Moto Z2 Play Preview: Sharp And Ready

By 05:24 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


The Moto Z2 Play is the successor to last year's Moto Z Play, the phone that won praises from critics and was quite possibly the highlight of Motorola's lineup last year. Like the last phone, the recent one focuses on providing fine performance and remarkable battery life without blowing a hole in your wallet.

Those were mainly the reasons why last year's phone got so much attention. Reviewers loved the long lasting battery life, which seemed to go on for days but more importantly, it did not come at the cost of performance. All in all, the Z Play felt like a complete package and for not a lot of money.

Despite the success of this formula, Motorola wasn't afraid to hold some risks with the recent model. The Moto Z2 Play sheds some of the bulk of the previous model for a leaner design. This has come at the cost of battery capacity, which at 3000mAh is a fine 15% smaller than the previous model's.

Moto Z2 Play key features

  • Body: Aluminum unibody design, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Display: 5.5-inch, 1920x1080 px, Super AMOLED, 401 ppi
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a single key navigation (Home key with swipe gestures)
  • Chipset: elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, 2.2Giga Hertz (GHz) octa-core CPU, Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB internal, microSD expansion
  • Rear Camera: 12 megapixels, f1.7, dual pixel PDAF, two-tone LED, 4K video
  • Front Camera: 5 megapixels, f2.2, selfie flash, 1080p video
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM model available, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11n, A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: 3,000mAh non-removable, Motorola Turbopower quick charging support
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor, Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, Moto Mod support, water-repellant nano coating

Main shortcomings

  • Poor display sunlight visibility
  • Huge bezels around the display
  • Weak graphics performance
  • No OIS for the main camera
  • No stereo speakers
  • Moto Mods are expensive

The design also looks quite familiar but this has been done to maintain compatibility with last year's Moto Mods. Yes, the Moto Mods are back with some recent variants and becautilize they are backwards compatible, you can utilize last year's models with the recent phone and vice-versa.

Moto Z2 Play official images

Some of the other changes include an updated processor, better cameras, and last but not the least, a higher price. We will just have to wait and see how all of it adds up and if the recent Z2 Play is still the value for money proposition as last year's model.



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