Moto Z Play could be released on September 6, new photos revealed

Moto Z Play could be released on September 6, new photos revealed
Lately, we've seen various leaked images allegedly showing the Moto Z Play, an unannounced Android smartphone made by Motorola Mobility / Lenovo. Now, thanks to a new photo snapped somewhere in a Chinese store, we know that the Moto Z Play is certainly coming soon.

Similar to the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, both already available in the US from Verizon Wireless, the Moto Z Play supports Moto Mods. This is re-confirmed by the aforementioned photo - the first image included below - which shows the JBL SoundBoost speaker module (currently sold by Motorola for $79.99), as well as the Hasselblad camera module that isn't available yet.

Besides the photo showing the Moto Z Play being advertised in a Chinese store, there are also new images of the handset in the flesh. One of these images seems to be confirming the phone's name, as well as the fact that it's running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

According to Twitter user The Malignant, the Moto Z Play may cost between $400 and $500 in China, and should be launched on September 6. Obviously, the phone will be cheaper than the Moto Z Droid ($624 off contract) and Moto Z Force Droid ($720 off contract).

Specs-wise, the Moto Z Play is expected to offer a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3 GB of RAM, an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, and a 3.5 mm headset jack (which is missing from the Moto Z and Moto Z Force).

At the moment, we don't know when (or if) the Moto Z Play will be available in the US. In any case, we'll let you know when we have new info about this upcoming phone.

sources: Weibo (in Chinese, login required), The Malignant (Twitter)

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Moto Z Play
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3510 mAh



1. techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Better come with Amoled.

2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Wouldn't surprise me if it doesn't, but Moto Display on LCD is kind of silly.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At least all the Moto Z's can share and use all the Moto mods. I know the current Moto Z and Z force have AMOLED displays. But since this is suppose to be a more affordable Moto Z play version, then of course corners will have to be cut somewhere in order to bring the prices down. This really makes you think if it is a LCD display which is sold for around the $400 mark. Then clearly everyone can see how much profit Apple is making from their lower resolution HD displayed iPhone 6s/7 devices, yet they cost consumers considerably more. Ah yes, Apple greed.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Ah, but you're not paying for the parts with an iPhone. You're paying for the sum of the parts. (I'm with you, but after 6 years of the same business model, I see no point in arguing value when it comes to Apple.) Does anyone know how the Snapdragon 625 GPU performs? The ancient Adreno 405 definitely turned me off the X Play. If the 506 is better matched to a 1080 screen, this could be a nicely balanced midrange product.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You could Google it yourself. But I will fill in some facts for you. The SD 617 is an octa core as well. However 4 of the cores are clocked lower. Plus it is based on 28nm manufacturing. The GPU is also clocked slower by 100 MHz. The SD 625 is using the newer 14 nm manufacturing process. The 625 is clocked faster and all of its 8 cores are clocked at the same frequency. Plus the GPU is faster.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I was asking specifically about the GPU because that is in my view the Achilles heel of the SD61x line. Despite the numbering change, the Adreno 405 is just a warmed over 320. 3+ year old tech not well suited to anything more than 720p screens. I hope the 506 is a generation newer.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I think I saw some 3D gaming with the Zenfone 3, and it looked very smooth. I think the 506 is on the level of the 330 but with newer features and designed to handle newer things better with less heat and/or drain. I have confidence in the 625, as it's an efficient architecture paired with the best fab process.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's what I'd hoped. A midrange 330-level GPU paired with a 1080 screen is 2014 flagship level.

3. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Better come with the same price tag, or it will be like the Moto X pure. Sitting on a shelf, awaiting that great discount.

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The Moto X Pure was a great value...until the Nexus 6P came along.

10. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I really like my X Pure. It is not a perfect device, but even at it's top price it was a great bargain. Last I saw, Motorola and Lenovo never released hard sales figures. They were sold unlocked and without a whole bunch of overhead, so I am sure they were a finical success. I like the Moto mod idea. Love innovation. Hope to see a X Pure style Z device.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I was waffling between the X Pure and 6P because both were unlocked and Verizon compatible (still a rarity). I loved the feel of the X, but the AMOLED screen and Nexus experience won out. They're definitely releasing an unlocked (GSM only) Moto Z sometime this fall. I hope it does well for Moto.

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