Motorola moto z2 play 64gb

Moto Z2 Play review

Lenovo and Motorola brought their modular functionality concept to the mid-range with the Moto Z Play last year. This device was one of our favorite value smartphones of 2016, and now its successor, the Moto Z2 Play, features some key improvements and even more Moto Mod accessories.

However, Motorola seems to have made a few compromises this time around. The Z2 Play has a much smaller battery than before, and also went up in price. Will this be another home run like the original Z Play, or did the company make too many compromises? Find out, in our full Moto Z2 Play review!


Motorola didn’t set out to redefine the Moto Z line this year. Instead, the company introduced a handful minute, yet notable changes to the Z2 Play from its predecessor. That’s especially true on the design front.

One of the most noticeable changes in terms of design is the fact that the Z2 Play is 1 mm thinner than its predecessor, giving it a much better in-hand feel. It also features a metal back plate this time around, which is a huge improvement over the fingerprint-prone glass back of the Moto Z Play.

Motorola can’t really mess with the design too much with the Moto Z line, and that’s because it wants to make all its smartphones compatible with Moto Mods. We probably won’t see a drastic redesign of the Moto Z lineup for a few years.

We won't see a drastic redesign of the Moto Z lineup for a few years

A handful of new Moto Mods were released alongside the Moto Z2 Play, and they all fit and work perfectly with this new device, as well as with the Moto Z Play, Moto Z, and Moto Z Force. In fact, Motorola is guaranteeing Moto Mod compatibility for up to three years, so you don’t have to worry about older Mods becoming unusable with every new iteration of the phone.


The Moto Z2 Play comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, resulting in a pixel density of 401 ppi. As expected from an AMOLED screen, you get to enjoy vibrant colors and deep blacks, as well as great viewing angles.

However, the display doesn’t get very bright, which makes it difficult to read under direct sunlight even with the brightness set to maximum.


Under the hood, you’ll find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 Mobile Platform, backed by the Adreno 506 GPU and either 3 or 4 GB of RAM. This Verizon version of the device is the 3 GB model, which is what I’ve been using for the past week.

While the Moto Z2 Play drops frames on occasion, it's not something that happens too often

The phone performs well with general everyday tasks such as browsing the web, reading emails, and checking social media. However, it does tend to drop frames on occasion when playing graphic-intensive games. That’s not something you will notice very often though, since the experience is very smooth for the most part. I never found the infrequent dropped frame to be much of a distraction.


With the Z2 Play, you have the option to choose either 32 or 64 GB of onboard storage, which also dictates the amount of RAM. If you are worried about storage, the good news is that expandable storage via microSD card is available for up to an additional 256 GB.

You won’t find a whole lot of bells and whistles with the Moto Z2 Play, as it is, after all, a mid-range smartphone. There’s no IP certification for resistance to the elements, but Motorola does, as always, include a nano coating that is water repellent and provides some form of splash protection.

There's only a single speaker embedded in the earpiece, which means the audio experience isn't great

The audio experience is also unfortunately not that great with there being only a single speaker unit embedded in the earpiece. While I do appreciate that it is a front-facing speaker, it doesn’t get very loud and its location results in a very lopsided listening experience when you are watching videos or playing games in landscape orientation. Of course, a great way to enhance the audio experience is to get your hands on the JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod.

The fingerprint sensor has been redesigned with the same oval shape that was first introduced earlier this year with the Moto G5 Plus, and it works great at unlocking the phone with reliability and speed. In addition, you can use various gestures on the scanner to move around the user interface instead of the on-screen navigation keys. This is a great way to maximize the display real estate, but there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using one button for everything.

Even with the phone being a millimeter thinner than its predecessor, there was still enough room for Motorola to include a headphone jack. This design choice did result in another compromise though, with the battery capacity being reduced to 3,000 mAh from the 3,510 mAh unit that was available with the original Z Play.

As a result, the Z2 Play isn’t going to provide the two full days of battery life that was possible with the Z Play. However, it can still last at least a day and a half, which is definitely well above average and more than what you typically get with most current generation Android smartphones. Even with heavy usage, it was never a struggle to get a full day of use with this phone, and most of my days ended with 25 to 40% of battery still remaining.

