Moto Z3 Play announced; slim profile with some new camera features
Today, Motorola has officially announced their first 'Z' line device of 2018 -- the Moto Z3 Play. The new device will be the successor to their successful Moto Z2 Play smartphone and will offer a quality mid-range device to consumers at a friendly price point.
DIMENSIONS, DISPLAY, PROCESSOR
The new Moto Z3 Play is easily the best designed 'Play' model device in the series. Motorola trimmed down the bezels and completely removed the front physical home button. In place of the old home button, there is a thin bezel with 'Motorola' plastered on it. Trimming down the bezels allowed them to fit a 6.01-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display (2160 x 1080 resolution) with a 18:9 aspect ratio and a 79% screen to body ratio. The best thing is that there is no notch, but sadly still no headphone jack.
Sporting dimensions of 76.5 x 156.5 x 6.75 mm and weighing at 156g, the Moto Z3 Play still has a pretty slim housing. It is slightly heavier than its predecessor due to having a glass body. In addition, it has a splash-resistant coating that can handle accidental spills and splashes, but should not be submerged.
Under the hood, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with a 1.8 GHz octa-core CPU and 850 MHz Adreno 509 GPU. Additionally, the handset comes loaded with 4GB of RAM, Android Oreo 8.1 installed, and 32/64GB of internal storage with an option to expand memory via micro SD up to 2TB.
BATTERY AND CAMERA
Motorola has always put a focus on battery with their smartphones and the Moto Z3 Play should be another one that provides efficient battery life. To fuel the handset, Motorola incorporated a 3,000 mAh battery capacity and claims that the device will last all day. The company also claims the device will gain a half a day's battery life in just a half hour of charging. In addition, the device can support wireless charging via Moto Mods.
On the back of the handset, is a dual-camera that noticeably protrudes out. The 12-megapixel main rear camera should be efficient in low light thanks to it having a f/1.7 aperture. The secondary 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera will handle your portrait and bokeh effect shots. As for videos, it can record up to 4K Ultra HD quality at 30 fps (frames per second). Lastly, occupying the front, is a 8-megapixel snapper that has a f/2.0 aperture.
Cinemagraphs - This feature pretty much combines a photo and a GIF. It enables you to freeze a moment in a video while allowing you to keep part of the shot in motion.
Portrait Mode - Take portrait shots using the front or rear cameras. The background gets blurred keeping the main object in focus.
Spot Color Mode - Pick a single color to keep and the rest of the photo turns black and white.
Cutout Mode - With this feature, you snap a photo and replace the background with anything in your Google Photos library.
Google Lens - When directing the phone's camera at an object, Google Lens will attempt to identify the object and show relevant search results and information. For instance, take a picture of a business card and the feature will recognize numbers or text on it that you can interact with.
Moto Mod Capable - The Moto Z3 Play supports the use of Moto Mods, which allows you to add features to your phone such as a projector etc.
Gestures - Swipe left to go back, right to access recent apps, tap to go home, and more. One bar does it all and frees up screen real estate.
Fingerprint Scanner - Motorola shifted the fingerprint sensor to the side of the handset for a more natural way to unlock.
Face Unlock - Facial recognition software allows you to unlock your phone just by looking at it.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The Moto Z3 Play will be released sometime later this summer. In the U.S., the handset will be sold unlocked by a number of retailers for the starting price of $499. To sweeten the deal, Motorola is bundling a 2,000 mAh battery Moto Mod to go with the phone. Lastly, it will be available in one color: Deep Indigo.