Moto Z2 Play goes official: thinner and lighter, still excellent battery life
by Victor Hristov / Jun 01, 2017, 8:54 AM
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.
A super thin, 5.5mm bodyWhat'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:
|Platform||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Display||5.5" AMOLED 16:9 display|
1080 x 1920 pixel Full HD
|Snapdragon 626 (14nm)|
3GB or 4GB RAM
|Cameras||12MP Dual Pixel auto-focus f/1.7 rear camera|
5MP f/2.2 front cam with dual LED flash
|Storage||32GB or 64GB|
+ with microSD card slot
with USB-C fast charging
|Special features||Water-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:
- the JBL SoundBoost 2
- the Moto TurboPower Pack
- Moto Style Shells with Wireless Charging,
- 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: $500 for an unlocked phone with 64GB of storage.
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Ugluy as usual moto phone
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 8:56 AM 7
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500$ for this? Would you pick this or the LG G6 for the same price. Battery life will obviously differ. Keeping that aside.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 9:06 AM 2
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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?
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 1:41 PM 1
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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
posted on Jun 02, 2017, 3:35 PM 0
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I'm glad we got my dad the Z Play instead of waiting for this very minor updated phone.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 9:00 AM 7
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And the smaller battery is a real bummer.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 9:27 AM 9
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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
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 10:04 AM 2
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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.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 1:05 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 10:13 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 11:19 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 12:49 PM 2
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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.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 10:32 AM 0
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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
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 11:35 AM 1
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"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.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 2:13 PM 1
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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.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 3:37 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 01, 2017, 6:00 PM 0
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