After heavy leaks and rumors in tech blogs, finally Lenovo reveals the Moto Z2 Play. We don’t see any extraordinary changes from the last year’s model. In fact, some specifications (like battery and camera) have been decreased but those of Moto Mods have been upgraded.

The Z2 Play has a slightly larger fingerprint sensor compared to its predecessor and is now an oval instead of a small square at the bottom of the screen.

Another small change to the design are the antenna lines that run along the edge of the back side. Lenovo has swapped the glass back for a metal one which makes the phone less fragile.

Features

The Moto Z2 Play, running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, features the same 5.5 inch Super AMOLED 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution display like its predecessor.

It gets a little faster processor under the hood; from the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 to octa-core Snapdragon 626 (0.2 GHz of difference in clock speeds of the two processors).

Moto Z2 Play comes with two storage options – a 32 GB (3 GB RAM) variant and a 64 GB (4 GB RAM) variant. However, you can also expand its memory up to 2 TB by using microSD. Moto Z2 Play will get a separate dual SIM variant with a dedicated microSD card slot.

On the camera front, pixel count has decreased from 16 MP to 12 MP as compared with the last year’s Moto Z Play. The Z2 play can now snap photos and focus faster. It comes with phase detection and laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash in addition to 4K video recording.

The front camera is unchanged and has a 5 MP sensor. There is however a dual LED flash on the front (single LED flash in the older Moto Z Play).

Moto Z2 Play now has a 3,000 mAh battery compared to 3,510 battery from the last year’s model. Battery life will most definitely be affected.

Moto Mods

As mentioned earlier, Moto Mods family has received upgrades along with a new Moto GamePad Mod.

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  • The GamePad turns your phone into an Android gaming console with analogue sticks and buttons to match. It comes with a 1,035 mAh battery which means it won’t drain your phone’s battery. It will cost $80.

  • The Moto TurboPower Pack adds a hefty 3,490 mAh battery capacity to your Moto Z2 Play. It supports fast charging. Last year’s Moto Z Play had an Incipio battery pack which added around 2,000 mAh of battery capacity. It will go for $80.

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  • The JBL Soundboost Mod has received an upgrade. It now has two 3W speakers with a built-in kickstand and an extra 1,000 mAh battery. It can take the occasional water splashes as well. This mod will also go for $80.

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  • Finally we have the Moto Style Shell with wireless charging. It comes with 4 different patterns and supports Qi and PMA charging pads. This mod will retail for $40.

Price and Release Date

Lenovo has made the Moto Z2 Play available in US market with a price tag of $500 (~PKR 52,300). There is no news about release in other parts of the world as yet. Keep visiting these pages to know more about Moto Z2 Play and Moto Mods.

Specifications

OS Android Nougat 7.1.1
Supported Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Display 5.5″ Super AMOLED with Full HD
resolution 1920 x 1080
CPU Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 506
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
RAM 3/4 GB
Internal 32/64 GB
Card slot yes, up to 256 GB
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.2 LE
  • NFC
  • dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • hotspot
  • A-GPS
  • USB Type-C
Misc.
  • Water-Repellent Coating
  • Moto Mods
  • Fingerprint Scanner
Primary Camera 12 MP, f/1.7, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, video@4K 30fps, HDR, Slo-mo videos
Secondary Camera 5-megapixel with dual-LED (dual tone) flash, f/2. 0
Battery 3,000 mAh
Price $500 (~PKR 52,300)