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Motorola Moto Z Play

Specifications

Motorola Moto Z Play
Motorola Moto Z Play (Moto Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
, LPDDR3
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 401 PPI, Super AMOLED, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD Card support (up to 2 TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor. Accelerometer. Ambient Light. Gyroscope. Hall Effect. Magnetometer Proximity. Audio monitor
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.99 x 156.4 x 76.4 ( = 0.28 x 6.16 x 3.01 in)
Battery
3150 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix Laser auto-focus, ƒ / 2.0 aperture, Zero Shutter Lag, Color balancing dual LED flash, 4X digital zoom, Slow Motion video
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix ƒ / 2.2 aperture, Wide-Angle 85° lens
Additional features
Keyboard: Virtual
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
500 Euro

 

Average Score: 81.36% - good
Average of 14 scores (from 31 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 78%, features: 90%, display: 80% mobility: 98%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Motorola Moto Z Play

73% Motorola Moto Z Play Review
Source: Think Digit English
To sum up, the Moto Z Play is one of the better smartphones we’ve reviewed in 2016. While it does lack the speed that a phone in this price range should have these days, one has to appreciate its incredible battery life. The camera is also quite good, matched only by the Asus Zenfone 3. Given that the Moto Z Play is faster (in real world performance) than the Zenfone 3, we would recommend this to camera-centric users looking for a phone under 25k. However, if you want no compromise, the OnePlus 3 remains a much better smartphone on overall terms.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 73%
80% Motorola Moto Z Play review
Source: Stuff TV English
We’re glad you can ignore the whole modular side, though - then you're left with a keenly-priced phone that lasts absolutely ages between charges. If your top priority is lasting all day regardless of what you get up, stop looking. You’ve found your next phone. The only thing holding the Z Play back from a full 5-star rating is the OnePlus 3. For slightly less cash, it gets you a prettier design, a more reliable camera and a lot more power. It doesn’t last as long off a charge though, so it only wins on a points decision rather than a straight knockout.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Moto Z Play review: Almost perfect
Source: Gadget Show English
The OnePlus 3 is arguably the closest rival of the Moto Z Play. However, the 'modular' design, gesture-based features and the ability to support microSD cards are all features that give the Z Play an edge. We quite appreciate the bold approach of Motorola and the fact that it implemented an idea that was just a concept only a few years ago. The Moto Z Play is a well-rounded and affordable mid-range device that sets a benchmark for the competition. How well and how soon the said competition responds to it, is something that remains to be seen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
82% Motorola Moto Z Play Droid review: An exceptional phone value that gets even better with MotoMods
Source: Android Guys English
Hats off to Lenovo for its first major line with the Moto brand. We really like the value of the Z Play Droid and think it makes for an excellent choice for most smartphone users. It does rely on MotoMods for its true, long-term value, but we're optimistic based on what we've seen so far. Sleek, sexy, and snappy, it's also affordable. Were it not for the pre-loaded suite of Verizon apps we would have scored the OS much higher; the Moto blend of Android is among our favorite. The Hasselblad True Zoom MotoMod is just a few tweaks away from being an outright must-have accessory. We like the optical zoom and added flexibility in shooting modes, but we'd like more control over a manual setting. Thicken it up a smidge at the bottom and put in a tripod mount and we're all over it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 90%
70% Moto Z Play Droid Review: Innovative and Everlastin
Source: Brighthand English
Motorola gives us hope the modular smartphone can work. It smartly implemented the feature with the Moto Z lineup, and then combined it with a world-class battery to make the Moto Z Play Droid a compelling smartphone. There’s plenty of competition in the $400 range, with the Moto Z Play Droid occupying a special niche with its innovative design. It’s definitely not “another boring smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
85% A battery beast
Source: CNet English
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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/24/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80%
80% Moto Z Play Droid Review
Source: Phone Arena English
The Moto Z Play Droid offers the most affordable ticket of entry yet into the world of Moto Mods expansion, supporting all the existing add-ons like the projector, speaker, and various battery packs, as well as the new Hasselblad True Zoom camera. If you liked the idea of all those when you first heard about the Moto Z, but weren't quite up for paying flagship prices for your new phone, the Moto Z Play is practically built for you. Even if we ignore all that modular-phone action, the Moto Z Play still represents a fantastic option for users looking to stretch battery life to its absolute limits. We've seen plenty of mid-3,000-mAh phones before, but few that push operational life into this well-above-twelve-hours space; and while the LG X Power might have killed things with its fifteen-hour run-time, the Moto Z Play offers a heck of a lot more phone than that bargain-basement model.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
The best 'modular' phone you can get, for whatever that's worth
Source: Android Police English
For the most part, I think Motorola made the right tweaks to the Moto Z Play to get the price down. The screen isn't the best, and the SoC gets a little overwhelmed by gaming. On the other hand, the fingerprint sensor is as good as the more expensive Z phones, and there's a headphone jack. Seriously, Motorola. What were you thinking removing that on a $700 phone?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/12/2016
80% A Very Long-Lasting Phablet
Source: Tom's Guide English
As a phone, the Moto Z Play is a good midway point between the ultra-thin Moto Droid and the powerful Moto Z Force. It performs well, has great battery life, and its camera is pretty good, too. I wish it had less bloatware, but that’s something endemic to most all Android phones. For $270 less (compared to the unlocked Moto Z Play), the OnePlus 3 offers much better performance, an all-metal design, but five hours less endurance. Ultimately, though, the Moto Z Play is a good phone that has the potential, through add-on Mods, to be a very good phone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Long-lasting, affordable, and modular too
