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Lenovo Moto Z Play

Specifications

Lenovo Moto Z Play
Lenovo Moto Z Play (Moto Z Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
, LPDDR3
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 401 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 23.1 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 2 TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, Hall, proximity sensor, magenetometer, audio monitor, gyroscope, USB OTG, Moto Mods
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), 4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 19, 20, 28), SAR head (GSM/WDCMA/LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth): 0.396 W/kg, SAR body (LTE band 8, WiFi, Bluetooth): 1.4 W/kg , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7 x 156.4 x 76.4 ( = 0.28 x 6.16 x 3.01 in)
Battery
13.3 Wh, 3510 mAh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 50 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix (autofocus f/2.0, 2160p video @ 30 fps)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix (fix-focus f/2.2, 1080p video @ 30 fps)
Additional features
Speakers: front-sided mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, power supply, SIM slot tool, Style Shell Nylon, Moto-App, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 97 g ( = 3.42 oz / 0.21 pounds)
Price
449 Euro

 

Average Score: 82.21% - good
Average of 52 scores (from 93 reviews)
price: 74%, performance: 78%, features: 80%, display: 84% mobility: 93%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Lenovo Moto Z Play

87.7% Lenovo Moto Z Play Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The superior Z? As the cheaper sibling of the Moto Z flagship smartphone, the Moto Z Play can also be expanded via Moto Mods. As well as a larger battery, it is also equipped with a higher resolution primary camera at a much lower price. Our test reveals which features it does not have.
80% Moto Z Play review
Source: Techradar English
The Moto Z Play is meant to play, as is made clear by its headphone jack and long-lasting battery – and everyone is invited thanks to its cheaper price. Just don't expect stellar performance from the chipset or camera on this thicker Moto Z variant.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Motorola Moto Z Play
Source: Tech Smart English
As a premium mid-range device, the Moto Z Play is a tad underpowered, with other lesser priced offerings producing a similar smartphone experience. If, however, you add the Moto Mod system into the mix, the Moto Z Play begins to show its worth.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/02/2017
86% Moto Z Play – Review. “Hello Moto!”
Source: Cool Smartphone English
I was lucky enough to have the Moto Z Play in my hands to review for a good few weeks to make sure I was able to get the most from it, as well as the mods that came included.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 86% display: 85% mobility: 85%
80% Motorola Moto Z Play review: Unbeatable battery life bettered by Mods
Source: Pocket Lint English
It's big, fast, and lasts a full day without even breaking a sweat, which makes the Moto Z Play one of the best options for people wanting a phone with seemingly never-ending battery life. The Incipio Mod attachment takes battery to the next next level too.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Moto Z Play review – Good clean Android fun costs a lot
Source: Htxt Africa English
The mods are exciting, the performance is on par with mid-range smartphones but the Moto Z Play's price is overly inflated because you can add those awesome mods. We do love vanilla Android but not enough to pay premium prices for mid-range specs. It's a good handset but it costs too much.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
75% Moto Z Play review: A decent package backed by monstrous battery life
Source: Hardware Zone English
The Moto Z Play is a decent option if you’re looking for a sub-S$700 mid-range alternative. Modules aside, it packs a decent mid-range processing subsystem that outclasses its peers with older processors, while giving its flagship Snapdragon 820 brother a run for its money. It packs an impressive battery life – a core feature for just about any smartphone user pushing long hours of work, every day. Besides decent specs and battery life, you’ll also find other expected features for its class – be it a fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, a bright display, a functional camera, and the list goes on.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 60% performance: 75% workmanship: 80%
80% Moto Z Play Review: A role model for the HTC U Play
Source: KL Gadget Guy English
Coming from the perspective of a diehard HTC fan, the Moto Z Play is what the HTC U Play should have been when it comes to hardware and features, Lenovo has definitely maintained Moto's reputation well by ensuring a stock Android experience while delivering the latest Android software update without much delay, the benefit of sharing the Moto Mods with the Z Play's flagship brother is a very commendable effort. Unfortunately, the Moto Z Play's asking price of RM1,799 is a shame considering that the phone alone doesn’t have any attractive selling point, apart from being a rock solid performing device, buying the Moto Mods will also cost you a fortune and doesn't guarantee support for future Moto devices. However, if you prefer an alternative to the Google Pixel or the Nexus 6P for pure Android software, the Moto Z Play should be in your consideration.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
80% Lenovo Moto Z Play Review
Source: Phone World English
Moto z Play is the latest device with many advance features such as moto-moods which can serve you in many purposes like extra camera lens, projector display and many more. It has 32GB ROM and 3GB RAM while camera has 16MP and 5MP lens with many other big features. It has good price value according to its features and it can give tough time to its competitors easily because of its stylish design and new features.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
Moto Z Play Review
Source: Toptenreviews English
The Moto Z Play is a strange phone to assess. It has the same bold innovation as the Moto Z, but its extra chunkiness makes it inherently less appealing. It’s considerably slower, too. Then again, it has amazing battery life and a 3.5mm headphone jack – both of which the Moto Z lacks. Nonetheless, the Moto Z Play is both more expensive than the OnePlus 3 and a poorer performer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/18/2017
Moto Z Play quick review – a multi-faceted smartphone
Source: Laptop Media English
Moto Z Play is not a high-end smartphone but it definitely sits in the mid-range. This can be clearly seen at first sight when you spot the metal frame and elegant glass back, which attracts fingerprints though. The latter can be escaped if you add a Moto module, be it just a different panel or one with JBL speakers or mini projector. It is namely this option of adding various modules that is the main highlight in the entire Moto Z lineup, and it definitely appealed to us – the way you attach and detach the modules as well as the way they operate.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/31/2016
Moto Z Play review
Source: GSM Arena English
It is hard not to have mixed feelings for the Moto Z Play and for that matter, most new Moto offers. On the one hand, we're talking the legendary manufacturer (albeit now under Lenovo management) that many people still tend to trust for quality and reliability. Plus, in the new Vanilla Android world, where Google is no longer a distant overseer, looking down on its followers and guiding them, but rather an active market player in the big leagues, Motorola is still a go-to choice for a good AOSP experience.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/23/2016
