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

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Moto Z3 Play specs comparison
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 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 (11, 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 (996 min)
 
24.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
Stand-by time
13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
12.5 days (299 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 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 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.24 oz (177.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.50 oz (156.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 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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