Moto Z Play Officially Launched: Gets Snapdragon 625, Audio Jack, and Moto Mods Support

by Habeeb Onawole 1

Lenovo has officially taken the wraps off the Moto Z and the specs are not different from what we reported was spotted on Antutu.

Moto Z Play 2

The Moto Z Play is the mid-range variant of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. That means it has lower specs than its siblings, right? Not entirely. The Moto Z Play trumps its siblings in its own ways.

Specifications of The Moto Z Play

It is fitted with the same 5.5” Super AMOLED display with gorilla glass but has a lower resolution at 1080p. There is 3GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of storage which can be expanded to 2TB if you do roll like that.

Moto-Z-Play 3

The camera on the Moto Z Play (16MP f/2.0) is higher than the Moto Z (13MP) but it lacks the latter’s optical image stabilisation. However there is still laser auto-focus and phase-detection auto-focus. The front facing camera is a 5MP wide-angle lens with its own flash.

A less power-hungry Snapdragon 625 clocked at 2.0GHz is under the hood. For the GPU, there is an Adreno 506 which isn’t bad.

The Moto Z Play has the same connector pins on the back which means you can slap on any of the existing moto mods and you are ready to go.

Lenovo has brought back the 3.5mm audio jack and also given the phone a water-repellent nano-coating. The fingerprint scanner is still up front on the chin as well as a front-ported loudspeaker. You also get NFC, so mobile payment is covered.

The most interesting feature of the Moto Z Play is the 3510mAh battery. Way bigger than that of the Moto Z (2600mAh) and just 10mAh more than that of the Z Force. The combination of a large battery, power efficient processor, and lower screen resolution means owners will get more on-screen time. As much as 50 hours as the company puts it. The battery supports Moto’s own TurboPower which will give you 9 hours of power for just 15 minutes of charging.

Other features include 4G LTE, Android 6.0.1, dual WiFi bands, single or dual nano-SIM  slots, USB type-C port, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

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The Moto Z will be available later this month for $449.99 globally. Select markets that get the dual-sim variant may shell out a few more bucks. It will sell for €499 in Europe and $408 ($17) in the US as the Moto Z Play Droid on Verizon. An unlocked version will also be available on and definitely Amazon.