Moto Z3 Play is Official: Bigger, Brighter, & Better

by Habeeb Onawole 0

The first of the third-generation Moto Z devices has now been officially announced. The Moto Z3 Play brings a bigger display, a new design, and some cool new features.

Moto Z3 Play

Moto Z3 Play Design

Because Motorola has to keep compatibility with existing Moto Mods, the Z3 Play isn’t very different when it comes to dimensions. The phone is still pretty thin at 6.75mm but it does look very different from the Z2 Play.

The larger 18:9 display means the bezels have to be trimmed and Motorola has done just that. However, the fingerprint scanner had to find a new home. Since it can’t be moved to the back of the phone, the scanner now resides on the right side, just below the volume buttons.

Moto Z3 Play official fingerprint scanner

There is 2.5D glass on both sides and the device has Motorola’s signature water-repellant coating which protects it from splashes and spills.

Moto Z3 Play Specs

The Moto Z3 Play has a 6-inch 18:9 display that Motorola has termed Max Vision. It is still AMOLED like its predecessors and the resolution is Full HD+.

The Snapdragon 626 from the Moto Z2 Play has now been replaced with the Snapdragon 636 mobile platform. There is 4GB of RAM and you can choose between 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

Motorola Z3 Play Camera

Last year’s model skipped the dual camera train but the Z3 Play comes with two cameras on the rear. The primary camera is a 12MP f/1.7 sensor and it has been paired with a 5MP secondary sensor. There is an 8MP sensor for selfies.

The camera software is packed with tons of features. Apart from the usual portrait mode, beautification mode, and face filters, there are some new features too. Some are listed below:

  • Cinemagraphs for making custom gifs from videos;
  • Selective Black and White – which turns off color for all except the subject;
  • Cutout mode – for changing the background of your photos;
  • Spot color – which lets you select just a color from your photo while the rest turns black and white.
Moto Z3 Play Color Pop
Moto Z3 Play Spot Color Mode

The Moto Z3 Play also comes with smart camera features such as landmark and object recognition, real-time text translation, and optical character recognition thanks to Google Lens.

The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Motorola’s own additional features like Moto Actions and Moto Voice. There is a 3000mAh battery with support for Moto’s TurboPower fast charging technology. Motorola claims the device has a 40-hour battery life when you snap on the 2,000mAh Moto Power Pack battery mod.

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Moto Z3 Play Price

The Moto Z3 Play will sell for $499 when it goes on sale this summer. It will come bundled with a free 2000mAh battery mod.