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.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play vs OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

Display

Display size

6.0 inches
6.3 inches
5.8 inches

Resolution

1080 x 2160 pixels
1080 x 2280 pixels
1440 x 2960 pixels

Aspect Ratio

18:9
19:9
18.5:9

Pixel density

402 ppi
402 ppi
570 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

77.92 %
83.81 %
84.26 %

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 megapixels
16 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

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

Second camera

5 megapixels
20 megapixels
 

Hardware Features

Depth information
Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
 

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

Features

Time-lapse video, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
16 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

5.50 oz (156 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
6.24 oz (177 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Splash
Splash
Water, Dust; IP 68

Biometrics

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

Features

 
Notification light
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 509
Adreno 630
Adreno 540

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
8 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3300 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Motorola TurboPower
OnePlus Dash Charge
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

24.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)
 
30.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)

Stand-by time

12.5 days (299 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)
 
13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)

Internet use

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

Music playback

80.00 hours
 
88.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours
 
17.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 500
$ 629
 


Related phones

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)

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2 Comments

1. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

In any category OP is better, not worth buying the moto z3 play.

2. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

The motorola name does give any additional value to justify the lack of specs compared to Oneplus

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