If battery life was a concern to you, it certainly will not be with the Moto Z2 Play. When you do have to plug the device in to charge, Motorola’s Turbo Power charging allows for the phone to be charged up to 50% after just 30 minutes.


Another improvement that Motorola has made with the Moto Z2 Play is in the camera department. The number of pixels has been reduced this time around to 12 MP in favor of larger pixels, and the camera now features a lens with a much wider f/1.7 aperture.

The camera is slower to a capture in low light situations especially when using HDR

This certainly helps with creating brighter images in low light conditions, but the camera still has to resort to the slowest shutter speed possible which can result in a lot of noise. The camera is slower to a capture in low light situations especially when using HDR, and without optical image stabilization, don’t expect the photos to have much sharpness or detail. Colors are also very washed out, and highlights are overblown with a lot of lens flares.

Photos captured in good lighting conditions are certainly better and feature more accurate color reproduction and detail. However, images still lack sharpness, and properly exposed highlights are just as problematic here as they are in low light. Overall, camera performance is sufficient, but is unfortunately not very close to competing with the expensive flagships out there.

The front-facing camera remains unchanged from what was available with its predecessor. The 5 MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture and front-facing LED flash does a decent job when it comes to taking selfies. While the front flash does well to illuminate your face without being too harsh, it does cause a lot of detail to get crushed in the background, almost to a point where you might be better off not using it.


On the software side of things, the Moto Z2 Play is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. What I love about Motorola’s software is that everything is kept very close to vanilla Android, with only a few software tweaks added that further enhance the experience.

You still get all of Motorola’s software additions like the double chop to turn on the flashlight, wrist twist to launch the camera, and the ever-so-useful battery-friendly notifications that fade in and out with Moto Display. Of course, if you get the Verizon version of the device, you will have to deal their entire suite of bloatware applications as well as a few other pre-installed third-party apps like NFL Mobile and Slacker Radio. That won’t be a problem with the unlocked model when it is released.


 Moto Z2 Play
Display5.5-inch Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 resolution

401 ppi

Processor2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
GPUAdreno 506
Storage32/64 GB
MicroSDYes, up to 2 TB UHS-I
CamerasRear: 12 MP Dual Autofocus Pixel sensor, 1.4 μm, ƒ/1.7 aperture, laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash

Front: 5MP sensor, 1.4 μm, ƒ/2.2 aperture, wide-angle lens

Battery3,000 mAh Non removable

TurboPower charging for up to 8 hours of use in 15 minutes (50% charge in 30 minutes)

Water resistanceWater repellant nano-coating
ConnectivityMoto Mods connector USB Type-C port with USB 3.1 support 3.5 mm headset port Bluetooth 4.2 LE + EDR Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz


SensorsFingerprint sensor Accelerometer Ambient light Gyroscope Magnetometer Proximity


NetworkCDMA (850, 1900 MHz) 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, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 41, 66)

SoftwareAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Dimensions and weight76.2 x 156.2 x 5.99 mm 145 g

The Moto Z2 Play is currently a Verizon exclusive, and if you buy it by July 26, the JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod is included for free. If you are not on Verizon, there is an unlocked version that will be available later this summer, priced at $500. That is a $50 hike when compared to its predecessor, and is definitely a steep ask considering that it’s a mid-range device.

At this price point, the OnePlus 5 is a fantastic and more powerful alternative than the Z2 Play, and is certainly a better purchase when comparing the phones themselves. But your buying decision will likely boil down to one main factor: how much you need Moto Mods. If you are already invested in the Moto Mods ecosystem and have them from a previous Moto Z device, it wouldn’t make much sense to switch to another smartphone that doesn’t support them.

Your buying decision will likely boil down to one main factor: how much you need Moto Mods

Moto Mods aren’t exactly cheap, however, and there are cheaper third-party accessories that offer similar functionality and are compatible with all devices. Granted, there is nothing as sleek or unique as Moto Mods, but in the end, what you are essentially paying for is the convenience factor.

