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Lenovo-owned Motorola brand unveils a mid-range device named as Moto Z3 Play that comes with all-new glass build, decent specifications and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Z3 Play supports all the Moto Mods and brings adequate bezels on an AMOLED display.

Moto Z3 Play – Features

The Moto Z3 Play offers an AMOLED panel on the front having FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It measures 6-inches diagonally and carries fairly trimmed bezels all around. It also has water and splash resistance, though there’s no IP-rating mentioned.

The rear of the phone carries Motorola’s signature circular camera bulge and a dock for Moto Mods while the fingerprint scanner is placed on the left edge; just like Xperia phones. The Z3 Play packs a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both front and rear sides.

The Moto Z3 Play is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset under the hood with an Octa-core configuration consisting of 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 cores. The SoC is paired with an Adreno 509 for graphics. The smartphone brings two storage options to choose from 32 and 64GB of native storage, sported by 4GB of RAM. Luckily, you can expand it by up to 400 GB, via Z3 Play’s dedicated microSD slot.

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On the camera front, Moto Z3 Play sports a dual camera setup on the rear with a 12MP f/1.7 main sensor and a 5MP secondary camera along with a dual-tone LED flash. Whereas, the selfie shooter placed on the front can manage by up to 8MP photos. It has an aperture of f/2.0 and can also record 1080p videos.

Interestingly, the Moto Z3 offers complete stock Android experience running on Android 8.1 Oreo with minimal proprietary bloatware, making it a responsive and efficient device. Moreover, regular Android updates will ensure the maximum out of the device in a safe environment.

Here comes a surprising factor for us as the Moto Z3 despite having a larger display is equipped with a relatively small 3,000 mAh battery that seems quite insufficient for this footprint. However, fast charging (TurboPower) is available at 15W via a Type-C port.

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As mentioned earlier, the Moto Z3 Play supports all the Moto Mods like the battery mod and audio mod that can be attached on the rear like a case. Do note that the Moto Z3 Play does not have an audio jack, it uses its Type-C connector for audio. However, the company is considerate enough to include a 3.5 mm to headphone jack within the box, so that’s a plus.

Moto Z3 Play – Pricing and Availability

Lenovo has made the Moto Z3 Play available in Brazil with the only color option of Deep Indigo having a starting price tag of R$ 2,299 (~$590, PKR 68,400). However, it is said that the device will soon enter the US and other markets with reduced pricing.

Moto Z3 Play – Specifications

OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Dual SIM Yes
CPU 1.8 GHz octa-core Kryo 260
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Display 6.0-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio, FHD+ (1080x2160px)
Fingerprint Scanner Side-mounted
Moto Mods Yes
RAM 4GB
Internal Storage 32/64GB
Card slot yes, up to 400GB
Primary Camera Dual: 13 MP (f/1.7) + 5 MP, DP PDAF, dual-tone dual-LED flash, 4K@30 fps
Secondary Camera 8 MP (f/2.0), 1080p
Connectivity Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC
Battery 3,000 mAh, 15W TurboPower (fast charging)
Price ~Rs. 68,400