90% Moto Z Play Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
The Moto Z Play is a great affordable mid-range mobile which boasts particularly strong battery life, plus strong media chops and the unique Moto Mods expandability. Of course, Moto Mods are still far from an essential feature, and we’re yet to see if Lenovo will support this modular functionality for the long haul. But even if not, the Moto Z Play should please users with its general all-round appeal.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
70% Moto Z Play review: Die another day
Source: India Today English
Only if you're looking to buy a Moto phone with outstanding battery life and some modularity along the way (for cheap). For everybody else, the Moto X Play - even though it is one year old now -- still remains to be a fantastic all-rounder and recommended buy. If however you're looking to overlook all the Moto aspects (stock Android and timely updates) that come as part and parcel with the Moto Z Play (or the Moto X Play, for that matter) there are more powerful phones in the market at under Rs 30,000 right now. The OnePlus 3T and the Nubia Z11 are a few of them. The Asus ZenFone 3, meanwhile, is a recommended buy if you're looking to buy a phone that you can flaunt. It has a fantastic camera, too, by the way.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Moto Z and Moto Z Play Review: Two Distinctly Different Moto Mod Approaches
Source: Androidcommunity.com English
The Moto Z flagship is another story, as it has the horsepower, the style, and the pricing to hang with the big boys on the block. Throw in the Moto Mods and you’ve got a competitive phone that also has access to a still-developing spectrum of fun and useful accessories, gear that Lenovo has pledged will remain compatible with the next generation Moto Z as well. If you plan on keeping your phone for the next few years, and are intrigued by the promise of Moto Mods, the Z is definitely worth a hard look. Even if the Mods aren’t your thing, this incredibly thin phone might be the right fit for your ultra-mobile lifestyle.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 12/15/2016
Lenovo Moto Z Play in-depth review - Watch me work
Source: Mobile Choice English
When it comes to smartphones, the word "modular" conjures up thoughts of Google's Project Ara - a futuristic take on what a smartphone could be. Not long after LG had a stab at mainstream modularity with the LG G5, Moto presented their vision with the Moto Z family.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/21/2016
85% Moto Z Play review: Buy it for the battery life
Source: Engadget English
The Moto Z Play isn’t exactly a steal at $449, but its combination of great build quality, decent performance and excellent battery life make it one of the most exciting mid-range smartphones of the year. It’s still a long way from perfection, though -- gamers will lament its lack of extra horsepower, and there are better cameras out there (for less money, even).
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 85%
82% Moto Z Play Review
Source: Techniqued English
Moto Z Play is priced Rs 24,999 and should I buy one? We would say yes. While the Z Play isn’t the best device when you look at the specs, it provides an all-round experience with good build, display, stock Android, good performance and exceptional battery life. The only area where we feel Moto Z Play was a bit disappointment was the camera performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 80% performance: 85% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
80% Moto Z Play review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The small-hand-friendly Sony Xperia X Compact is another tempting option, although its ugly design and slightly higher price put us off when we reviewed it earlier in the year.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 70%
80% Moto Z Play Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The Moto Z Play does have one party trick that no other phone in this segment can match and that’s its support for Moto Mods. There’s a decent selection to begin with and if you plan on investing in this ecosystem, then the Moto Z Play is the least expensive way to do so.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80%
Moto Z Play Review: 8-Cores And Insane Battery Life
Source: Hot Hardware English
In the end, the Moto Z Play is a very well positioned phone for general consumers who just want their smartphone to work and power users who can get the most out of Moto Mods, alike. For that, we gladly give this phone a hearty recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/21/2016
Moto Z Play Review
Source: Fone Arena English
The Moto Z Play is impressive. It is one of the best value for money handsets on the market up there with the OnePlus 3. The modular platform is quite innovative and more than that it allowed Lenovo to bring down the manufacturing cost of the smartphone which in turn reduces the price paid by the customer.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/21/2016
96% Moto Z/Moto Z Play review: Innovation in a stagnant field
Source: Techaeris English
If you’re looking for a smartphone that’s versatile, has decent battery life, and has options to “mod” your phone, the Moto Z and Moto Z Play are definitely a pair of smartphones which shine in a field that has become relatively stagnant over the past couple years. I REALLY hope that the Moto Mods system takes off and sticks around for a few years because I can really see the potential for such a system.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 96% price: 90% performance: 100% display: 100% mobility: 90% workmanship: 95%
Moto Z Play review: More than enough battery to power the modular future
Source: Mobile Syrup English
In case that wasn’t enough, it also retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. But while, in that respect, the Moto Z Play leaves one foot comfortably in the present, it also straddles the future with the addition of modularity. It is both groundbreaking and user-friendly, an immensely difficult mixture of qualities for any smartphone to attain, and one that makes the Moto Z Play one of the most superior smartphone choices on the market today.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/03/2016
83% Moto Z Play review: the best battery life
Source: The Verge English
Even with those caveats, I’m still a big fan of the Moto Z Play. Especially for $400! It’s bound to be overshadowed by the new iPhones, the ongoing Note crisis, and Google’s upcoming Pixel phones. And that’s a shame, really. Looking at this series alone, I think buying the ultra-thin Moto Z or toughened Moto Z Force over the Z Play would be a mistake. If you’re tired of being tethered to a phone charger or battery pack, the Moto Z Play is probably the phone for you. It’s nowhere close to perfect. But frankly, a phone that really lasts two entire days doesn’t need to be.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
Moto Z Play Review
Source: Droid-Life English
Of course, the camera isn’t going to win any awards, the design might turn some away, and the Verizon exclusivity is a downer. It’s not a perfect phone. At $400, though, I think it certainly should be proudly in the conversation of mid-tier phones. Oh and Moto Mods. Yeah it does those too, if that’s your thing.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/23/2016

