Moto Z3 Play Comes With a Lot of Changes Over the Moto Z2 Play: Detailed Breakdown

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After a lot of speculations and hype, the Moto Z3 Play smartphone has been made official by Motorola. This new device by the Lenovo owned brand comes with a lot of improvements over its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Play. Although, in the US the phone is shipping with a price tag of $499, which translates to Rs 33,460. With that price tag in the US, the Indian release of the phone is highly unlikely to cross the Rs 35,000 mark since it will be set to compete with other releases like the OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10. However, it remains to be seen how the phone fares against these flagship killer releases. Below we have detailed the entire specifications which differs the Moto Z3 Play and Moto Z2 Play.


Design and Display
The Moto Z3 Play comes with a 6.01-inch (1080 x 2160 pixels) Full HD+ screen with a standard 18:9 aspect ratio and it also features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. In comparison, the Moto Z2 Play had a 5.5-inch display with a much dated 16:9 aspect ratio, Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Due to the narrow bezels, the new phone doesn’t increase much in size. These smaller bezels on the latest phone are also going to be the reason for its more screen real estate. Another step up in the Moto Z3 Play, is the glass back on this phone which comes with Corning Gorilla 3. Besides being heavier and thicker to its predecessor, the phone also sets itself apart by sporting a fingerprint sensor on the side rather than on the front. In fact, the Z3 Play is similar in size to the Z2 Play as one can use the first generation Moto Mods on the newly launched device.

Contrary to the Moto Z2 Play which used to sport Snapdragon 626, the new Moto Z3 Play features a Snapdragon 636 Octa-core SoC under the hood. The Moto Z3 Play is launched with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The tough task for the Moto Z3 Play can be the other smartphones like Redmi Note 5 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro M1 which sport the same SoC as the Z3 Play but come at a much affordable price.

Moto Z2 Play

Software, Camera and Battery
The Moto Z3 Play features a dual camera setup of 12MP+5MP with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual-tone dual-LED flash. On the front, there is an 8MP shooter for selfies. This is a serious upgrade from the Moto Z2 Play which sported 12MP primary camera with phase detection and laser autofocus and dual-LED dual-tone flash. On the front, the Moto Z2 Play used to come with a 5MP camera. Keeping the camera aside, some buyers might be disappointed to know that both the devices, Moto Z3 Play and the previous Moto Z2 Play come with the same 3000mAh battery.

The Moto Z2 Play was priced in India at Rs 27,999. Like we mentioned above, the global price of the device has been set at $499. The price which on converting comes out to be Rs 33,460 is likely to remain close to that while it starts selling in the country. Also, the factor that Moto has a manufacturing unit in India increases the chances of the phone being cheaper than we expect it to be since it will reduce importing charges.

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