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23 mayo, 2021

Motorola’s mid-range increased with the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at the beginning of the year, but the company still has more bullets in its chamber and they just fired one they had been talking about for a while. Its about Moto Z2 Play, the successor to the supergamamedia that we met last year at IFA and that this year comes sooner.

As we saw last year, the Z Play series is responsible for bringing the concept of Moto Mods to the intermediate segment of the brand’s catalog and the Moto Z2 Play follows in the wake of the first model, but with interesting improvements in points such as the camera, the design or the memory. In addition, it comes from the hand of new Moto Mods. We tell you all about the Moto Z2 Play.

Unibody metal suit and a more integrated fingerprint reader

At first glance, the Moto Z2 Play follows a fairly continuous design line, but if we look more closely, there are important changes, the first one affects the materials. The first Moto Z Play already had a metal frame, but the back was covered in glass. In this case, Lenovo bets on a aluminum chassis made in a single piece. Available colors are dark gray with a black front, silver with a white front, and gold with a white front.

Moto Z2 Play

If we look at the rear, in addition to aluminum, we also have the connector for the Moto Mods and the camera, which again protrudes from the chassis, and it is that in Lenovo they are still determined to bet on thinness and the new model becomes even thinner (5.99 mm) -even if it means sacrificing autonomy, but we will talk about that later.

The Moto Z2 Play wears metal and leaves behind that unflattering square fingerprint reader, but it is still determined to be the slimmest of its kind and this has consequences.

Another detail that has changed in the design is the fingerprint reader. It is again located on the front, but finally Lenovo abandons that unflattering square shape to bring us an oval reader that integrates much better into the chassis. This detail was already released with the Moto G5 and, judging by the leaks, it will extend through the rest of its catalog. A remarkable detail is that the fingerprint reader, in addition to unlocking, also accepts gestures to move around the interface.

Regarding size, in the absence of confirming the exact dimensions, we continue to see the same trend from last year. With a screen 5.5-inch Super AMOLED FullHD and some rather prominent bezels, the Moto Z2 Play is closer to the phablet concept. This is a delicate point due to Moto Mods, and is that to be compatible with all models, they need to have a size, not exact, but rather approximate.

Speaking of Moto Mods, the Moto Z2 Play comes from the hand of GamePad, an accessory that turns the terminal into a kind of console controller and adds 1,035 mAh. It also comes with a new JBL speaker, wireless charger, and more Moto Style Shells.

Moto Z2 Play: technical specifications

Moto Z2 Play

Inside, the Moto Z2 Play comes with some cool improvements. The processor is a Snapdragon 626, a slight improvement over last year’s Snapdragon 625, but it does score somewhat with the 4 GB RAM, compared to 3 GB of the first model. It also increases the internal memory from 32 to 64 GB.

The cameras are another of the points where the Moto Z2 Play is ahead of its predecessor. As we already saw in the Moto G5 Plus, the low resolution sensor, in this case from 16 to 12 megapixels, but it introduces a more advanced focusing system and a brighter lens. In this case, Lenovo ups the ante with a hybrid focus that fuses Dual Pixel technology and laser focus and that, depending on the brand, it can focus on objects up to five meters away and in almost total darkness.

Regarding the lens, that of the Moto Z2 Play offers a aperture f / 1.7 and next to it a dual-tone LED flash has been placed. By the way, the front camera also widens the aperture (f / 2.0) and adds a two-tone LED flash to improve selfies at night.

We have improvements to RAM, internal memory and cameras, but the battery drops to 3,000 mAh.

Where there are no improvements, but rather the opposite, is in the battery. Last year’s model featured a 3,510 mAh battery, but this year the capacity has been reduced to 3,000 mAh. Despite this clear decrease, Lenovo continues to highlight the autonomy of this model, ensuring that it offers up to 30 hours of duration, although we have our doubts, especially since the brand also highlights the benefits of the Moto Power Pack, an accessory with a 2,200 battery mAh, a detail that it seems to be telling us that we won’t get enough of the built-in battery. Of course, what have not been left by the way are the TurboPower fast charging or the USB-C and minijack connectors.

In terms of software, Lenovo continues to bet on a practically clean Android version, which in this case comes in its 7.1.1 Nougat version. The company limits itself to including some functions that it calls ‘Moto Experiences’ such as gestures to open the camera or on-screen notifications. In this case, in addition, it also comes with the Night Display mode to reduce the blue light of the screen and a new option called Moto Voice with which we can control the mobile with our voice.

Next, we leave you with a table of specifications in which we face the new Moto Z2 Play with its predecessor so that you can compare all the changes.




Super AMOLED 5.5 inches FullHD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels 401 dpi

Super AMOLED 5.5 inches FullHD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels 401 dpi Corning Gorilla Glass 3


5.99mm thick 145g

156.4 x 76.4 x 7 mm 165 g


Metal unibody Compatibility with Moto Mods Front fingerprint reader Splash resistant

Metal structure, glass back Compatibility with Moto Mods Front fingerprint reader Splash resistant


Snapdragon 626 octa core 2.2 Ghz Adreno 506

Snapdragon 625 octa core 2.0 Ghz Adreno 506



3 GB


64 GB + MicroSD

32 GB + MicroSD


12 MP, Dual Pixel AF + laser, f / 1.7, dual-tone flash, auto HDR, 4K movies

16 MP, PDAF + laser, f / 2.0, dual-tone flash, auto HDR, 4K videos


5 MP, f / 2.0, dual-tone LED flash

5 MP, f / 2.2, LED flash


Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgrade to Nougat)


LTE, WiFi a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, minijack, USB-C

LTE, WiFi a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, minijack, USB-C


3,000 mAh TurboCharge

3,510 mAh TurboCharge

Moto Z2 Play: price and availability

The Moto Z2 Play has been announced in Brazil, a country where it can be purchased starting today at a price of 1,999 reais. The terminal will reach more countries throughout this monthAlthough Lenovo has not specified the price, only in the case of the United States do we know that it will cost $ 499.

Updated 07/13/17: Motorola Spain has confirmed that the Moto Z2 Play will go on sale next August at a price of 449 euros.

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