Moto Z Play Review

The arrival of the Lenovo brand to the management of Motorola has allowed the North Americans to continue maintaining their philosophy of content prices and quality software. And the Moto by Lenovo line is an example of this.

Today I bring you a complete video analysis of Moto Z Play, a device that bets on a modular design and has some very interesting surprises.


The construction of the Moto Z play is undoubtedly the main credential of the terminal and where more has been put the brand so that having it in hand offers a very pleasant feeling. And it succeeds.

We speak of a telephone built around a metallic unibody chassis ending in a frame of high quality sandblasted aluminum. The overall finish is robust, with two Gorilla Glass crystals set up both front and back, which give the device great resistance to blows and falls.

As I said, the feeling in the hand is very good and demonstrates the good work done by Motorola in this regard. Of course, the size is not very optimized because to have a screen of 5.5 inches, the phone is large (156.4 x 76.4 mm) with a huge bottom frame, which is where it houses in fingerprint reader.

Moto Z Play

Of course, its 7 mm thick make the device a very thin terminal. In addition its weight of 165 grams makes that the Moto Z Play does not disturb in the hand after hours of use.

Highlight that the Moto Z Play has a front speaker that sounds really good, a connector for the Moto Mods on the bottom rear, USB connector Type C reversible and the standard 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom.

Overall, a clean design that shows the good performance of the manufacturer in this aspect, providing the Moto Z Play with quality finishes that make the new phone of the Moto Z line a very appealing option.

Moto Z Play Technical Features

Device Moto Z Play
Dimensions 156.4 x 76.4 x 7 millimeters
Weight 165 grams
OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
screen IPS 5.5 inches with resolution 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and 401 dpi
Processor Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 with eight cores Cortex A53 at 2.0 GHz power
GPU Adreno 506
Internal Storage 32 GB expandable with MicroSD up to 128 GB
Rear camera 16 megapixels with f / 2.0 27 / OIS / autofocus / face detection / panorama / HDR / Dual Flash LED / Geolocation / Video recording 1080p at 30fps
Frontal camera 5 MPX / video in 1080p
Connectivity DualSIM Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / dual band / Wi-Fi Direct / hotspot / Bluetooth 4.0 / FM radio / A-GPS / GLONASS / BDS / GSM 850/900/1800/1900; 3G bands (HSDPA800 / 850/900/1700 (AWS) / 1900/2100 – NXT-L29 NXT-L09) 4G bands (1 (2100) 2 (1900) 3 (1800) 4 (1700/2100) 6 (900) 7 (2600) 8 (900) 12 (700) 17 (800) 18 (800) 20 (800) 26 (850) 38 (2600) 39 (1900) 40 (2300) – NXT -L29) / HSPA Speed ​​42.2 / 5.76 Mbps and LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Other features Fast Charging System / Fingerprint Sensor / Type C Port / Waterproof Nano Coating (Splash Resistant) / Compatible with Moto Mod
Battery 3.510 mAh non-removable
Price Offer on Amazon for only 379 euros

With this configuration, which we have already seen in other devices, we are facing a midrange that will exceed the needs of any user. After having tested it for a month I can say that the terminal  works very smoothly, does not suffer from jerks and, as you could have seen in our video analysis, Moto Z Play can move any game, by much graphic power that requires, without Problems.

The device navigates through Android 6.0 quickly and smoothly delivering excellent performance in all aspects. Let’s also remember that Motorola is committed to the minimum customization, something that I personally love and makes the terminal work really well and no trace of junk applications.

The  fingerprint reader  of the Moto Z Play works quite well, offering a quick and accurate reading of our fingerprint. Of course, I think the size is too small, more if we consider the space in the bottom of the front of the device. I think Motorola should have made a bigger biometric reader in this respect.

A screen that goes far beyond what was expected in the mid-range

Moto Z Play

Motorola often bet on the solutions of Samsung to give life to its terminals and the Moto Z Play is a new example of it. Obviously had to reduce costs and get away from the panels QHD 1.440p, but anyway the screen that rides the Moto Z Play is really good.

I am talking about a 5.5 inch Super Ring AMOLED with full 1080 HD resolution that leaves a density of 41 pixels per inch, which translates into an excellent user experience.

These panels are more than known, but for those who do not know this technology, say that the Super AMOLED screen guarantees very bright colors with exceptional brightness and virtually infinite viewing angles, as well as the deepest black tone that can be achieved in A smartphone.

To say that the whites are also very good and, in general terms, the terminal offers a great clarity. In addition we can calibrate the level of saturation according to our tastes.

On the outside, the screen works very well , allowing you to display your content in the most enlightened environments. In addition, Motorola’s Ambient Display allows you to display the time and notifications with the screen off and that scarcely consumes resources thanks to the technology used in the panel.

Moto Mod, testing the JBL SoundBoost loudspeaker

Moto Z Play

One of the most differentiating elements of the Moto Z line comes with the Moto Mod . And, in the purest style Project Ara, the manufacturer has incorporated a connector on the back of the device to plug in different peripherals. I have tested the JBL Sound Boost for Moto Z and the result has been incredible.

As for the design, the JBL Sound Boos t has a very attractive design and a very premium finishes. One detail that I liked is that it comes with a piece that will serve the times is supported inviting us to enjoy multimedia content or video games in company.

Another remarkable detail comes with the fact that the JBL speakers have a battery of their own so we will not consume the battery of our Moto Z or Moto Z Play, but are different elements.

The quality of the sound is quite good, far surpassing what was achieved with the speaker located on the front, but its 115 grams of weight and u lulled prices (89 euros) cause more than one user to think twice.

An inexhaustible battery

Moto Z Play Load

The other great strong point, along with its exquisite design, is without a doubt the autonomy of this terminal. The Moto Z Play mounts a non-removable 3,510 mAh battery.  

We know that with this battery the Moto Z Play would offer a good performance, coupled with the fact that in the box comes  a TurboPower charger  which, according to the manufacturer, charges up to 9 hours of autonomy in only 15 minutes plugged.

Too bad that the charger will carry the USB Type C Built-in so we will not have a cable that allows synchronization with the PC. Returning to the autonomy, say that I have been able to use the phone without problems for 2 days in a row , something that very few terminals get.

When I have given it more intensive use the Moto Z Play has endured without problems the day and a half so I can say that its performance in this aspect is more than correct beating the majority of competitors.


Moto Z Play camera

Finally we enter the section of the cameras. And yes, the manufacturer has done a good job also in this section. Its 16 megapixel camera with dual tone flash makes very good captures as long as we are in well-lit environments. 

In interiors and with the help of the flash we will be able to take pictures without excess of noise, but when trying photograph nocturnal images yes that we will be with the dreaded noise.

The camera software has different functions, such as the manual mode that will allow us to adjust any parameters of the Moto Z Play camera, such as white balance or ISO level, but it is a very simple interface, which comes in Android pure.

Photographs made with the Moto Z Play camera


Moto Z Play

The Moto Z Play is very well built. It is a phone that will attract many looks and has a good hardware and a higher than average range. Is it the best mid-range on the market? About tastes, colors, but certainly is in the top 3.

Editor’s review

Moto Z Play camera

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