Moto Z2 Play Review

The Moto Play Z2 is a successor of Moto Z Play, thinner, lighter but more compatible with Moto MODS, magnetic accessories that allow you to expand your experience.


The design of the Moto Z2 Play corresponds largely to that of its predecessor, but the new Motorola smartphone is noticeably thinner and lighter. The size and shape are identical to the Moto Z Play and this is because Motorola supports the Moto Mods for at least three generations and wants to bring out new models, of course, the devices must be correspondingly large and carry the magnetic connector in exactly the same position. The module corset also does not allow any experiments to be carried out on the camera design, as the round mount, which stands out clearly from the back, also keeps the Moto Mods in place. The Moto Z2 Play does not look as exhilarating as the first Moto Z Play and the Moto Z.

Moto Z2 Play Design

The Moto Z2 Play has a little thickness less than 6 mm and weight 145 grams. It is resistant to dust and water with IP68 certification but it is protected by moderate exposure to water. The shell is made entirely of metal while the front part is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass. The use with a single hand is facilitated by a software function that allows reducing the interface.

There are two adjacent buttons for adjusting the volume instead of rocker and a third button for power. On the bottom, there is USB Type-C 3.1 port with 3.5mm audio socket and the main microphone.

On the top side, there is the second microphone and the removable tray that, in addition to the two SIM cards in Nano format, can also accommodate a microSD to expand the 64GB of internal memory.

On the front, there are also light sensors, proximity and a 5-MP camera with dual LED flash.


Motorola managed great balance in hardware and software the Moto Z2 Play power by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Soc, GPU Adreno 506, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage that is expandable with a microSD card. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Soc is part of Motorola Mobile Computing System that also includes two coprocessors, one for the continuous management of sensors and one on natural language recognition.
The Moto Z2 Play is a smartphone with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS with GLONASS NFC and FM radio. In addition, this phone comes with a dual-SIM card with support for 4G and LTE.

The Moto Z2 Play is available in both Dual SIM and Single SIM version. Motorola has customized SIM management by providing the ability to choose which one to use either manually or automatically, according to our type of use, a very interesting feature.


There is Super AMOLED 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution and a density of 401 ppi, a good quality piece that offers wide viewing angles.

Moto Z2 Play Screen

However, the screen doesn’t get very bright, which makes it difficult to view under direct sunlight even with the brightness set to maximum


The Moto Z2 Play has a 12-MP rear camera with f / 1.7 apertures, autofocus, phase detections, laser autofocus and dual LED flash. The front camera is a 5-MP camera with f / 2.2 apertures wide-angle lens and dual LED flash.

The camera interface is one of the few customization’s made by Motorola on the Android operating system. Few but essential features available include a manual mode with separate settings and slow motion video with full resolution 4K at 30fps.


The photo quality is very good when we take in optimal lighting condition. The focus is rapid, the photos offer a good exposure adjustment, an accurate white balance, and color, and there are no special artifacts due to compression.

In low lighting condition, the wide opening allows the sensor to have a photo not very noisy. Besides sufficiency photos taken by the front camera while videos are smooth, detailed, and also well stabilized.


The phone packs with non-removable 3,000mAh battery. This battery is enough for processor and AMOLED display that will allow us to use this smartphone intensively for a full day without problems.

Through the quick charger “Turbo Charger” is included, however, in just over an hour we can return the battery to 100%.


The Moto Z2 Play is a complete smartphone and very pleasant to use. It has a good hardware equipment, runs well, makes good pictures and also has an excellent autonomy. The MODS are interesting added values that allow us to expand the possibilities and in which Motorola believes constantly develop continua done.

The Moto Play Z2 is a successor of Moto Z Play, thinner, lighter but more compatible with Moto MODS, magnetic accessories that allow you to expand your experience.

Pros                                                                 Cons
Stylish, high quality case                                   Smaller battery than in the predecessor
Very good display                                              Cameras only average
Very good battery life                                         Poor voice quality
Dust and Water Resistant                                    Difficult to see in sunlight




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