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Comparison: Moto Z Play vs. Moto Z2 Play


Comparison: Moto Z Play vs. Moto Z2 Play

Comparison: Moto Z Play vs. Moto Z2 Play

Under the hood of the recently-announced Moto Z2 Play, you’ll find a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 626 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 12MP rear-facing camera with Dual Autofocus, a 5MP selfie shooter and a 3,000mAh battery. Pretty impressive, right? Well, probably not if you’re using its predecessor, the Moto Z Play.

You see, all of the upgrades the Moto Z2 Play brings to the table are incremental. There’s nothing revolutionary. The processor has had a slight boost in power, the RAM has gained an extra gigabyte and the battery has had 510mAh shaved off its capacity (the latter is a bit of a downgrade, if you ask us).

Sure, there’s a nifty new home button that not only doubles as a fingerprint reader, but also supports swiping gestures to compensate for the lack of on-screen buttons, and a handful of new Moto Mods (sold separately), but do they really warrant the $50 price hike? We don’t think so.

In all honesty, Motorola probably could have made all of the changes and still kept the $449 price tag the Moto Z Play shipped with. The new CPU and RAM module only marginally bump up the production cost and the firm is saving money by opting for a smaller cell.

At the end of the day, value is relative; it’s whether you think the Moto Z2 Play is worth $499. If you’re in the market for an affordable high-end smartphone, though, we’d recommend the original Moto Z Play as it’ll give you roughly the same power as its successor and presumably better battery life for a fraction of the price*.

Here’s how the Moto Z Play and Moto Z2 Play compare on paper:

Moto Z Play

Moto Z2 Play


5.5-inch (1920×1080)  AMOLED

5.5-inch (1920×1080) AMOLED


Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

Qualcomm Snapdragon 626





32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD)

32/64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 2TB via microSD)

Rear Camera

16MP, f/2.0, LED flash

12MP w/ Dual Autofocus, f/1.7,phase detection, LED flash

Front Camera







USB Type-C

USB Type-C


Android 7.0, planned upgrade to Android 7.1.1

Android 7.1.1


Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, Moto Mods

Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, Moto Mods


Ambient, proximity, accelerometer, gyro, compass, fingerprint

Ambient, proximity, accelerometer, gyro, compass, fingerprint


156.4 x 76.4 x 7mm

156.2 x 76.2 x 5.99mm




* At the time of writing, the lowest price we found for a sealed, unlocked version of the Moto Z Play on Amazon was $359.99. All other listings will likely drop in price over the course of the next few weeks.

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