With IFA in full swing, let's take it back a few days ago when Lenovo/Moto announced the Moto Z Play. We all know about the Moto Z Force and the Moto Z, but now Lenovo has released a cheaper alternative to the Moto Z in the form of the Moto Z Play. The device may be cheaper, but it's certainly no slouch.
DISPLAY AND PROCESSOR
Despite having an identical 5.5" screen size as the Force and standard Z, the Play will only have a 1080p HD Super AMOLED display and 403 ppi (pixels per inch). Overall, it's a pretty solid screen, but is beat out by it's siblings. As far as the processor goes, the Z Play will include a 2 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and an Adreno 506 GPU. It may not be the latest and greatest processor by Qualcomm, like the Snapdragon 820, but it will get the job done and do it still very well. Combine that with 3GB of RAM and the Z Play will easily handle all of your tasks. Moto will have the Z Play run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.
BATTERY AND STORAGE
Perhaps the best thing about the new Moto Z Play is it's ridiculously long battery life. Moto touts that the Z Play will provide up to 50 hours (depending on the usage, of course) on a single charge, thanks to the big 3510 mAh battery capacity. This easily makes it the better phone out of the three in terms of battery life and one of the best, if not the best, overall on the market. TurboPower charging will enable the Z Play to regain 9 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging and will have a USB Type C charging port instead of the fading micro USB. The device will come with 32GB of internal storage with microSD card support of up to 2TB.
There is no shortcomings with the camera either. A 16 mega-pixel camera occupies the rear with laser auto-focus, and a f/2.0 aperture. The front-facing camera is 5 mega-pixels with a f/2.2 aperture and a wide-angle lens. However, for those who do not have the most steady of hands, the lack of OIS (optical image stabilization) will have videos seem jittery.
The Moto Z Play has a water repellent nano-coating and has the ability to use all of the Moto Mods
available including the newly released Hasselblad True Zoom camera mod. The new mod will provide users with a 10x optical zoom to capture detailed photos from any distance without losing resolution. The Hasselblad True Zoom mod also has Xenon Flash to provide even lighting in any kind of environment for crisp photos. It also has Google Photos integration and Hasselblad exclusive shooting modes. This new mod will cost $249.99.
The Moto Z Play is a Verizon Wireless exclusive that will be available for pre-order on September 8th with a modest $408 full retail price tag or $17 a month on device payment. The unlocked version will be released sometime in October and have a slightly higher price tag of $449.99. Will you be picking up a Moto Z Play?