Foreign Reviews

77% Lenovo MOTO Z Play
Source: Chinahandys.net German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
80% Moto Z Play Im Test - Teil 3: Jbl Soundboost
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
91% Lenovo Moto Z Play Dual-SIM
Source: Connect - 2/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 91%
Revolution oder Lenovo-Flop?
Source: Area DVD German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/06/2017
Lenovo Moto Z Play
Source: Android Pit - 2/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2017
96% Lenovo Moto Z Play
Source: Smartphone Magazin - 2/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 96%
60% Moto Z Play Im Test - Teil 2: Insta-Share Projector
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Moto Z Play Im Ausführlichen Praxistest - Teil 1
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
91% Lenovo Moto Z Play
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 100% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 95%
80% Modular erweiterbares Akkuwunder
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/23/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 70%
Lenovo Moto Z Play Dual-SIM
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 1/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2016
Moto Z Play
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2016
Dicker Akku, mächtige Mods
Source: n-tv German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/26/2016
Lenovo Moto Z Play Dual-SIM
Source: c't - Heft 22/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/15/2016
Spiel mit mir, so lange du willst
Source: Computerbase German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 10/14/2016
So muss ein Smartphone mit Modulen aussehen!
Source: Golem German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 10/10/2016
Das Akku-Monster
Source: Billiger-telefonieren.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/05/2016
86% Längste Laufzeit oder Power-Prozessor?
Source: Verivox German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 86% features: 94% ergonomy: 83%
83% Moto Z Play, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
84% Moto Z Play Review En Español. Batería, Batería, Batería. (Video)
Source: Arturogoga Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/05/2016
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80%
90% Moto Z Play, análisis: un gama media con complejo de superioridad
Source: Andro 4 All Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Moto Z Play, Ventajas y Desventajas detalladas
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; excellent display; powerful processor; long battery life; quick charge. Negative: Poor cameras; uncomfortable Moto Mods.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/26/2017
IFA 2016: Moto Z Play, buen diseño y buenas prestaciones
Source: Media Trends Spanish ES→EN
Positive: High performance; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/04/2016
5 motivos para NÃO comprar o Moto Z Play
Source: Canaltech Portuegese PT→EN
Negative: High price; unsupport waterproof; poor cameras; average speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/08/2016
5 motivos para COMPRAR o Moto Z Play
Source: Canaltech Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Long battery life; excellent AMOLED screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/08/2016
5 motivos para NÃO comprar o Moto Z Play
Source: Canaltech Portuegese PT→EN
Negative: High price; unsupport waterproof; poor cameras; average speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/08/2016
5 motivos para COMPRAR o Moto Z Play
Source: Canaltech Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Long battery life; excellent AMOLED screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/08/2016
79% Lenovo Moto Z Play – Recensione
Source: Geek 4 You Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 79%
78% Recensione Moto Z Play + Moto Mods JBL by Harman
Source: Esperienza Mobile Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 75% mobility: 95% workmanship: 70%
Recensione Lenovo Moto Z Play by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/28/2016
Rating: price: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 90%
Smartphone Motorola Moto Z Play - Recensione Caratteristiche Prezzo
Source: Smartphone e tablet android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/08/2016
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 70%
77% Lenovo Moto Z Play, recensione del top di gamma cinese
Source: Tecnoandroid.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 55% features: 85% workmanship: 90%
86% Recensione Moto Z Play | Lui Può Tutto
Source: Techzilla.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 85% performance: 90% mobility: 95% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85%
86% Recensione Moto Z Play | Lui Può Tutto
Source: Techzilla.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 85% performance: 90% mobility: 95% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85%
86% Recensione Lenovo Moto Z Play
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/26/2016
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 70% features: 80% display: 85% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 85%
80% Lenovo Moto Z Play Recensione: Un Osso Duro
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Recensione Lenovo Moto Z Play: un tipo tosto
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 90% features: 75% display: 84% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 72%
80% Recensione Lenovo Moto Z Play: una voce fuori dal coro
Source: Chimera Revo Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 75% features: 75% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
