Moto Z3 Play specs comparison versus OnePlus 6 and Galaxy S8: Is it worth $499?

Moto Z3 Play specs comparison versus OnePlus 6 and Galaxy S8: Is it worth $499?
The Moto Z3 Play, the company's latest upper mid-range device, is now official. With a Snapdragon 636, 4GB of RAM, 6-inch 18:9 Super AMOLED display, a side-positioned fingerprint sensor, and portrait mode functionality available on both the front and the rear camera, the Moto Z3 Play is a phone that shouldn't be overlooked.

The Moto Z3 Play is among the first devices with a Snapdragon 636 to be available in the US. This chipset has been lauded as being quite power-efficient, which is always a plus in our book. Other notable devices that boast the Snapdragon 636 are the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Asus ZenFone 5, but you will have a hard time getting either through official carrier channels.

The whole shebang is priced at $499, but is it worth the money? Well, let's actually compare it with two other devices which could be snatched for a similar price tag. Those would be the OnePlus 6, which costs $30 more, and the Galaxy S8, last year's Samsung flagship, which can be snatched below $550 these days, or even less.

Display

Size

5.8 inches
6.3 inches
6.0 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

84.26 %
83.81 %
77.92 %

Features

HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SDM636

Processor

Octa-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 1800 MHz, Kryo 260, 64-bit, 14 nm

GPU

Adreno 540
Adreno 630
Adreno 509

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
8GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

64GB
256GB, not expandable
64GB

OS

Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat), Samsung One UI
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo), OxygenOS UI
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3300 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
OnePlus Dash Charge
Motorola TurboPower

Talk time

30.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)
 
24.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)

Stand-by time

13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
 
12.5 days (299 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)

Internet use

3G: 12 hours; LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours
 
 

Music playback

88.00 hours
 
80.00 hours

Video playback

17.00 hours
 
13.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Dual camera

Main camera

12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
16 MP (OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
12 MP (PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm

Second camera

 
20 MP (PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
5 MP (Depth information)

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal Length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1 μm
 

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (480 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)

Features

HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 MP
16 MP
8 MP

Video capture

2560x1440 (QHD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches (148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm)
6.13 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches (155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 mm)
6.16 x 3.01 x 0.27 inches (156.5 x 76.5 x 6.75 mm)

Weight

5.47 oz (155.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
6.24 oz (177.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.50 oz (156.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Metal
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3); Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP68
Splash
Splash

Biometrics

Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)

Features

 
Notification light
 

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 629
$ 500


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