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Motorola Moto Z Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews of Motorola Moto Z Play. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and price are on the whole positive. The screen and performance also get good comments. Reviews are divided on the portability, while many are critical about the reliability and camera.

battery, performance, screen, price, durability

camera, reliability

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 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Andreas Kilian (

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....

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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 (

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 (

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: Dan Tennant (

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: Pierre Vitré (

Moto Z Play review: Lenovo leads the charge


Unveiled at IFA 2016, the Moto Z Play is a new modular smartphone from Lenovo. Compatible with Moto Mods, it is the third device to join the family after the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. More economical than its other variants, the Moto Z Play wants to...

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...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Jason Cross (

Moto Z Play review: Long-lasting, affordable, and modular too


It may not be as fast as the other Moto Z phones, but the return of the headphone jack and super battery life make up for it.

priced well ; fantastic battery life ; smooth performance

Verizon exclusive version loaded with bloatware ; Camera software interface could use some work

It won't win any speed contests, but nice design, epic battery life, and an affordable price make this phone a winner.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Koh Wanzi (

Lenovo outs mid-range Moto Z Play, announces Hasselblad True Zoom camera module


Lenovo has announced the Moto Z Play and a brand new Moto Mod, the Hasselblad True Zoom camera module. The Hasselblad True Zoom supports up to 10x optical zoom, and lets you shoot in either JPEG or RAW.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Igor Bonifacic (

Motorola announces the $650 Moto Z Play, available in Canada this September


While American consumers have had access to the Moto Z , Motorola's hot new take on a modular smartphone, for more than two months now, Canadian consumers have been left to ask themselves, why the delay? The answer, it turns, out, is that Motorola...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Matt Swider (

Moto Z Play review


The longer-lasting modular phone with a headphone jack

Cheapest Moto Z phone yet ; Works with all MotoMods ; Includes a 3.5mm headphone jack

Not a powerful performer ; Thicker, even without accessories ; Camera won't impress you

The Moto Z Play is meant to play, made clear with its headphone jack and long-lasting battery. And everyone is invited thanks to its cheaper price. Just don't expect stellar performance from the chipset or camera on this thicker Moto Z variant.

Dec, 2016

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera aperture number:2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera


Pixel density:294 / 403
Screen shape:Flat


E-mail: Yes


GPS: Yes
Position location: Yes


2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G standards:CDMA, HSPA+, UMTS / HSPA+, UMTS
4G: Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM

Ports & interfaces

USB port: Yes


Internal RAM type:LPDDR3