Moto Z2 Play goes official: thinner and lighter, still excellent battery life

The Moto Z2 Play has just gone official and it is the successor of one of the battery champion phones: the Moto Z Play.

And the Moto Z2 Play looks a lot like its predecessor: it has a nearly identical design, (but one that is much thinner and lighter!) the square fingerprint button on the front and the large, round and protruding camera on the back. In fact, the Moto Z2 Play is the thinnest mainstream phone we can think of in recent history.

What's changed is under the hood: the Moto Z2 Play ships with the newest Snapdragon 626 system chip, the successor to the extremely power-efficient 625 that was inside the original Z Play. This chip is a little bit faster, but remains nearly the same in terms of battery savings. So yes, expect those same solid two days of battery life out of the Moto Z2 Play as well. Keep in mind that while a mid-range chip, the Snapdragon 626 performs very smoothly, and is built on a very modern 14nm manufacturing tech, so you are not likely to run into lag in your daily grind. Of course, it's not exactly a flagship chip either.

The official battery numbers for the Moto Z2 Play stand at 30 hours, a solid figure, but also less than the 50 hour official battery life figure for the original Moto Z Play.

Here is a quick look at the most important specs for the newly announced Moto Z2 Play:

Z2 Play
PlatformAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Display5.5" AMOLED 16:9 display
1080 x 1920 pixel Full HD
145 grams
Snapdragon 626 (14nm)
3GB or 4GB RAM
Cameras12MP Dual Pixel auto-focus f/1.7 rear camera
5MP f/2.2 front cam with dual LED flash
Storage32GB or 64GB
+ with microSD card slot
Battery3,000 mAh
with USB-C fast charging
Special featuresWater-repellent nano coating

The dual-pixel auto focus is one of the most notable new additions: this means the phone will be much faster to acquire focus, so you have less blurry images in your camera roll.

The phone will be available in three color options: Lunar Gray, Nimbus Blue, or Fine Gold.

Finally, the Moto Z2 Play announcement also comes with four new Moto Mods, the magnetically snapping add-ons that Moto presented last year. We have: 

  1. the JBL SoundBoost 2
  2. the Moto TurboPower Pack
  3. Moto Style Shells with Wireless Charging,
  4. and the Moto GamePad. 

The Style Shells will retail for $40, while all others will sell for $80, which is more affordable than the sky-high prices that we saw last year.

Price and Release date

The Moto Z2 Play will be sold on Verizon Wireless, and it will also be available unlocked, directly from Motorola. The Z2 Play will go on sale in the summer months of 2017, but we have no specific date so far.

The price, however, is clearly set in the mid range market: $500 for an unlocked phone with 64GB of storage.

Related phones

Moto Z2 Play
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h 3G talk time)



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Ugluy as usual moto phone

4. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

500$ for this? Would you pick this or the LG G6 for the same price. Battery life will obviously differ. Keeping that aside.

21. partylikeaninjastar

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

A phone that lasts all day is a lot more appealing than a phone I have to charge by lunch. I don't see the G6 having better battery than my V20. Also, all reports say that the first gen Z Play runs just as well as the Z and Z Force so, really, what benefit do the higher end phones have?

7. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Wheres the moto z2?

29. babar91k

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

Smaller update? You serious? Go recheck the phone specs again.. The shape (specially the silver color), new 626 chipset and the CAMERA .. And yes, how i forget about the new mods.. You are ugly doesn't mean other things also.. Go check how tempting the new shapes are specially the silver color

2. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm glad we got my dad the Z Play instead of waiting for this very minor updated phone.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

And the smaller battery is a real bummer.

14. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Completely agree. Them old folks need all the battery they can get and my dad is one of them. :D

20. partylikeaninjastar

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

You realize that this "smaller" battery will still power this phone longer than any other phone, right?

24. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

That may be so, but I doubt that battery life will be better than the Z Play. We'll find out in a few months but a 15% decrease on battery size isn't an upgrade.

30. babar91k

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

The z play was so bulky. I am glad they reduced the size, changed the shape and improved the camera with new chip set.. The battery will do great as well. Remember its all about software optimization

3. peace247 unregistered

sd 625 is a great zenfone 3 runs smooth af....

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Did they keep courage or waste it?

12. NoAllegiance unregistered

Lol, they did not have courage with this one.


Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

you broked my heart moto,atlest you could have given 3300mah battery, waiting for moto X 2017 i hope this phone won't let me down with less battery

19. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

3300 would peobably inflate the phone's thickness. Anyway, 3000mAh on a 5.5mm body isn't that bad. Compare it to a iP7+ which I think would be the best phone for this comparison, it has a 2900mAh cell in a vastly larger shell than the Z2. I'm surprised they even fit 3000 on a body that thin.

22. matix73

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I'm sorry, but who asked for a smaller thickness in a phone which has the battery as its biggest advantage?

9. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Die Moto

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

This is probably the best news for Blackberry/TCL as people who were thinking $550 was too much for a Snapdragon 625 device may be considering it now since it offers a larger 3500 mAh battery.

15. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

But somehow for BB it didn't translate into that great a battery life. I feel that this makes more sense. The 626 benches better so it'll perform better, and I think Moto will be able to extract about 10 hours of SoT with this one so it's battery endurance will be on par with the Droid Turbo but not as insane as the Z Play.

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Except it did. The Blackberry KeyOne lasts just one hour less in the PA battery life test than last years Moto Z Play (which the Z Play has an AMOLED display versus the LCD of the KeyOne). And Motorola quoted last years Z Play to last 20 hours longer than this years. Considering that is coming from the manufacturer (who always try to prop up their products) this will translate to a huge hit in review tests.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Also the 626 only represents up to 10% better performance which I doubt the end user will notice the difference between the 625. And both the 625 and 626 are built on the same process.

11. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

It looks like little upgrade over g5plus not over z play.I had g5 plus and it has nice battery life.Moto z2 play must be the best battery phone of moto lineup but thats not the case here.Its better to opt for upcoming moto x instead of moto z2 play.

13. Cat97

Posts: 1867; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Motorola has really lost its way. The Moto mods are ruining their base phones, they must make them thinner and thus ruin battery life. Plus the same boring shape for many years to come.

16. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Why make it thinner with a smaller battery and big camera bump? No one wants that. Then I can go buy a battery mod for more money that will just make it really thick so I can have the battery life that it should have had it the first place. Great plan Lenovo

23. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1553; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

"The dual-pixel auto focus is one of the most notable new additions: this means the phone will be much faster to acquire focus, so you have less blurry images in your camera roll." Do you guys even know how a camera works? Focus faster will result in taking a picture faster, it won't do anything about a blurry photo, you need better shutter speed and/or stabilization for that.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

yes it will. if for some reason focus is lost or you have a moving object, fast focus will allow you to take pictures with less blur.

26. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It won't have less image blur. It would just be out of focus. Image blur is from a moving subject and a low shutter speed. Or a long exposure with no ois. A picture being out of focus.... Is just out of focus. It could be called out of focus blur I guess.

27. hpspectrex360

Posts: 56; Member since: May 10, 2017

Phonearena just got their "goes official" page up while The Verge already has its review up. Talk about being late to the party.

28. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Still pumping out phones with ugly, wide top and bottom bezels. Deal breaker for me, not to mention smaller battery. Some stupid design decisions again.

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