The Moto Z2 Play is not a bad smartphone by any stretch of the imagination. However, to truly make it worth your while, you will need to spend your money on more than just the phone itself.

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Phone has long battery life, smooth power, and gorgeous visuals on a big IPS1HD(High Definition) screen. Motorola Moto Z2 Play smartphone was launched in August 2017.

Main Features

  Display   5.5 inches
  Processor   Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  Camera   Front 5 MP, Back 12 MP
  Resolution   1080 x 1920 pixels
  RAM   3 GB ,4 GB
  OS   Android 7.1.1
  Storage   32 GB ,64 GB
 Battrey   3000 mAh

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Pro’s and Con’s

Advantages Disadvantages
Dual-tone front LED flash Disappointing battery life
Runs stock Android Nougat Ugly camera bump

Full Specifications


Release date 2017, June
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000 mAh
Removable battery No
Form factor Touchscreen
Weight (g) 145 g
Dimensions (mm) 156.2 x 76.2 x 6 mm
Colours Lunar Gray, Fine Gold, Nimbus Blue
SAR value NA


Screen size (inches) 5.5 inches
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Processor Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
RAM 3 GB ,4 GB
Processor make Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626
Expandable storage Yes
Internal storage 32 GB ,64 GB
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 GB


Operating System Android 7.1.1
Skin NA


Flash  Yes
Rear camera 12 MP
Front camera 5 MP


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Motorola Moto Z2 Play - user opinions and reviews


Gambus, 20 Oct 2018I ned help please,I just got moto z2 play from China(Chinese version ) with global ROM. I have... moreHave the same thing going on with my phone. Idk why it does that, but I've read there are two theories: 1. The front speaker could be broken or it's acting up. 2. When you put the phone to charge, the notification light does that, meaning that the secret notification light has been activated.

Wish there was some more info involving this situation.


I ned help please,I just got moto z2 play from China(Chinese version ) with global ROM. I have white light constantly on(beside front camera) light never go off when phone is power off..really confusing


How long does the battery last? Good or bad?


Anonymous, 28 Aug 2018Moto Z2 Play or G6 Plus, especially in terms of camera quality, what do you think???Dont u think that this phone has a superamoled and it is better than the Samsung note 8 bcs i compared it. Only the camera in samsung is good bcs it has great night camera but other than that everything in the Samsung wont be better when we talk about z series performance os too good the display clarity is mind blowing i am a fan of moto bcs they have a best hardware i am a Mobile tech too and i sujest ppl to buy a phone that can withstand water, sudden fall, a fast superb gaming experience, a great theater fr u with ear phones only not with stock speaker it is good, and thn the camera its k it is fine,it also has the great stylish look that no one can provide with this quality, i had a z play a x force a g4 plus and i was really into moto from 2015 that was my first purchase of moto and till now i sujested 50 moto's and they bought it and they loved it and this is a brand that only design shatter sheild phones in this price range it's great but i dont understand why people still buy Chinese phone ur getting a moto fr 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 even z2 play 9999 great.....


Bought this phone in early October 2017. It's a pretty good phone, but it's not without flaws. Of which I really only know two. First thing is the fingerprint scanner. I don't know if it's the scanner or just the slow, laggy processor, but this phone has a LOT of issues unlocking the screen with the fingerprint scanner easily. Not to say it WON'T unlock, but it's a headache a LOT. The fingerprint scanner is just really, really, really, really slow to respond when you need it to be fast. Pull it out of your pocket and try to unlock it and it's gonna take a good 4 seconds to register your fingerprint. Otherwise it's going to revert to the swipe pattern as backup. I honestly have no idea what the problem is, but the scanner is often really effing slow to respond. Extremely frustrating.