Source: PC World English
I recommend you wait until the direct, carrier-unlocked version goes on sale in October and grab one of those, even if you're on Verizon's network. If you're on AT&T or T-Mobile, you might consider the international variant, which doesn't support CDMA (Sprint and Verizon) but does work with more GSM frequencies and LTE bands. You can avoid the carrier bloat and stand a better chance of getting more timely OS and security updates by buying the unlocked versions.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Long-lasting, affordable, and modular too
Source: Greenbot English
I recommend you wait until the direct, carrier-unlocked version goes on sale in October and grab one of those, even if you're on Verizon's network. If you're on AT&T or T-Mobile, you might consider the international variant, which doesn't support CDMA (Sprint and Verizon) but does work with more GSM frequencies and LTE bands. You can avoid the carrier bloat and stand a better chance of getting more timely OS and security updates by buying the unlocked versions.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Affordable, powerful, and modular
Source: Talk Android English
All things considered, the Moto Z Play Droid almost feels like the real successor to the Moto X line that we’ve all been waiting for. It’s not terribly expensive, costing around $400 on Verizon or $449 for the unlocked version, but it still supports Moto Mods and checks all the boxes that are really important. It performs well, the camera is good enough, and the battery life is stellar. Lenovo made trade-offs where it wouldn’t hurt too much, like the 1080p display instead of 1440p resolution, but nothing that really interferes with day-to-day usage.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/08/2016
Mid-Ranger with Massive Battery Life [Review]
Source: G Style Magazine English
At a price point of around $400 I expected this phone experience to be slightly different. But Motorola definitely knows how to make a mid-range smartphone without skimming or compromising too much integrity of the product itself. It takes decent pictures, has a clean and huge enough display, works with all moto mods, and has a killer battery life with it. I did use this a ton at Made in America this past weekend and im fairly impressed with it.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/06/2016
Hands-on with Motorola’s new mid-range modular phone
Source: PC Advisor English
It's also handy that when you connect a Moto Mod that has a battery in it (such as a PowerPack or the Insta-Share projector) a notification appears on screen with its battery level. The projector will continue running even when the battery is depleted as it will take power from the Moto Z Play.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/05/2016
Moto Z Play First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The Moto Z Play supports nano-SIM cards, and while Motorola has not specified whether India will receive the dual-SIM variant, we do expect this to be the case. There's also a fingerprint reader, a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers, a 3.5mm socket for audio, and a liquid-repellent nano-coating. Although India pricing has not been announced, we expect the phone to cost under Rs. 30,000.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/02/2016
Moto Z Play
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Moto Z Play is an affordable, stripped-down version of Motorola’s original semi-modular phone, and I can see it being a big hit in Europe. Since OnePlus made people realise you don’t have to break the bank to get a great smartphone, the mid-range market has boomed. If Motorola’s claims of a 50-hour battery life come anywhere close, and if the True Zoom add-on isn't too overpriced, this could be a truly compelling package.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2016
Moto Mods meet mega battery life
Source: Pocket Lint English
If longevity and affordability are high up your list, and you love the idea of buying into a modular phone, then the Motorola Moto Z Play might be the best access point into the Moto Mods family. And there's nothing stopping you putting the Incipio OffGrid power pack Mod onto to back too, for a phone that might last for, well, forever?
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/31/2016
Big in Features, Small In Price
Source: Ubergizmo English English
The Moto Z Play Droid is set to be available on September 8 exclusively on Verizon at first, then in the unlocked market. It’s too early to tell if other carriers will join. At a full price of ~$400, the phone seems to carry a good quality/price ratio, but we’ll need to run the numbers and compare it with other players in this field, including the OnePlus 3, and the Honor 8. This market is extremely competitive, and differentiation such as MotoMods could help Motorola distinguishing itself and get out from the “specs” game.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/31/2016
Moto Mods plus a headphone jack
Source: Computerworld.com English
The Moto Z Play Droid (the "Droid" designation indicates that it's a Verizon phone) will be available in the U.S. beginning September 8th. It's a solid and worthy phone that might be worth checking out, especially if you want to take advantage of Motorola's interesting Moto Mods (which can be found on Motorola's site).
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/31/2016
85% The modular mid-ranger with a battery life like no other
Source: Android Authority English
Despite its mid-range moniker, the Moto Z Play Droid goes toe-to-toe with the best out there in some key areas. With outstanding battery life, Moto Mod compatibility, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a solid camera, you won't be making too many sacrifices if you choose to go with the latest from Lenovo.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Moto Z Play Droid unboxing and first impressions
Source: Android Guys English
The phone comes with an internal, non-removable 3,510mAh battery. We’ve found that it lasts us well beyond two full days of use but we’re not using it as a daily driver just yet. Additionally, we’ve yet to load all of our apps and accounts to the handset so we do expect to see it drop. Charging is super fast, for what it’s worth, thanks to the TurboPower cable. According to Motorola, spending 15 minutes on the charger will result in 10 hours of power.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/31/2016

