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Moto Z2 Play vs Moto Z Play: Should you upgrade?

01 June 2017 0

Motorola kicks off the June by announcing the slim upper mid-ranger smartphone Moto Z2 Play. The second gen of Moto Z is following the same Moto Mods compatible design like the original Moto Z Play. The new Z2 Play is Motorola's latest offering in the mid-range segment. For sure the device is capable enough to lure customers looking for a mid-ranger with near stock Android OS experience.

Also, it is important to mention that Motorola won't be releasing standard Moto Z variant this year but instead the focus is on the Play variant only. Once again Moto Z2 Play key selling feature will be its Moto Mods which once attached enhanced the device capabilities. Every certain Mod has its own advantage as it brings certain features.

Last year LG's G5 modular design was not well appreciated by customers but that's not the case with Moto Z Play. The reason behind the success of Moto Z Play was Motorola paid special attention to its Mods and spent millions of dollars to attract developers. Now the Moto Z2 Play is here everyone is keen to know how the latest device is different from its predecessor. Like always, we will compare both devices head to head to check out should you upgrade to the latest Moto Z2 Play or not.

Also what kind of perks new Z2 Play is bringing which original Moto Z Play lacks. Starting with the design which is first thing buyers consider before making a purchase.

76.4 x 156.4 x 6.99 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
76.2 x 156.2 x 5.99 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
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Design and Display

On first look, the design of both devices is not much different. Also, both have 5.5-inches footprints which for sure is because of Moto Mods compatibility. Moto Z2 Play is extremely thin at just 5.9mm whereas the original Moto Z Play thickest portion was 7mm. This shows Motorola wants to make sure device looks slim even after attachment of Mod.

However, the slim profile effects the battery cell of the device. The Moto Z2 Play is featuring a 3,000mAh battery cell whereas the Moto Z Play was featuring relatively large 3,510mAh battery cell. The Moto Z Play rear panel was glass whereas the Z2 Play rear is more rigid thanks to the solid metal body.

Both the devices are water and dust resistant. However, the company never mention rating in term of IP but they claim their coating provides protection at the component level. Both devices support payments using NFC. The fingerprint scanner on the original Moto Z Play was in squarish shape whereas the Z2 Play has a pill-shaped sensor similar like recently announced Moto G5 Plus. Also, this sensor brings fingerprint gestures.

As far as display is a concern, both the devices are featuring AMOLED display of 5.5-inches with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Being a mid-ranger it doesn't bring HDR or any hi-fi display support.


In terms of hardware, Motorola didn't bring any major change in the Z Play and Z2 Play. The original Moto Z is packed with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 SoC clocking at 2.0GHz whereas the latest Z2 Play packed with Snapdragon 626 SoC clocking at 2.2GHz. However, the major change is in the RAM on board.

The Z Play was packed with 3GB RAM whereas the Z2 Play is pre-loaded with 4GB RAM which makes sure device runs smoothly and perform all tasks without any lag. The native storage of base variant is 32GB whereas the top of the line variant has 64GB storage. Its internal storage is further expandable using the external MicrosSD card. Let's check out more specs details in the tabular form below.


Moto Z Play

Moto Z2 Play


5.5-inch AMOLED 5.5-inch AMOLED

Screen resolution

1080 X 1920 Pixels

1080 x 1920 Pixels


156. 4 x 76.4 x 6.9 156.2 x 76.2 x 5.99mm
Weight 165g 145g


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 626
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506





32/64GB expandable

32/64GB expandable

Rear camera

16MP with F/2.0 aperture

12MP with F/1.8

Front facing



Headphone jack

3.55mm headphone jack

3.55mm headphone jack
Battery 3,510mAh 3,000mAh
OS` Android Nougat 7.0 Android Nougat 7.1
USB Type-C port


IP68 certification Yes Yes

On the software front, the Moto Z2 Play is featuring the latest Android Nougat 7.1 straight out of the box with minimum bloatware. The best thing about Moto custom UI is it is very light over the stock version and also overall experience is pretty much similar to stock Android OS. The latest version brings the Google Assistant. On the other hand, the original Moto Z Play is updated to the Android Nougat. A special Moto app is on board which brings a number of gestures for users. Overall experience is quite amazing on both Motorola smartphones.


Motorola once again proved that higher megapixels don't guarantee that the device camera will perform better but instead it is about the sensor size, optimized software, and light conditions. The Moto Z2 Play sensor has improved auto focus. The laser Assist autofocus of Moto Z works up to 3 meters only whereas the Moto Z2 Play capabilities are enhanced up to 5 meters.

Unfortunately, Motorola yet to include Optical Image Stabilization to Moto Z Play lineup. The rear primary lens of Moto Z2 Play is 12MP with F/1.7 aperture. The sensor is accompanied with dual LED flashlight. Up front, the sensor is 5MP to capture high-quality selfies and video chats.

As opposed to that, Moto Z Play rear primary sensor is 16MP with F/2.0 aperture. It also features dual LED flashlight. Considering the aperture size of sensors, the Moto Z2 Play sensor will capture more light in low-light conditions. On the front facing side, the sensor for selfies is 5MP. The best thing is both devices camera functions can be controlled manually as well.


As I mentioned above, this year only Moto Z2 Play is announced to support modular design and Moto Mods. Motorola has no intentions to announce the standard Moto Z successor at least this year. The new Moto 2 Play is extremely thin and although its battery cell is smaller there is a Moto Mod with the external battery so it won't be an issue at all.

The overall experience of modular design is enhanced thanks to the latest Android Nougat 7.1 and an extra gig of RAM is pretty helpful in boosting the experience. The Moto Z2 Play will be initially released for the South American and Brazilian customers from today. Motorola Z2 Play launch is scheduled for June 8th. The US, UK, and European customers will have to wait till July to grab this device. The Moto Z2 Play will be available for the aforementioned markets at a price tag of $499.

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