86% Lenovo Moto Z play e mods proiettore Recensione
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 78% mobility: 95% workmanship: 74%
Recensione Lenovo Moto Z Play
Source: Wiz Blog Italian IT→EN
Positive: Decent cameras; high autonomy; quick charge. Negative: Unsupport USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/26/2016
Lenovo Moto Z Play, la nostra prova dello smartphone con i Mods
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN
Positive: High autonomy; decent display. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/19/2016
Lenovo Moto Z Play con Hasselblad True Zoom, la recensione
Source: Panorama Italian IT→EN
Positive: Good cameras; long battery life; good price; decent display. Negative: Average hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/13/2016
80% Lenovo Moto Z Play - Modulaire middenklasser met lange adem
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Review: Lenovo Moto Z Play
Source: GadgetGear.nl Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Test du Lenovo Moto Z Play : une grande batterie et peu de compromis
Source: Clubic French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 70%
80% Test Lenovo Moto Z Play
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Test Du Lenovo Moto Z Play : Autonome Et Modulable Mais Inconfortable
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 100% workmanship: 50%
Test du Lenovo Moto Z Play : vous avez dit modulaire?
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN
Positive: Excellent display; high autonomy; smart Moto Mods. Negative: Uncomfortable buttons.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/06/2017
86% Recenzja Lenovo Moto Z Play – Smartfona, Który Przekonał Mnie Do Siebie Bardziej Od Flagowego Moto Z
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 90%
88% Test, recenzja, opinia – Lenovo Moto Z Play i projektor Moto Insta-Share Projector – czegoś TAKIEGO jeszcze nie było!
Source: 90 Sekund Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 88% features: 100% mobility: 100% workmanship: 90%
Weekend bez ładowarki z Lenovo Moto Z Play i Incipio Offgrid Powerpack
Source: Spiders Web Turkish PL→EN
Positive: High autonomy; good display. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/23/2016
[Recenzja] Lenovo Moto Z Play powinien być hitem – testujemy reprezentanta najlepszej modułowej serii smartfonów
Source: Android.com.pl Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Long battery life. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/14/2016
Nawet Lenovo nie wie, jakie to jest dobre! Moto Z Play - recenzja Spider's Web
Source: Spiders Web Turkish PL→EN
Positive: High autonomy; excellent display. Negative: Relatively high price; poor cameras; average speakers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/30/2016
Lenovo Moto Z Play – test modułowego długodystansowca
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Good price; long battery life; decent cameras; AMOLED display. Negative: Uncomfortable home button; relatively thick and heavy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/04/2016
84% Moto Z Play İncelemesi
Source: Chip Online TR TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 84%
Обзор Moto Z Play: хорошее железо и сомнительный дизайн5
Source: AndroidInsider.ru RU→EN
Positive: Good built quality; nice display; long battery life. Negative: Mediocre connection.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/09/2017
Обзор смартфона Lenovo Moto Z Play: долгожитель с "прикладными" добавками
Source: Hitech Vesti RU→EN
Positive: High autonomy; waterproof; fast charge; dual sim and microSD slot. Negative: Low performance; high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/18/2017
Тест-обзор смартфона Moto Z Play
Source: Yamobi RU→EN
Positive: Excellent screen; dual sim; long battery life. Negative: High price; poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/22/2016
Обзор смартфона Moto Z Play. Вся соль в модулях
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Decent cameras; high autonomy; fast charge.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/07/2016
70% Recenze: Lenovo Moto Z Play + Moto Mods: smartphone, co si chce hrát
Source: Smartfoun.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 60% display: 90% mobility: 90%
Đánh giá Moto Z Play: thú vị hơn nhiều với phụ kiện Moto Mods
Source: VNReview VN→EN
Positive: Decent performance; long battery life; smart Moto Mods. Negative: Poor cameras in low light; uncomfortable fingerprint reader.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/11/2016
Review Smartphone Android Moto Z Play
Source: Jagat Review ID→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; excellent display; high autonomy; fast charge. Negative: Weak connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/06/2017
Preview Moto Z Play: Baterai Luar Biasa
Source: Jagat Review ID→EN
Positive: Nice design; high performance. Negative: High price; poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/25/2017
76% Moto Z Play i test
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 76% features: 80%
90% Moto Z Play: Snygg, smart och grym batteritid
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
86% RECENZIA Moto Z Play: Špičkový smartfón, ktorému (takmer) niet čo vytknúť
Source: Android Portal SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 86% display: 90% workmanship: 70%
85% Lenovo Moto Z Play: Hráč s excelentnou výdržou | RECENZIA
Source: Moj Android SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 78% display: 86% mobility: 99% workmanship: 80%
84% Moto Z Play – stredná trieda s podporou Moto Mods
Source: Techbox SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 84%

