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Moto Z2 Play is certified in China: 5.5-inch screen, 4GB RAM and 20% lower battery capacity

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Moto Z2 Play is certified in China: 5.5-inch screen, 4GB RAM and 20% lower battery capacity
The Moto Z Play has made a name for itself thanks to the 3510mAh battery it sports. Add to that large capacity cell the power sipping Snapdragon 625 chipset that is found under the hood, and you have a phone that allows you to walk right past the outlets in your home, the office, the airports, or in the library. But the sequel to the phone, the Moto Z2 Play, is apparently not going to give users the same opportunity to go without a charge for two to three days.

With the Moto Z2 Play getting certified by Chinese regulatory agency TENAA (which is similar to the FCC in the U.S.) we understand that the battery on the next-gen model (XT1710) apparently weighs in at 2820mAh. That works out to a 20% cut in the capacity of the power source. Other specs, such as the 5.5-inch OLED display, and the 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD), remain the same. Powering the new phone is a Snapdragon 626 chipset carrying an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU. We would expect the Snapdragon 626 chipset to provide the same energy saving ability found on the Snapdragon 625, so things could be oikay on that front.

According to its TENAA certification, the Moto Z2 Play will feature 4GB of RAM, up from the 3GB it had last year. 64GB of native storage is expected, up from the 32GB offered on the Z Play. The 16MP rear facing camera on the 2016 model, is now a 12MP shooter on the Moto Z2 Play. And don't forget the transformation of the fingerprint scanner from a square on last year's phone, to the oval shaped biometric reader on the 2017 unit.

The fact that the new model has been certified by TENAA would seem to indicate that it won't be terribly long before the next-gen device is made official. Usually, those owning a phone are happy to see the updated version of it go on sale. But if enough changes are made to the Moto Z2 Play that the result is just average battery life, the new model (which will be offered in Black and White) might turn out to be a dud when it comes to sales.

As to why Motorola might negatively impact the battery life on the Moto Z2 Play, it's hard to say. Perhaps the company had to go with a thinner, less powerful battery in order to make the sequel thinner so it could join the other svelte Moto Z2 models. That would be a shame, because many smartphone users would rather have that outstanding battery life than a device that seems to disappear when turned sideways. Whatever the reason, if these new battery specs are indeed legit, there might be some disappointed Moto fans thinking twice about upgrading their OG Moto Z Play.

Check out pictures of the Moto Z2 Play by clicking on the slideshow below!

source: TENAA (translated) via AndroidCrunch

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posted on 20 May 2017, 03:34 2

1. Hallyu (Posts: 677; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)

Moto and Nokia are the same crappy outdated companies who derive their quality from 3rd world China factory. Their fan base are being fooled by the brand name.

posted on 20 May 2017, 04:22 11

2. King_bilo (Posts: 115; Member since: 20 May 2015)

Dude, what the f**k are you on about? Have you used a Motorola? I have owned the moto x 2014 for 2 years now I own the moto Z play. Both outstanding phones.. Because the origin is Chinese lenovo doesn't mean it's crappy. China builds based on "you get what you pay for" no scam here

posted on 20 May 2017, 07:25 5

7. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

Don't mind Hallyu. He's a known troll by the residers of PhoneArena.

posted on 20 May 2017, 15:33 1

14. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 523; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)

Terrible attempt to troll as even Samsung and Apple use chinese manufacturing.

posted on 21 May 2017, 06:19

19. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


posted on 20 May 2017, 04:29 3

3. Mr.mobile (Posts: 82; Member since: 09 Mar 2017)

iam currently using moto z play best phone i have used till now, using moto phones only from 2 years moto E2,G3,x play,x force,now z play compare to others phone munfutures moto gives yiu good price to performance ratio u wont get in any other phones, please moto in Z2 play give us 4000mah battery or same 3510 mah battery we dont need slim phones we need a phones of 3 days battery life

posted on 20 May 2017, 11:43

10. uzimafioso (Posts: 463; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

Maybe but they've probably removed a Z² in favor of a Z² Play and Z² Force and this one remains thin enough while adding a bigger battery and a headphone jack to the Z although they sacrificed the performance but maybe the price tag will justify it as a viable purchase.
It also makes room for a X⁴ at about $500.

posted on 20 May 2017, 04:42

4. Veteater (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Aug 2015)

Now that I think about it, this makes sense. Sure, the Z Play of last year was a battery beast, but that's not what the Z series is really prioritizing itself for. This phone will still get good battery life, because the SoC is so efficient that the entire smartphone can rely almost entirely on efficiency for longevity. It seems as though the target thickness for this year's Moto Z's is going to be around 6mm; now both devices can be thin enough to not be clunky with mods but thick enough to not sacrifice too much battery capacity. Not to mention, but it seems as though the Moto X of this year is going to serve as the battery beast of Motorola's lineup, which would explain the 3800mah battery we could see in it.

posted on 20 May 2017, 06:37

5. Furbal (Posts: 44; Member since: 19 May 2017)

Has to be, they had to know people loved the z play battery life, to cut it down without a replacement is a disservice to their fans....

posted on 20 May 2017, 07:08

6. medtxa (Posts: 1341; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

I'm become their new fan just because they make it thinner. If you want battery beast buy 5000 mAh Xiaomi or Huawei but they don't have oled. I care about battery but style is as important.

posted on 20 May 2017, 15:35

15. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 523; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)

Style over function is failure, so are these phones that have become so thin they're uncomfortable to hold. Phones aren't jewelry.

posted on 20 May 2017, 17:31

17. medtxa (Posts: 1341; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

Beauty is not failure. Maybe you should superglue powerbank on the back of your phone if you want 'functional' thick body, with big battery smartphone.

posted on 20 May 2017, 11:10

8. athos07m (Posts: 132; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)

This is a beautiful phone, would have been great with at least SD630. SD626 is way old now.

posted on 20 May 2017, 11:27 1

9. JcHnd (Posts: 187; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

I cant believe this... strike one Lenovo/Moto

posted on 20 May 2017, 12:32

11. PryvateiDz (Posts: 286; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

Okay, 3000mAh, I was partly okay with, but 2820 is a NO GO! Wtf Motorola. I was so excited for the Moto Z2 Play with potentially a better camera (my main qualm with the original). Then, I found out it was getting a better camera, and more internal storage (another one of my main pain points with smartphones). But then to see they're being stingy with the battery capacity has really stifled my excitement for the Z2 play. I also rather have a phone with an already great battery than one that is a great deal smaller and to have to buy an accessory to increase battery life. Great to best is better than good to great (with accessory obviously).

I might get the OnePlus 5 now with the 3600mAh battery, and a faster DASH Charge, or the Moto X 2017 now. Maybe...I'll get the Z2 Play.

posted on 20 May 2017, 13:00 1

12. prabhas2015 (Posts: 17; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)

Why why why? Lenovo if you want to kill Motorola why did you buy. You should increase battery life with every next gen phone not dec... RIP MOTO

posted on 20 May 2017, 15:38

16. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 523; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)

Well I won't be considering that phone for my next purchase, it's a shame because they used to be the king of battery life with the droid maxx and turbo lines. Very popular phones on Verizon due to battery life and durability, but now they make thin fragile phones with small batteries.

posted on 20 May 2017, 17:58

18. matistight (Posts: 566; Member since: 13 May 2009)

"20% lower battery capacity"

Ah, taking a page out of the whole Apple and Samsung playbook!

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