After passing through countless leaks and rumours, the Moto Z3 Play is now official. At a special event in Brazil, Motorola has pulled the wraps off the Z3 Play, which by far is the best Moto smartphone launched by the company this year. The Moto Z3 Play is a major upgrade over its predecessor Moto Z2 Play. The Z2 Play was a minor upgrade over the Moto Z Play, but that’s not the case this year. The Z3 Play packs the much-powerful Snapdragon 636 SoC, comes in a 6GB RAM model, boasts dual rear cameras and retains the slim nature of what the Moto Z2 series is known for. Motorola even revealed the price of the smartphone, which is set as $499 (approx. Rs 33,700) in the United States, but it will be released with a different price tag in India.
Moto Z3 Play Specifications and Features
The Moto Z3 Play follows the trend of 2018 smartphones and received an 18:9 display on the front. It sports a 6.01-inch Super AMOLED display on the front. At the heart of the phone, there’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, mated with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot as well for storage expansion.
The USP of the Moto Z series the Moto Mods support and the same continues with the Moto Z3 Play. The Moto Mods can be sticked to the back of the phone with the help of the magnetic pins. Motorola has already created an ecosystem of Moto Mods ranging from speakers to cameras. Also, Motorola has got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, like it did with the Moto Z2 Force last year. The Z3 Play has a USB Type-C port at the bottom.
The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the right side of the phone, which now sits beneath the power button. That’s completely understandable as Motorola did not want to ditch the biometric sensor completely.
Moving on the cameras, the Moto Z3 Play has dual rear cameras at its back- a primary 12MP sensor is paired to a 5MP depth sensor. Up front, the company has added an 8MP shooter. Motorola also rolled out various new features with the new smartphone, one of them is the cinemagraphs that allows users to freeze objects in a video.
Like other Moto devices, the Z3 Play also runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with minimal touches from Motorola. The battery size is unchanged at 3000mAh and the phone measures 6.75mm this time around.
Motorola is also shipping the Moto Z3 Play with a free battery mod inside the box in the United States, something which the company has done with the Moto Z2 Force in India.