Foreign Reviews

Motorola Moto Z mit angedocktem Zusatzakku
Source: RP-Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/04/2016
Der Preiswerte Mod-Träger Mit Dickem Akku
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2016
Moto Z Play die modulare Flunder im Hands-on
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2016
Motorola Moto Z Play, lo hemos probado
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Long battery life; nice design; good speakers; support extended projector; decent cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/19/2016
Recensione Moto Z Play: lo smartphone per chi usa lo smartphone
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Long battery life; decent hardware; dual cameras; good sound; solid workmanship. Negative: Inflexible fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/19/2016
Moto Z Play Prima Recensione: Lenovo Supera I Suoi Avversari
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Good design; decent hardware. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/07/2016
84% Test : Moto Z Play, dans le top 3 des smartphones les plus endurants
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 100%
80% Test Du Lenovo Moto Z Play : Le Smartphone Très Très Endurant
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Premier Test Du Moto Z Play : Lenovo Est Devant Ses Concurrents
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Positive: Good design; impressive cameras; support fast charging technology.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/03/2016
80% TEST Motorola Moto Z Play
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Qualcomm Adreno 506: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 625 SoC and based on the new 500-series architecture with support for Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2) and UBWC. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
625: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cpu cores at up to 2 GHz, an Adreno 506 GPU, a DDR3L-1866 memory controller and a X9 LTE (Cat 7) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.5":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.165 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Motorola: The original company Motorola Inc was split in 2011. Motorola Mobility got the smartphone range and was taken over by Google in 2012 and by Lenovo in 2014. The Motorola smartphone brand continues for the time being. There are still a lot of reviews on Motorola Mobiles with average ratings.
81.36%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2016-09-14)