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review with features, price and specifications

23 mayo, 2021

During this year Motorola has been introducing us to the new representatives of some of their most successful families. The Moto G line remains this year at the forefront of the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus, but the company still had to show you the new heir to its modular family.

The Moto Z saga opens this 2018 with the new Moto Z3 Play that will arrive in Spain next August, but that we have been able to analyze to tell you everything about him before its staging. Glass, dual camera and of course Moto Mods, we will tell you all about it below in our in-depth analysis.

Moto Z3 Play, technical characteristics

Moto Z3 Play


156.5 x 76.5 x 6.8 mm 156 grams


Super AMOLED 6 inches FullHD + 77.9% screen-to-body ratio


Snapdragon 636



Internal storage


Frontal camera

8 MP f / 2.0 wide angle lens

Main chamber

Dual 12 MP + 5 MP


Android 8.1


3,000 mAh with fast charge


499 euros

Modular glass-bathed design

Logically, when we talk about the Moto Z saga, the first thing we think about is modules. For this reason, the design of the Moto Z3 Play is something different from a normal phone and on its back we find the magnetic pins that allow Moto Mods to adhere.

Motorola returns to the origins and recovers the glass to cover the back of the new Z Play.

But in this model we find a rise towards the premium segment. And is that Lenovo has covered the glass back as it also did with the first model and with the new Moto G, a material that gives it distinction and premium air. I would like not to repeat myself with this topic, but the glass everything that is beautiful and smooth as a finish is dirty and tremendously dangerous.

The back of the Moto Z3 Play is a real magnet for fingerprints and of course, it multiplies the chances that the phone will slip from our hands by 100. However, the Z3 Play not as slippery as other glass phones, something that partly has to do with its dimensions, correct in hand and that facilitate the grip.


The phone without the Moto Mod that accompanies it and that we will mention later feels very comfortable in hand also due to its lightness, and despite having raised the size of the screen to six inches, it does not exceed 156 grams. In addition to being light and compact, the Z3 Play is surprisingly slim, which is also welcome to hold, although makes the camera stick out too much when Moto Mod is not applied, leaving the characteristic hump of the Moto Z line visible and scratch pleasure.

The fingerprint reader moves to the side to leave more space for a screen that, without being excessively adjusted to the edge, stands out with a 77.9% use of the front.

On the front, we are struck by how the manufacturer has managed to adjust the screen with frames that, without being minimal, are the best it has achieved to date. Yes indeed, the fingerprint sensor leaves the front to give more room to the screen and is placed on the right side just above the volume buttons.

It would have been a good option if the fingerprint sensor had served as the start button, but Motorola has chosen to pass this one to the right side, a location not very common in Android phones (except Sony devices) and it took us a little to get used to.

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In the upper frame we find the tray for microSD and SIM cards and in the lower one nothing more than the USB type C connector because (surprise!) Motorola has chosen to remove the headphone jack. Despite this, it incorporates a mini jack to USB type C adapter that we can also use with headphones that also come with a box.

Screen: that the brightness does not stop

Lenovo wanted to continue giving the Z3 Play more reasons to be a premium phone and it didn’t fall short in terms of display. Bet on AMOLED technology for this screen, with a 6-inch diagonal with a 19: 9 aspect ratio and FullHD + resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels), in addition to a density of 402 dpi.

As we can see, the data on the paper looks great, but let’s see what the whole experience is like. On the one hand the color reproduction is very good, the contrast is very marked and in general the settings that come by default also leave us a pretty good viewing experience.


The preset parameters arrive with a balanced level, something that is appreciated, because we can’t manually adjust any of them except the brightness for the purity of Android. And speaking of brightness, the level on this screen is more than enough with perfect performance both indoors and outdoors.

The screen complies in sharpness, color reproduction and brightness. In addition, the AMOLED achieves a good contrast for a remarkable visual experience.

This good performance is joined by its automatic setting, which responds quickly, even in the sharpest transitions from indoors to outdoors and vice versa. Finally, mention that if we have to look for some “hit” to this screen, it would be that the angles are not immune to forced postures. And it is that at some point we find the screen pulling greenish tones, although this only happens when we force the angles to the maximum.

