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Motorola Moto Z3 Play: say hello to larger screen, dual camera and a super-slim smartphone


Now in its third iteration, Motorola Moto Z3 Play is back – bigger, better and slimmer.

It has been a year since the Moto Z2 Play arrived at the scene back in June 2017. Here’s a quick recap of what it was all about:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~403 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Splash and dust resistant
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 chipset, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.4 µm pixel size and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1 OS
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Moto Mods
  • June 2017 release date
  • 379 British Pounds or ~ USD 499 price tag

Motorola Moto Z2 Play had a big shoe to fill, but it seems to be struggling against others in its price range. Anyway, you still get a good mid-range smartphone with all the look and feel that goes with it.

Now then, hope that everything will change come to the Moto Z3 Play; and here we go with its specs:

  • 6.01-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
  • Fullview Display
  • Front/rear glass (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminium frame (6000 series)
  • Splash and dust resistant
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 processor, Adreno 509 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF) + 5MP primary camera (no AF, depth sensor) and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm) and 1080p
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 512GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Moto Mods
  • June 2018 release date
  • USD 499 price tag

One year on, and the Moto Z3 Play seems to be doing its job well in keeping up with the times.

Starting with a much larger 6.01-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen that now comes with Fullview display resolution that lets you view more things on the screen.

At just 6.75mm thickness, Moto Z3 Play is one of the thinnest smartphones around. With an aluminium body, 2.5D shaped Gorilla Glass display and smooth rounded corners; it looks as great as it feels in your hand. Never let spills, splashes, or a little rain get in your way. A water-repellent coating helps protect your phone inside and out.

Moving on to the hardware, here’s where we can find the Moto Z3 Play still dabble in the mid-range department. Blessed with the Snapdragon 636 chipset, a decently fast Kryo octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM to boot.

Perhaps the biggest upgrade of all is on its camera – more specifically its dual 12MP+5MP primary camera combination. The amount of features and functions you can find on its camera ensures an excellent camera smartphone experience. Use advanced imaging software to adjust layers and colours, and even animate moments with cinemographs. Plus, discover your world with integrated Google Lens tools, like text translation and object recognition. Then there’s the 8MP selfie camera making it complete.

The novelty is still there, as you can use Moto Mods to enjoy immersive gaming with a handheld console, watch movies on a 70” projector screen, turn it into a boom box and so much more.

Finally, the Moto Z3 Play is sporting the latest Android Oreo 8.1 operating system, just as we expected it to be. Knowing Motorola, it should get an update to the upcoming Android P when the time comes. Now that should be able to add more value to the smartphone.


Motorola Moto Z3 Play features interesting upgrades here and there to keep previous buyers compel to upgrade. Larger 6.01-inch screen, super slim body, upgraded dual 12MP+5MP primary camera, better 8MP selfie camera, more powerful hardware are some of the highlights in replacing last year’s model. But again, the price is high though.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play had just been released in June 2017 for USD 499 price tag. There’s only one colour available which is Deep Indigo.

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