The Moto Z Play is actually pretty great at $449, the Z Play isn’t the cheapest mid-range phone out there. It is available in India at Rs. 24,999, the Moto Z Play is flying dangerously close to the current favourite, the OnePlus 3. Also Asus Zenfone 3 and the Honor 8 too are in the same segment which offer excellent all-round performance.
The Moto Z Play does hold its own in all departments making it a very good all-rounder too.
- Fantastic battery life
- Sturdy build quality
- It has a headphone jack
- Big screen
- Not great for gaming
- Rivals have better cameras
- Pricier than competitors
The Moto Z Play uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, that you can get phones with flagship Snapdragon 820 SoCs for the same or less price these days.The native octa-core chip has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores built on the efficient 14nm fabrication process. It has a 3GB of RAM, the snappy performance can also be attributed towards the Moto Z Play’s lean software.
The General performance is speedy and phone runs cool during active usage. We only found it getting a bit warm when charging, but with most kinds of usage including gaming and using the camera, we didn’t encounter any overheating.
The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2000GB via a microSD card.
Display and Audio
The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch. The Moto Z Play excels at multimedia playback thanks to the excellent display and good audio. You can set individual audio settings for the speaker and the headphones. High resolution videos play seamlessly, including 4K video files. The earpiece speaker gets decently loud without any distortion, even at high volumes.
The Moto Z Play features a quality 16-megapixel Rear Camera with PDAF and laser autofocus. Video recording is very good at full-HD and 4K. The same goes for slow-motion videos, which are rendered at 120fps at 720p. The camera app is basic but still manages to cover the popular shooting modes like Professional and Panorama.
The front 5-megapixel camera does a good job at selfies under good lighting, and at night, the front flash comes to in handy.
Battery life is another area where the Moto Z Play really excels. With a 3510mAh battery under the hood, we managed to get a runtime of 17 hours and 4 minutes in our video loop test. With regular usage, we easily managed a day and a half. Quick charging is implemented in the form of Moto’s TurboPower feature, which gets you to roughly 26 percent in about half an hour.
Connectivity and Sensors
The Motorola Moto Z Play is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, Headphones, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.