The 2nd issue is the battery. I have a Moto Mod battery on the back, and I charge it wirelessly every night. About a week before the warranty is to end, the battery has begun to bloat/swell and it's pushing the screen of the phone away from the back of it. I know bloat is not uncommon for smartphone batteries, but this is happening inside of a year. I'm not sure if I'll be getting another Motorola phone. It's a shame because I love having ridiculous battery life (combined with the mod). I like how if the battery gets degraded, you can just swap a $30 Mod on and have about the same battery capacity again. If the OEM battery were user-replaceable, I could easily forgive the laggy responding sensors.


I bought it yesterday and installed all available updates: I observed, for 1st year motorola given monthly updates. After 1 year they kept this handset in quarterly update cycle. Now its running Oreo with August security patch. Battery life & screen & speed are awesome. Sound amplification is also too good. Speaker volume is 8/10. Camera 6/10. It will recieve 9.0 version for sure. But after 9.0 update, i think there wont be any software support further. Not even quarterly security patches.

Still at 12k this is the best viable option.


Ljlj, 23 Jul 2018Is it worth to buy new moto z2 play now for 12.5k INR/(approx 180$). What chance it would be e... moreIt's a steal in 12k.

Go for it.


This is by far, the worst phone I've ever had. It's been replaced, & this is no better. You can hardly hear the volumn, all the way up, even with speaker on. It's always just stopping, the only good thing about this phone is the battery


Anonymous, 28 Aug 2018Moto Z2 Play or G6 Plus, especially in terms of camera quality, what do you think???i have seen that the g6 plus has the 630 it's has a better chip, the camera has a depth sensor so that's the only different thing that's different about the camera.


Moto Z2 Play or G6 Plus, especially in terms of camera quality, what do you think???


Hope the update fixes my conectivity issues. Wifi isn't 100 percent and Bluetooth to my car is unusable. Will keep the phone to try the P update.


Aju, 31 Jul 2018Yes,It attracts scratches. There are some products available to protect the lens. May you suggest some or provide link


Aju, 31 Jul 2018Yes,It attracts scratches. There are some products available to protect the lens. May you suggest some or provide link


Ljlj, 29 Jul 2018Is back camera glass easily scratchable like moto z play? is it require some protection or can... moreYes,It attracts scratches. There are some products available to protect the lens.


Moto Master 1000, 28 Jul 2018Is the screen really that bad outdoors? The review says it's less bright than Galaxy J5Don't worry about the outdoor visibility. Its great


Is back camera glass easily scratchable like moto z play? is it require some protection or can use barely?


Is the screen really that bad outdoors? The review says it's less bright than Galaxy J5


Bertha, 24 Jul 2018It is not water resistant like it states. My stopped after getting a little moisture on the sc... moreIts not water resistant. Just spash resistant.


It is not water resistant like it states. My stopped after getting a little moisture on the screen while working out. Needless to say it turned off and will not come back on. Not Happy at all.

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review

The original Moto Z Play was a popular device among those who wanted a massive battery in a mid-range device with decent hardware and software. The 3,510 mAh battery delivered some of the best results of the year, and when combined with Moto Mod functionality, the Z Play at its $400 price point was one of Motorola’s most successful devices.

The Moto Z2 Play is a little different. It's still a mid-range offering, slotting between the flagship Moto Z2 Force at the top, and the quality budget Moto G phones below. But instead of targeting battery enthusiasts like its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Play is a more traditional mid-range handset that offers access to modular functionality at a lower price point.

The battery has been reduced to 3,000 mAh, which is average for a mid-tier handset, as Motorola has opted for a slimmer handset over better battery life. The phone still uses a mid-range Snapdragon 62x series SoC, with a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. It’s still available unlocked and with stock Android on board.

The most curious aspect to the Moto Z2 Play is its price point. The phone is available for $408 locked to Verizon, or $499 as an unlocked device. This places it dangerously close to budget flagships like the Xiaomi Mi 6 and OnePlus 5, which offer better hardware for a lower price.

Sure, the Moto Z2 Play is cheaper than most high-end phones like the LG G6, Galaxy S8, Moto Z2 Force, and so forth, but the market is more crowded than that, and the Z2 Play will have to offer something special to compete strongly. So let’s take a look.

