At its name suggests, the Motorola Moto Z Play is all about playing things around. The 3.5 mm earphone jack thankfully still retain its existence and the battery durability has been improved too. Lenovo also introduced a smaller price, meaning everybody can sign up to it. How does this thick handset performs? Find out as we strip the specs below.


  • More affordable than any Moto Z iterations
  • 3.5mm earphone jack still available
  • Long battery life


  • So-so camera
  • Thicker dimension
  • Mediocre powerhouse


As introduced in its first version, the modular accessories – called ‘mods’ – will be available to pair with the Z Play. There are several MotoMods currently available in the market, ranging from stylized battery packs to a pico projector that can be attached by the help of magnets. It’s also worth noting that the introduction of Moto Z Play saw the Hasselblad True Zoom camera released at the same time, so now you can boost that mediocre shooter into something dramatically more powerful.

The Moto Z Play copies several design elements from its original counterparts, and most of it aren’t noticeable. However, it turns out to be more bulky, although still acceptable since it managed to stay below 7 mm.

It has 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display just like the Moto Z and Z Force, but instead of Quad HD (2560 x 1440p), the Z Play only receives Full HD (1920 x 1080p) at 403 ppi. You won’t complain too much since the details is still relatively crisp and bright considering the current standard of upper mid-range phones.

Powering the Z Play is the 2GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. Based on the benchmark, the performance is lower than the two brothers. It has 32GB of internal storage alongside a dedicated microSD slot. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with near-stock interface, so those who crave for pure Android experience will be totally spoiled here.

As of the camera, Moto Z Play packs 16MP primary lens with dual LED flash and an f/2.0 aperture, the smallest of the three. It combines laser and phase-detection autofocus, meaning zero shutter lag. On the front there’s 5MP lens capable in capturing wide-angle 85 degree images.

If you’ve been impressed by android phone that stands for a day and a half, prepared to be surprised here. The Moto Z features 3510 mAh capacity which translates into 44-48 hours durability period, thanks to the lower display resolution and downgraded processor. It easily beats the Z and Z Plus by 12-16 hours in this sector.

Conclusion: If you are looking for a Moto device with long-lasting battery that suits any available custom MotoMods gadgets out there, the $449 Moto Z Play will perfectly match your requirements.