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Model: As Lenovo completes its takeover of Motorola, it is interesting to see what becomes of the Moto Z line-up of phones. The Moto Z Play is the third addition to the Moto Z family. It stands out as the one with the strongest battery life whereby it is claimed to be able to last for up to two days on a single charge. This in combination with the fact that the Moto Z Play is also dubbed ‘the budget smartphone’, it is unsurprising that it has commanded much attention lately. At first glance, it is also the thickest and chunkiest model in the Moto Z lineup. Its dimensions measure at 156.4 x 76.4 x 7 mm and it weighs 165 g. Notwithstanding its budget factor, this smartphone is covered with a coating which renders it splash- and dust-resistant but there are no official dust and water resistant certification ratings. However, one sore point on its design is the MotoMod accessory connector pins, which are located near the bottom of the phone’s backside. Perhaps it is one way by to drive users to enhance the Moto Z Play to be customized with it MotoMod’s modular accessories; otherwise it can still be concealed with a casing.

Its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen supports up to 16M colors and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which is great for a budget smartphone. Another premium feature on this smartphone is the fingerprint sensor fitted on the spot where home buttons are commonly found. The camera is way above average as it is fitted with a 16 MP sensor with f/2 aperture, laser/phase detect autofocus, as well as 4K video recording on board. Under the hood, the Moto Z Play is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 CPU, which is the only component in this phone that suggests it is not a high-end flagship device. That being said, it is definitely capable of multitasking and fast every day performance; yet there is a noticeable lag in running graphic intensive games. In terms of connectivity, it is both WiFi and Bluetooth enabled as well as being NFC-compliant.

Based on precedents, it remains unknown how committed Lenovo is in ensuring software updates for this smartphone. At present, its runs on Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) with a planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat). Unlike its predecessors, the Moto Z Play is built-in with a headphone jack (which it seems is not yet obsolete). A USB Type-C port is located beside the jack. The Moto Z Play ships in both single- and dual-sim variants. Overall, the Moto Z Play feels like a premium smartphone with budget price. Its strong battery life will remain its key feature but it falls back in the design department.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

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.


Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.

In 2011, Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer, owned the majority of the company. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.

From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.


82.21%: 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, 2016-10-10 (Update: 2016-10-10)