Today at IFA Lenovo has finally announced the Moto Z Play, the third member in the Moto Z family – of which the first two have been outed back in June. Unlike the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, the Moto Z Play comes with mid-range specs, but like its high-end siblings it is compatible with MotoMods accessories.
Its design is very similar to that of the Z and Z Force, except for the fact that the Z Play’s back isn’t made out of metal. Instead, glass is used, so beware of fingerprints. The two glass panels on the front and the back are attached to a metal frame however. And the water-repellent nanocoating is present this time around too.
Moto Z Play official images
The connectors for the MotoMods are clearly visible on the lower side of the phone’s rear, while its camera hump is pretty substantial too – but that’s intentional, so that you can easily attach each MotoMod. But perhaps the main hardware feature in this day and age is the 3.5mm headset jack on the bottom – yes, the Z Play has not gone the route of the Z and Z Force in this regard and opted to keep the legacy port around.
The Moto Z Play comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED touchscreen, a 16 MP main camera with laser autofocus, and a 5 MP wide-angle selfie shooter with a LED flash of its own. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, which has a 2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. The phone boasts 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, all the usual connectivity options, and a 3,510 mAh battery that should be enough for “50 hours” of use according to Lenovo. The Z Play runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
It will be out globally in September priced at 499. As we revealed yesterday, in the US Verizon will sell a Droid-branded version of the Moto Z Play, which will be priced at $408 or 24 monthly payments of $17. This model will be available on September 8.