you get the X Play? G series are low end budget smartphones and they won't get more than 1 major software update. It makes sense, it costs them a lot of money to mantain older devices. Motorola in Google's e...

  • Anonymous
  • 01 Sep 2017
  • awB

Motorola is an excellent brand damaged by a poor customer service. I wont buy another one due to my poor experience....