Rumored for months, the Moto Z2 Play has been finally introduced to the world. When compared with the last year’s model the new Motorola phone introduces changes to the external design, hardware, camera and the battery parameters. Except for great internals, the Moto Z2 Play provides, just as the recently unveiled Essential Phone, its users with extra functionality delivered by a modular design.
The successor to the Moto Z Play gets official. The Moto Z2 Play sports modular design and debuts along with four new Mods including Moto GamePad and JBL SoundBoost 2.
Although the Moto Z2 Play strongly resembles the Moto Z Play (at least at first sight), the phone comes with several upgrades. The tweaks includes a redesigned fingerprint scanner located on the front panel and an antenna band running along the edge of the back side. Furthermore, the device also arrives with a slimmer by about 1mm body profile when compared with the last year’s model. In addition, since the frame dimensions of the device remain unchanged the Moto Z2 Play is able to sync with the Moto Mods released in 2016. Quite clever, isn’t it? Meanwhile, a water-repellent nano-coating protects the handset against minor spills.
Specs-wise, the Moto Z2 Play is more than a decent mid-ranger. It houses a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen panel covered with Corning Gorilla Glass guarantying 1080p of resolution. Powered by an upgraded Snapdragon 626 processor, the phone is available in two RAM and ROM variants: 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB, both supporting microSD card expansion. Connectivity options are represented by a dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB-C port. Interestingly enough, the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack known from the last year’s device is also present.
In the optics department, the Moto Z2 Play offers a combination of a front wide-angle lens 5MP sensor and a 12MP primary camera with dual pixel phase detection autofocus and f/1.7 aperture capable to record 4K-quality videos.
As we already mentioned, the Moto Z2 Play is compatible with the original Moto Mods, including the Hasselblad True Zoom, JBL SoundBoost and others. In addition to the last year’s compartments the device offers some new ones. First of which is a Moto GamePad that allows you to turn your handset into a small portable gaming console with dual analog joystics and D-pad controls. Furthermore, the module delivers an additional 1,035 mAh battery to deliver some more gaming. If that still isn’t enough to you, the Moto TurboPower pack hides a 3,490 mAh battery with fast-charging support.
Moving on, the JBL SoundBoost has also received a predecessor. The splash-proof JBL SoundBoost 2 with built-in brings powerful 2x3W stereo speakers to the back side of the device. The module, just as the Moto GamePad packs an additional 1,000 mAh battery cell.
Those interested more in style than advanced gaming or sound experience can choose the Moto Style Shell with Wireless Charging. Available in four different patterns the module also includes wireless charging support for Qi and PMA charging pads.
Availability and Pricing
Speaking of the accessibility and pricing, the Moto Z2 Play is already available in Brazil. Later this month it is promised to debut globally, whereas in July the device is expected to hit the US shore dressed in gold and grey.
In the United States the phone will be distributed exclusively by Verizon at least at the beginning. Later this year it will go on sale unlocked via Motorola official store. As for the Moto Mods, they will become available internationally this summer with pricing starting at $39.99 for the Moto Style Shell to $79.99 for each of the other three modules. When it comes to the Moto Z2 Play itself it should be priced at something round $582.
source: Motorola Store