The most striking aspect to the Z2 Play is its slim body. At under 6.0mm thick, yet still packing a 3,000 mAh battery, the Z2 Play is one of the slimmest phones on the market right now. As before, this has come at the expense of battery capacity: the Z2 Play is a millimeter slimmer and 20 grams lighter than the Z Play, but its battery is 15 percent smaller. The Z Play wasn’t a fat phone by any stretch, so it’s interesting that Motorola felt the need to make the Z2 Play slimmer. Personally I’d prefer to keep the larger battery, but the Z2 Play’s slender construction is certainly pretty remarkable.

Opting for such a slim body has resulted in a very prominent circular camera bump on the rear, which protrudes several millimeters out to accommodate the 12-megapixel sensor and f/1.7 lens. From a design standpoint, the protruding bump doesn’t look bad, though when viewing the phone at off angles it can look somewhat strange. As an option, you can purchase “style shells” that clip onto the back and reduce the impact of the bump; one is included in the box.

The build quality of the Z2 Play is very good across the board. The phone is mostly made of metal around the sides and rear, with a polycarbonate antenna band wrapping around the entire rear slab in a way that looks fairly respectable. The design and copious use of metal makes the handset easy to grip and hold, which isn’t the case with competing phones with slippery glass backs. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass.

My main issue with the design is the massive amount of bezel around the display. This is quite clearly a 5.5-inch screen in a 5.7-inch body, with big bezels above and below the display, as well as a gap on either side. Modern smartphone design trends are about reducing bezel size, but Motorola hasn’t bothered here, which leaves their design looking dated. Naturally they do have some design restrictions to keep the Moto Z line compatible with Mods, but a larger screen would have been appreciated not just on the Z2 Play, but Motorola’s other Z phones as well.

Speaking of Moto Mods, the Z2 Play is compatible with the entire line-up released so far. Motorola is the only company with a successful modular phone lineup – other companies like LG tried and failed – and part of the success has come from having multiple phones that support the same mods. The Moto Mods ecosystem has grown slowly but steadily, and it’s reached a point where there are some genuinely useful additions.

My personal favorites are the battery packs from third parties such as Incipio and Mophie. The new 360-degree camera, along with the gamepad, are also clever additions that some may enjoy. All mods magnetically attach to the rear, and connect through the large pins on the bottom. Mods are easy to attach and detach when you want, and magnets are strong enough that mods won’t fall off during everyday use. The implementation is clever and it just works.

The rest of the phone is pretty well featured. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the front, below the display, though I feel it would be better if it doubled as a home button alongside capacitive navigation buttons; instead the Z2 Play opts for on-screen buttons. There’s also a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack (not found on the more expensive Z2 Force), and a water repellent nano-coating that protects against minor splashes. The Z2 Play doesn’t have an IP rating and it isn’t water resistant, but it should survive if you accidentally spill some water on it.

Like some other Motorola phones of late, the Z2 Play has a single speaker above the display, which is used for both phone calls and as a loudspeaker. The volume this speaker produces is average, and the quality is okay, though it'd have been nice to see an additional speaker on the bottom edge (or front) for a stereo experience.

Motorola Moto Z2 Play


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19 July 2017 / 18:40BST

Most mid-range phones are pretty interchangeable, when you think about it.

Anyone can cram some top-spec hardware behind a spangy screen and slap a logo on it. If you're after something properly exciting and unique, though? Look no further than the Moto Z2 Play.

Motorola's modular mobiles made us sit up and take notice when they first showed up last year, even if they were beaten on outright value by the phenomenal OnePlus 3. This year, the price is right - and the hardware looks even better.

The outgoing Moto Z Play was 2016's undisputed king of smartphone battery life, though, so the sequel needs to have stamina as well as smarts.

Stuff says... 

Motorola Moto Z2 Play review

A magnificent mid-ranger that might not wow on sheer specs, but still impresses with modular magic

Good Stuff 

Premium build and quality screen - even at 1080p

Silky performance and great battery life

Nifty modular accessories

Bad Stuff 

Camera lacks colour punch

Moto Mods quickly get expensive

Phone still looks weird without a Mod in place

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