Moto Z3 Play with side-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual-camera setup revealed

Moto Z3 Play with side-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual-camera setup revealed
New case renders appear to confirm the design of Motorola’s upcoming Moto Z3 Play. The Lenovo-owned brand is expected to reveal a wide range of devices this year, with its first product launch taking place in Brazil tomorrow. Nevertheless, within the next few months, the company is also expected to launch its next flagship, the Moto Z3, alongside the budget Z3 Play alternative. The latter of which has been shown off in a number of new case renders.

As has previously been expected, Motorola’s device adopts the new 18:9 display trend by minimizing the top and bottom bezels. Up top, a selfie camera is set to be featured alongside an in-ear speaker and a number of other extras such as the proximity sensor. Also, down below, Motorola branding is present alongside a small microphone. In terms of the rear design, not much can be seen, but the device is expected to adopt a new glass body that should allow for support for wireless charging. What can be seen clearly, however, is the circular camera module which boasts a dual-camera setup coupled with a dual-tone LED flash. Interestingly, however, there is no cut-out for a rear fingerprint scanner. Instead, this appears to have been moved to the right side of the device - a setup similar to the one seen on some of Sony’s recent devices. Also, above the scanner are two volume up and down keys while on the opposite side of the Moto Z3 Play is the power button. Finishing off the design is a USB Type-C connector towards the bottom although, unfortunately, Motorola appears to have removed the 3.5mm headphone jack.

In regards to internal specifications, the Moto Z3 Play is set to come equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor according to the most recent rumors, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage also to be expected. In addition, a 3,000mAh battery is rumored to be keeping the large 6.1-inch display on.

Motorola is yet to confirm any details in regards to when the device can be expected, but considering last year’s Moto Z2 Play was revealed towards the beginning of June, a similar announcement can be expected for this year’s successor.

source: Poetic cases

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Moto Z3 Play
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24h talk time)



1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Nice!! Not surprised about the removal of the headphone jack but did mounted fingerprint scanner is cool and they should have opted for the snapdragon 660 instead of the 636.

7. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

SD636 is fine & perfect but there should be double wire jack & charging together in the box n should come under 20k then it be home run budget device.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, for the expected price, there should be a Sd 845. So no, the 636 is not fine, and neither perfect.

2. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Side mounted fp sensor is a nice place. Better than the back, imo. Wonder if the US is going to need to have it disabled, though. Wasn’t there some legal issue that made Sony disable their fp sensors on the xz phones sold in the US? Also, I wish lower end Chinese case makers would stop making their tpu cases glossy. Make them matte, or don’t make them at all.

3. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I doubt that will happen seeing as the Razer phone had a side mounted fps and it wasn't disabled.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 641; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

That was a clause in one of Sony's contracts with a carrier that banned it from including fingerprint scanners in devices sold in the US for a number of years, hence the reason they deactivated them. Motorola shouldn't have any problems including the side-mounted sensor.

5. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I would prefer the fingerprint sensor on the back. That is a challenge for the Z series phones because the Moto-mods cover the entire back of the phone except for the camera module. The hole for the camera module on some mods could potentially be big enough to accommodate both the on board camera and a fingerprint sensor. However, some mods cover the entire back of the phone which would render a back sensor unusable.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3155; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Sony issue was having the FPS in the power button which was an HP patent. This one has a separate power button - it's in the article.

13. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

A Sony exec said it was a carrier that put the FP restriction on them, not another manufacturer's patents.

15. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

They are nice as long as you are Right Handed...

8. theot14430 unregistered

Goodbye, Motorola, *sigh*

9. Duncdawg26

Posts: 176; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

I would make this my next phone, given the opportunity...

10. fyah_king unregistered

I like the screen size.

12. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Motorola is just going to continue running their company down to the ground. The Moto Z Play line was basically their mid-range flagship, besides the X line. It was meant to have great battery life (ala huge battery capacity, alongside a power-efficient snapdragon processor), and all the traditional bells and whistles (headphone jack). But for whatever reason, they though it was a good idea to get rid of it, and continue to go in that direction.

14. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

The camera has a face! Did someone stare into a Euro plug too long?

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