Performance: flowing flowing

Motorola equips this phone with a mid-range SoC, the Snapdragon 636 accompanied by 4 GB of RAM so you are not short on multitasking or high resource demand. And according to our tests, this combination of processor and RAM has left us with an almost flawless experience.

As we say, these 4 GB of RAM allow the Moto Z3 Play to be “punch” necessary to arrive not only on a day-to-day basis, but also at times of greatest demand. In daily use, making calls, browsing the internet or using social networks, the phone answered problem, with zero lags or sudden shutdowns.


We can say the same when we go to a more intensive use. Here, even with the execution of applications with high demand of graphic resources, both with editors or extreme multitasking, the phone responded without problem without drops of fps or any kind of unusual behavior or erratic.


And as part of the performance we have to talk about unlocking systems. In this phone we find two biometric recognition systems. One is the fingerprint sensor, which, as we mentioned in the design section, Motorola places on the side to take better advantage of the front. This position may be more or less pleasant, but as I already mentioned in the first impressions, I reaffirm that it is very comfortable when unlocking with the mobile in hand, but a bit of an obstacle when the mobile is on the table.

Although the side is a rare location, it is comfortable and the performance of the fingerprint reader is impeccable.

It is a fingerprint sensor with impeccable performance: it quickly recognizes the fingerprint and unlocks the phone almost instantly. We can apply the same to the second biometric system of the Z3 Play: facial recognition. It comes without additions also due to the pure software issue, it is very easy to activate and it also quickly and accurately recognizes our face, even at slightly more forced angles and with less favorable lighting conditions, although we do not expect it to do so in total darkness.

As for the navigation on the phone itself, it has also been smooth, thanks in part to that pure Android which we will talk about later. Both the opening of applications and the transitions through the desktops, everything has been executed smoothly and normally. These have been our feelings with the Z3 Play and its performance, but we also leave you the results of the synthetic tests.

Autonomy: thanks Moto Mod

As we have seen, the Moto Z3 Play is strong in terms of performance, but what use is it to perform if we do not have the strength to endure? Well, this is responsible for the autonomy that in the case of this phone comes with a very, very interesting extra. The phone battery has an amperage of 3,000 mAh that together with the 2,000 mAh of the Moto Mod that includes with the box (and that is put and removed very easily) we add 5,000 mAh.


Motorola tells us that with this charge we can reach 40 hours of autonomy and my personal experience is about 35 hours with normal use, not too excessive but not cutting me, and with the brightness of the screen at half bellows.


It is true that when I went out to take pictures with the phone, these 35 hours were reduced, but in no case, not even giving it all the cane I could, did I find myself needing to look for a plug, nor was I afraid of running out of battery. In addition to this good autonomy, the phone arrives with the Turbo Power fast charging system and incorporate the charger to carry it out.

The loading time has also been a pleasure: we talked about 50 minutes to reach the full charge of the phone and about 30 to charge the Moto Mod (to charge it has to be docked to the phone).

Pure Android, sure success

As has become customary, Motorola is once again betting on a system with practically no add-ons. Lovers of layers and customization might miss a few tweaks within such a bare-bones version of the system, but certainly the fluidity that leaves when navigating the phone it has no comparison.

Moto Z3 Play Sof

The Moto Z3 Play arrives with the latest stable version of Android Oreo with no add-ons, which gives a clean and flat look not only visually but also when running. As bloatware we only have Google applications and a couple of applications to run the Moto Mods, something that is appreciated by the 64 GB of storage (expandable up to 256 GB via microSD) with which the phone arrives.

Moto Z3 Play Sof 2

As we say, Pure Android makes everything go smoothly although if we get fussy, it has a downside: we can’t customize some settings such as the parameters of the screen, but in general terms there are no downsides as far as software is concerned.

Cameras: duality looks better if the light accompanies

For now everything was going smoothly with the Moto Z3 Play but you already know “nobody is perfect”. And it is that his camera on paper has ballots to be a good average game in this field, however it has left us bittersweet sensations. The main chamber consists of two 12 and 5 megapixel sensors, the largest of them with a fairly interesting aperture, f / 1.7. In the case of the front camera, the Moto Z3 Play is left with a typical 8 megapixel sensor.


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