Moto Z Play Launched: A Cheaper Variant of the Moto Z

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Lenovo has officially announced the Moto Z Play at IFA. The Moto Z Play is a cheaper variant of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force and is priced at $408 in the US and will be available in September.

The Moto Z Play design is inspired from the Moto Z, but instead of using a metal back, it now comes with a glass back. However, there is a metal frame for the sturdier feel. What makes the Moto Z Play similar to the Moto Z, though, are the 12 magical pins connectors on the back which are used to connect modular accessories known as Moto Mods.

Photo Source: Cnet
Photo Source: Cnet

Moto Z Play Hardware Specs: 

  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, 403ppi
  • 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
  • Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • Single Nano-SIM / Dual SIM
  • 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Laser Autofocus, PDAF, 1.3um pixel, f/2.0 aperture
  • 5MP front-facing camera, Wide-Angle lens, LED flash
  • Fingerprint sensor on the front
  • Front-ported loudspeaker,3-mic support
  • Dimensions: 156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm; Weight: 165g
  • Moto Mods connector, Water repellent nano-coating, 3.5mm audio jack
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, USB Type-C port
  • 3510mAh battery with Turbo charging

Just like the Moto Z, the Moto Z play currently supports four Moto mods:

  1. JBL SoundBoost Speaker: comes with a speaker for listening to music, offers 10 hours of music playback with an inbuilt battery inside, has a kickstand that can be kept in a table.
  2. Moto Insta-Share Projector: mini projector that projects the display of the Moto Z into 70-inch screen; built-in battery provides 1 hour of backup
  3. Power Packs: provides 22 hours of battery life; sleek looking device.
  4. Moto Style Shell: customizable back covers that can be attached to the back of the phone with a Magnetic snapback

The Moto Z Play will be available in Black,  Silver, USBlack Slate, White, Fine Gold and Sugar White colors. The pricing of Moto Z play is slightly different in a different region. It is priced at US$449.99 in the international market, in Europe it will be available for 499 Euros, and in the US it will be available from Verizon carrier as Moto Z Play Droid Edition for $408.