After a series of rumors, speculations and leaks, we now have the Moto Z2 Play officially launched.
The phone, as you may have already guessed, is a successor to the 2016 Moto Z Play, which formed part of the debut Moto Z series alongside the standard Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
When the Moto Z series made its debut in 2016, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the phone. Other than being a new smartphone lineup, the Lenovo-owned company joined LG in coming up with a modular handset. This meant that users of the phone could attach a variety of accessories and get more enhanced functionality.
Given that the Moto Z2 Play has kept faith in this same modular design, it’s an indicator that Motorola saw some success or rather potential to succeed in this design. In fact, the design of the new Z2 Play is not so different from what you already know about the original model. So, what has really changed? Keep reading.
Even though there are not so many changes on the phone’s appearance, you’ll notice that the Moto Z2 Play looks sleeker and more premium than its counterpart. Also, there’s a small change on the design of the fingerprint scanner and/or home button, where you find something that is similar to the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. If anything, this design change pattern is similar to what happened between the Moto G4 and Moto G5, where the home button is no longer square-like, instead, it adopts a more rounded shape.
The protruding camera bump is still there and the magnetic pins for attaching modular accessories have also kept their place. The all-metal body of the Moto Z2 Play also comes with a water-repellant nano-coating that also protects the phone against dust, same as the original Moto Z Play. Although they look alike, the new model is a lot thinner at just 5.99mm thick compared to the original model’s 7mm profile.
So, where are the real changes? Well, you guessed it right – on the inside! Apparently, the Moto Z2 Play has all of its major changes appearing under the hood. While the same 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a Full HD resolution has been retained, the Moto Z2 Play has a slightly improved Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor under the hood compared to the Snapdragon 625 used on the original model.
This new processor has been paired with a decent 3GB, similar to what appeared on the Moto Z Play, but this time around, you also get a high-end variant of the Moto Z2 Play that packs an impressive 4GB RAM. The entry-level model has the same 32GB of expandable storage used on the 2016 handset, but the high-end variant gets twice this storage and also keeps the microSD card slot.
Besides the upgraded processing specs, the Moto Z2 Play also comes with a more powerful 12MP DualPixel camera on the back that packs an aperture of f/1.7, same as what you see on the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, BlackBerry KEYone or even the new Galaxy S8. The large aperture means that you’ll be able to capture good shots even when in low-light conditions. When compared to the 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture used on the original model, this is way better in terms of quality. The front has the same 5MP lens used on the Moto Z Play, but this time it gets a dual-tone LED flash.
The Moto Z2 Play might be looking sleek and premium with its thin profile; however, you won’t be getting the same battery power that made the Moto Z Play such a popular handset. There is a smaller 3000mAh unit on board compared to the massive 3510mAh unit that appeared on the 2016 handset. If this battery is small, you can grab yourself a TurboPower pack that integrates a massive 3490mAh battery to the phone, but this will set you back about $80.
For the software, you get the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and even though the Moto Z Play has Marshmallow out of the box, it can be upgraded to Nougat via an OTA update. The Moto Z2 Play will be available starting this summer priced at $499.