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Motorola Moto Z Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 187 reviews of Motorola Moto Z Play. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the price and camera are overall positive. The usability and performance are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto Z Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Andreas Kilian (notebookcheck.net)

Lenovo Moto Z Play Smartphone Review

 

The superior Z? As the cheaper sibling of the Moto Z flagship smartphone, the Moto Z Play can also be expanded via Moto Mods. As well as a larger battery, it is also equipped with a higher resolution primary camera at a much lower price. Our test...

solid, high-quality build casing, expandable via Moto Mods, no bloatware preloaded, fast USB Type-C port, micro-SD card can be used as internal storage, good phone features, accurate touchscreen, high-contrast AMOLED panel, reliable fingerprint...

primary camera's unreliable autofocus, no Miracast support, screen with PWM flickering, headset not included, non-removable battery

As with the Moto Z, one of the main features of the Moto Z Play is its expandability via Moto Mods. According to Lenovo, these modules will be supported for at least three device generations. However, buyers have to dig deeper into their pockets first....

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Moto Z Play review: Buy it for the battery life

 

The Moto Z Play isn't exactly a steal at $449, but its combination of great build quality, decent performance and excellent battery life make it one of the most exciting mid-range smartphones of the year. It's still a long way from perfection, though...

Fantastic battery life ; Sturdy build quality ; It has a headphone jack! ; Big screen

Not great for gaming ; Rivals have better cameras ; Pricier than competitors

It can be hard to get worked up about devices that don't aspire to be the greatest thing you'll ever slide into a pocket, but even so: The Moto Z Play won me over. Its occasional lack of horsepower can be frustrating (especially if you're into gaming),...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Welch (theverge.com)

Moto Z Play review: the best battery life of any smartphone today

 

The Moto Z Play from Lenovo has the best battery life of any smartphone I've ever used. It's so good and so superior to the competition that this — the third member of the Moto Z family — just...

Amazing battery life ; Nice display ; Fast everyday performance

Weak camera ; Design can feel unwieldy ; Good luck with software updates

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Lynn La (cnet.com)

Motorola Moto Z Play review

 

Motorola's Moto Z is a premium phone that made waves with its magnetic snap-on accessories. Unlike the LG G5 , which also had swappable components, Motorola's take on modularity made a lot more sense and was easier to use.

The affordable Moto Z Play works with swappable modular accessories, retains its headphone jack (unlike the more upmarket Moto Z and Z Force) and has a battery that goes on and on.

The Z Play is the thickest and heaviest phone in the Moto Z series and its fingerprint sensor, annoyingly, can be mistaken for a home button.

Even if you don't give two licks about its cool modular capabilities, get the Motorola Moto Z for an affordable phone with an impressively enduring battery life.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Pierre Vitré (androidpit.com)

Moto Z Play review: Lenovo leads the charge

 

Unveiled at IFA 2016, the Moto Z Play is the latest modular smartphone from the people at Lenovo. Compatible with Moto Mods, it's the third device to join the Moto family after the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. It's a more economical Moto device, so the...

Excellent battery ; Quality screen ; Mini-jack

Too heavy ; Disappointing camera ; Moto Mods too expensive

The Moto Z Play is the most affordable modular smartphone on the market. If this concept interests you, then it could be a cheaper option than the LG G5. However, I remain skeptical of this first generation of mods. Although the Lenovo system is...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Tennant (toptenreviews.com_old)

Motorola Moto Z Play Review

 

The Moto Z Play isn't the best smartphone you can buy, but its battery is outstanding, and its camera is surprisingly solid. Whether you're into the idea of Moto Mods or simply want a phone with a particularly long-lasting battery, it could serve you...

The Moto Z Play’s spectacular battery sets a new high bar for smartphone longevity.

Its Snapdragon 625 processor is a substandard chip in today’s market, even at a mid-tier price point.

If you’re willing to part with the raw power of higher-end processors, Motorola’s Moto Z Play will reward you with fun modularity and the most forgiving battery life we’ve seen in this generation of phones.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Jeph Preece (toptenreviews.com)

Motorola Moto Z Play Review

 

The Moto Z Play isn't the best smartphone you can buy, but its battery is outstanding, and its camera is surprisingly solid. Whether you're into the idea of Moto Mods or simply want a phone with a particularly long-lasting battery, it could serve you...

The Moto Z Play’s spectacular battery sets a new high bar for smartphone longevity.

Its Snapdragon 625 processor is a substandard chip in today’s market, even at a mid-tier price point.

If you’re willing to part with the raw power of higher-end processors, Motorola’s Moto Z Play will reward you with fun modularity and the most forgiving battery life we’ve seen in this generation of phones.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Rose Behar (mobilesyrup.com)

Moto Z Play review: More than enough battery to power the modular future

 

The idea of modularity, pioneered by Google's scrapped Project Ara , is a noble one. Consumers buy the smartphone they need, and choose modular additions to achieve the smartphone they want.

Outstanding battery life ; User-friendly, intelligent design ; Zippy, reliable performance

Slightly above normal price range for specs ; Average, not excellent, camera quality ; Not as powerful as other devices in its range

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Jason Million (gstylemag.com)

Moto Z Play: Mid-Ranger with Massive Battery Life [Review]

 

After getting spending a great deal of time and adjusting to the Moto Z & Moto Z Force smartphones that came out around the middle of the summer, Motorola has decided to announce its newest smartphone to the Z family with the Moto Z Play. They have...

At a price point of around $400 I expected this phone experience to be slightly different. But Motorola definitely knows how to make a mid-range smartphone without skimming or compromising too much integrity of the product itself. It takes decent...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Chance Kinney (chipchick.com)

Moto Z Play and Hassleblad True Zoom Moto Mod Review

 

Like last year with the Moto X, Lenovo has pushed out a midrange Play version of their new flagship smartphone. The Moto Z Play has the same design as the great Moto Z and Moto Z Force — including compatibility with the new Moto Mods — but is cheaper...

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2800 / 3000 / 3150 / 3510
Battery performance:2800 / 3510

Call Management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):16
Maximum frame rate:120 / 30
Night mode:Y
Rear camera aperture number:1.7 / 2 / 2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 16 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@120fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 2560x1440@30fps / 640x480@30fps,1280x720@120fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Self-timer: Yes
Smile detection:Y
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y
White Balance:Auto
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:1.4
Body SAR (EU):1.4
Head SAR:0.396
Head SAR (EU):0.396

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Gold / Gold, White / White
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar
Protection features:Water Resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5 / 5.5
Display number of colors:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:294 / 401 / 403
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2 / 3

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

FM radio:Y

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,HSPA+,UMTS / HSPA+,UMTS
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE / 4.1 LE / 4.2 LE EDR
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y / Yes
Graphics:Adreno 306 / Adreno 506
Graphics adapter:Adreno 306 / Adreno 506
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Shortcuts, Themes / Icons, Shortcuts, Wallpaper / Icons, Themes, Wallpaper, Widgets
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB / USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0 / 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor:410 / 625
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2 / 2 / 2.2
Processor model:410 / 625 / 626

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0.1 / 6.0.1, Marshmallow / 7.1.1 Nougat

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:2 / 2048 / 3 / 3072
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:128 / 2000
RAM capacity:2 / 3 / 4
RAM type:LPDDR3
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.236 / 0.275 / 0.39
Height:5.67 / 5.69 / 6.14 / 6.15 / 6.16
Weight:4.83 / 5.11 / 5.82
Width:2.83 / 3 / 3.01