The new launch from Motorola, Moto Z2 Play is the successor to the Moto Z Play. The latter was well known for being versatile and affordable. Fans of Motorola smartphone must be hoping the same for the new Motorola Moto Z2 Play, which was launched in June 2017.
In terms of design, the new Moto Z2 Play has a sleek body as compared to the bulkier Moto Z Play. In other words, the new model is thinner with about 5.9mm in thickness. Besides, the smartphone has metal for the back, making it looks more premium and retaining the 16-pin connector at the back. The smartphone is available in two different colours, grey with black front that looks stealthy and gold with flashy white front. It has a 5.5 inch Super Amoled display and the fingerprint sensor below it. The front camera is positioned on the top along with proximity, light sensor and recessed earpiece. The volume buttons are small in size and are positioned slightly higher than the standard user friendly position. Users might need to stretch the thumbs a little. The SIM tray along with a second microphone is at the top whereas the USB Type-C port and 3.5mm audio socket are at the bottom. Do take note that the Moto Z2 Play comes with a third microphone located at the back towards the bottom.
One upside of the Moto Z2 Play is its compatibility with all Moto Mods launched to date. The new Turbo Power pack is a 3450mAh battery mod. It is also capable of turbo-charging the Moto Z2 Play. Moreover, the Turbo Power Mod can also be charged quickly using the Turbo charger supplied along with the smartphone. There is a new shell attached to it whereby users can just drop it onto a Qi or PMA pad for charging.
There is a great balance between the hardware and software for this new launch from Motorola, resulting in a good battery shelf life. Moto Z2 Play comes in the updated version of the Snapdragon 625 called the Snapdragon 626 SoC. This processor is clocked at 2.2GHz. Also, do take note that the Moto Z2 Play is a dual-SIM smartphone with support for 4G and VoLTE. There is also Bluetooth 4.2 along with dual band WiFi and NFC.
The Z series including the Moto Z2 Play of course are now getting the same gestures for fingerprint as the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. With this function, the Android navigation bar of three buttons at the bottom of the screen will not be there anymore. Thus, more screen space will be available. As easy as it can be, one tap on the fingerprint scanner will bring the user to the home screen. The smartphone can also be easily locked by a long tap on the fingerprint scanner until a short vibration can be felt. On the other hand, holding it down longer will lead the user to the standard shortcut for Google Assistant.
In terms of performance, it is really good thanks to the boost from the Stock Android and the Snapdragon 626 SoC. Do not expect any problem when browsing and multitasking as the smartphone itself will preserve apps in memory helping multitasking efficiently since users do not need to wait for an app to reload. As for the battery, Moto Z2 Play is able to run up to 14 hours while charging does not require a long time with the bundled 15W charger.
For the camera of Moto Z2 Play, it has the 12-megapixel rear camera with dual pixel of autofocus, phase detection autofocus, laser autofocus and a dual tone LED flash. Some upsides with this smartphone’s camera are the ability to take good pictures in low light, thanks to the f/1.7 aperture and launching the camera easily by just a double-twist gesture. Nevertheless, there will be some downside. For example, pictures taken on the outdoors tend to look overexposed. With the Super Amoled display setting to vivid, it will result in the pictures looking more vibrant that the pictures actually are. Besides, the Moto Z2 Play has an auto night mode that will be triggered when the light is low. For the front camera, the Moto Z2 Play is equipped with a 5-megapixel selfie camera with a dual tone LED flash. The flash is pretty helpful when it comes to taking selfies in lower light environment. In addition, it comes with a beautification mode that will automatically improve skin tones. This front camera supports HDR resulting in pictures taken and share without the need to edit.
In summary, the Moto Z2 Play can be considered as a decent smartphone in a more premium category. It offers both good hardware and software experience, along with a good camera.