Motorola’s moto x play ,review) proved to be the best phone of its time. And today, Lenovo’s Z-series smartphone Moto Z Play is once again grabbing headlines. The Moto Z series is the company’s new flagship range and it has replaced the X series model. However, Lenovo claims that The Moto X Series Isn’t Over But it is not yet clear whether the Lenovo Premier Tier smartphones will now be offered under the Moto Z range.

Accordingly, the Moto Z Play smartphone can be called a replacement for the Moto X Play. We got a chance to spend some time with this phone at the IFA event this year and oh this phone Has been launched in India. Now it remains to be seen how this phone competes in the market.

moto z play design and texture
moto z play smartphone z series moto z Not as slim as a phone. But actually it is a good thing. We would personally recommend getting a smartphone that is more secure and fits easily in your pocket. And being thick means that it has a good grip in the hands while holding and typing. However, we had a little problem with the length of the phone as it is not easy to fit in most pockets. With the style shell back cover, the phone feels coverless and the glass rear cover keeps the phone from slipping a lot. A style shell also comes with the phone.

The aluminum body makes the Moto Z Play feel like a rugged phone. The build quality of the phone is superb. We really liked the Moto X design, but the Z Play’s design isn’t bad either. The buttons given in the phone work well but feel a little small. Lenovo has tried to differentiate between the other buttons and the power button but it would have been better if they were given elsewhere or in a different size.

There is a SIM tray on the top and users can use two nano SIMs and a microSD card up to 2TB. The phone has a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone packs a 16-megapixel rear camera with a laser autofocus sensor on the rear and a dual-tone LED flash module. The front lens is provided with a styled shell to protect it from scratches. There is no speaker grille in the phone as the earpiece also acts as a loudspeaker.

Vibrant colors and sharp text are available from the 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display. The phone can be read well even in sunlight. Apart from this, we did not have any problem with the touch of the phone and it works well. The Android UI has onscreen buttons for navigation and a fingerprint sensor just below the screen which can be used to lock or unlock the phone. The fingerprint sensor works well though sometimes it fails to recognize the fingerprint.

On buying the Moto Z Play, customers will get a USB Type-C cable, 15W wall charger, headset, SIM projector and a guide. The quality of the headset that comes with the phone is not very good for a premium smartphone and its quality could have been better.

Moto Z Play Specifications and Features
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor has been given in Moto Z Play. Asus Zenfone models including the Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL) we reviewed recently have the same processor. We feel that the flagship Snapdragon 820 processor is easily available in most phones these days. But ultimately what matters more than the number is how the phone is optimized. Although the processor given in the Z Play is not as powerful as the Qualcomm flagship processor given in the Moto Z, but multitasking can be done easily with it.

With 3GB of RAM, the performance from the Moto Z Play’s software is fine. Talking about the statistics, the Moto Z Play performs well. Gaming performance in this smartphone is excellent and the phone works well.

Talking about the rest of the specifications, the phone has 32 GB inbuilt storage, Bluetooth 4.0, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, NFC and USB OTG. Supports 4G in both SIM slots. There is no separate information about VoLTE support in the phone. Apart from this, there is no FM radio and the lack of Wi-Fi 802.11 ac is also disappointing.

Like the Moto Z and other Moto smartphones, Android delivers a better experience. In the phone, multitasking can be done without any problem in animation. On average, 1.1 GB of RAM is free at all times. Apart from Moto Mods and Moto Apps, Android Marshmallow works like any other Nexus phone. Gesture based actions can be performed from the Moto app.

With Moto Action, you can toggle with hand gestures to operate the camera, flash light, etc. Swiping up from the bottom brings the screen to one-handed mode. You can see the time at first glance from the Moto Display and also get notifications when the phone is in standby.

moto z play performance
It’s hard to complain about app performance in Moto’s premium smartphone and nothing has changed in the Moto Z Play either. The general performance of the phone is fast and the smartphone runs cool even during active usage. The Moto Z Play does get a little hot while charging but the phone does not overheat while playing games and using the camera. All the mods that work with the Moto Z also work with this phone. And it gives the feel of the expensive Moto Z.

The multimedia playback of the Moto Z Play is excellent, thanks to the great display and good audio. Audio setting can be set separately for speaker and headphone. High-resolution videos and 4K video files also play well. Sound is also good. The earpiece speaker delivers good sound without any problems. The earpiece speaker delivers great sound and there is no problem even at high volumes.

The Moto Z Play sports a 16-megapixel camera with PDAF and laser autofocus. In daylight, landscape photos are captured with good detail and color production. Focus is sharp on the phone and though we sometimes had trouble locking focus on the subject during close-up shots.

Macro photos come out really well. Detail is reduced in landscape photos in low light. Overall, the pictures are good if you don’t crop the photos too much. If you manually tweak the Pro Mode by going to Settings, then better results can come.

Video recording in Full HD and 4K is very good. Slow motion videos recorded at 120 frames per second and 720 frames per second are also good. The camera app is basic but the popular shooting modes like Professional and Panorama capture good pictures. The front camera can take good selfies in good light and the front flash works well at night. The rear dual-tone flash performs well in a small room.

Battery life is another feature of the Moto Z that performs very well. The 3150mAh battery lasted for 17 hours and 4 minutes in our video loop test. During normal use, the gum could easily last the phone for a day and a half. Moto’s TurboPower feature provides quick charging, which charges the phone up to 26 percent in just half an hour.

our decision
Our current favorite Moto Z Play Smartphones Priced at Rs.24,999 oneplus 3 Hits the phone. Apart from this, Asus Zenfone 3 and Honor 8 Smartphones are also great all-rounders. The Moto Z Play does well in every department and is a very good all-rounder. Talking about the price, a more powerful processor could have been used in this phone and the lack of Wi-Fi 802.11 ac is also a big drawback. Also it is a bit heavy. However, for us the extra weight and thickness of the phone is not a problem but for some people the length of the phone may be a problem.

The Moto Z Play has a unique feature that is missing from other smartphones in this range and that is the support for Moto Mods. If you are thinking of investing money in this ecosystem then it will be a great decision. And the Moto Z Play isn’t expensive either.

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