Moto Z2 Play vs Moto Z Play: battery life comparison and all other differences

The new Moto Z2 Play is out, and it's an impressive $500 phone: cheaper than a flagship, yet touting some unique Moto Mods, a clean design and the promise of great battery life.

But how does it compare to last year's Moto Z Play, a phone that ranked as 'the best battery phone' by many.

Well, the Moto Z2 Play also has a super power efficient battery chip: the new Snaprdagon 626 built on a 14nm architecture, a key component to delivering excellent battery longevity. However, it also has a 15% smaller battery than the original.

The official battery figures on the Z2 Play quote 30 hours of battery use, while on the Moto Z Play the same measurement stood at 50 hours. So no, don't expect quite the same solid 2-day battery life, but do expect a still great one to one and a half day battery here. What are the rest of the differences between the new Moto Z2 Play and the Moto Z Play? Find out in our specs comparison right below.

Z2 Play
Z Play
PlatformAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 7.0 Nougat
*after update from 6.0
Dimensions5.5" AMOLED 16:9 display
1080 x 1920 pixel Full HD
5.5" AMOLED 16:9 display
1080 x 1920 pixel Full HD
Display76.2 x 156.2 x 5.99mm
145 grams
76.4 x 156.4 x 6.99 mm
165 grams
Processor, RAMSnapdragon 626 (14nm) @ 2.2GHz
Snapdragon 625 (14nm) @ 2.0GHz
Camera12MP Dual Pixel AF rear camera
*f/1.7, 1.4 um pixel size; 4K video
5MP f/2.2 front cam, dual LED flash
16MP rear camera
*f/2.0, 1.3 um pixel size; 4K video
5MP front cam, single LED flash
Storage32GB / 64GB
+ with microSD card slot
+ with microSD card slot
Battery3,000 mAh
with USB-C 3.1 and fast charging
3,510 mAh
with USB-C 2.0 and fast charging
Special featuresSupports all Moto Mods
Water-repellent nano coating
Supports all Moto Mods
Water-repellent nano coating

source: Motorola

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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)
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. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They should've made it 8mm thick and got the same or larger battery as the original Z Play! That way the camera bump could disappear and make the consumers happy.

2. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Lenovo P2 is a much better phone imho.

12. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Except for Camera..

3. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

The Camera bump is needed to connect properly the moto mods. I think many people here are just commenting negatively for being haters. This Moto Z series is very innovative compare other phones of is category. The Z2 can last one and half day which many other phones including high end phones straggling to achieve. Plus they are very interesting mods like the Gamepad mod which is a must for real gamers. They will not give you everything for just $500 come one. I will buy the Z2 over any high end phones which can't get any better battery add useful mods. Especially does Samsungs with less frames and extremely expensive.

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Better buy original Z Play, if you really want to enjoy the mods. You can save some money, gain great battery life, NO sacrifice on Mods and just negligible real-life performance.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4105; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Will it curve like an iPhone 6?

5. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Too bad it was not full water proof like the S8 and G6!

6. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Too bad it has an amoled screen fail

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The battery reduction doesn't overly bother me. For battery life, my big requirement is that it gets me through my most heavy use day. I still think it will do that. The extra memory and storage make up for it in my opinion. The extra thinness should be nice if it helps lower the footprint of the device + mod combo.


Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Moto Z8 Play: Thin as A4 paper(76.2*156.2*1nm) 50mah battery Compatible with Sticky note Moto mod

10. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Like the ad kinda funny lol.

11. babar91k

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

Camera and the shape is the big improvement .. The silver color is so tempting along with the new mods Waiting how the battery works with the new 626 chip..

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