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Motorola Moto Z3 Play
  • Operating system

    Android 8.1

  • Screen size

    6 in

  • Processor frequency

    1.8 GHz

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75

Motorola continues to bring its modular phones to life, with "Mods" that integrate with smartphones to increase their capacities. However, the brand had to change its base to keep up with the competition.

The design of this Moto Z3 Play is therefore evolving a little bit in order to follow the aesthetic trends, but it remains all in all classic and many smartphones are thinner in particular. If it is well finished and overall elegant, it lacks a default shell that would prevent the protruding edges from interfering with grip. Due to the "mods", it was necessary to find a new location for the fingerprint reader, and it is on the side, which is surprising but correct in use. However, a module is provided that acts as an external battery and sticks to the device, an efficient choice that also costs a huge amount of money for the Moto Z3 Play. There is no program seal, no mini-jack port for headphones, but a micro-SD port.

The screen, with its 18:9 aspect ratio and 6 inches diagonal, is doing well overall. Its only defect is a respect for colours that leaves something to be desired, and colours that are a little cold. For the rest, there is an infinite contrast, a brightness largely sufficient whatever the environment, and a definition of 2160 pixels by 1080, which offers a display comfort that allows to support a long reading session.

No jack port, but a USB-c adapter is available for the sound part of this Moto Z3 Play. The rendering is quite correct, and only the stereo image is slightly objectionable. The single loudspeaker, on the other hand, is just mediocre, being aggressive in some frequencies.

The power of this smartphone is quite sufficient for all uses, allowing you to switch from one application to another without worries. Even for games there is not much to complain about, even if the top-of-the-range competition often does a little better.

In the photo, the switch to two sensors does not have a particularly decisive effect on the overall quality. Admittedly, the Moto Z3 Play is reactive and provides balanced images, but the details are not very marked, the fault being a pronounced smoothing. In low light, the defects worsen and the colours fade under too much forced smoothing and annoying electronic noise. The portrait mode, the result of the action of the two sensors, gives rather good results, even if there are sometimes problems of differentiation between foreground and background. Video modes and selfies are well made.

The autonomy obviously depends on whether or not the additional battery module is used. Without it, the Moto Z3 Play is just fine, but with the score becoming quite logically very impressive, with almost 3 days in total.

Review of the Motorola Moto Z3 Play done by Julien Hany the 2019/02/22

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Key points

Photo resolution (Front camera)

8 MP

Video resolution

2160 p

Internal storage (Version 64GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM)

64 GB

RAM (Version 64GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM)

4096 MB

Processor frequency

1.8 GHz

Screen size

6 in

Thickness

6.75 in

Capacity

3000 mAh

PPI

402

Rugged

Yes

Weak points

Audio

No

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Technical specifications

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play has several versions, you will find the features of the 128GB / 6GB RAM, Single SIM version then on the (128GB / 6GB RAM, Dual SIM, 32GB / 4GB RAM, Single SIM, 32GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM, 64GB / 4GB RAM, Single SIM, 64GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM) alternative versions, only with features that are differents form the principal sheet.

General
Operating system Android 8.1
Available Yes
Released (US) January 2018
Original price (US) 500 $
Released (FR) July 2018
Street price (EUR) 499 €
Design Candybar
Color
Black
Rugged Yes
Type Dust
Splash proof
Display
Screen type Super AMOLED
Resolution 2160x1080 pixels
Screen size 6 in
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Colors 16 777 216
3D No
PPI 402
Network
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 850
900
1800
1900
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
UMTS Yes
UMTS Frequencies 850
900
1900
2100
HSPA Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Maximum theoretical bandwith 42 Mbit/s
CDMA No
4G LTE Yes
LTE Frequencies 700
850
1800
2100
2600
WiMAX No
Digital Camera / Video
Back camera Yes
3D No
Photo resolution 12 MP
Video resolution 2160 p
Flash Yes
Flash type Dual LED
Features Face detection
Geo tagging
High Dynamic Range Mode (HDR)
Panorama
Touch focus
Front camera Yes
Photo resolution 8 MP
Front Flash No
Sensor
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer No
Ambient light sensor Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Size and weight
76.5 in
6.75 in
156.5 in
156 oz
Motorola Moto Z3 Play
Height 156.5 in
Width 76.5 in
Thickness 6.75 in
Weight 156 oz
Hardware
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SDM636
Processor frequency 1.8 GHz
Core number Octo Core
RAM 6144 MB
Internal storage 128 GB
Removable storage Yes
Memory card microSD
microSDHC
microSDXC
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
802.11ac
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 5.0
Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
Low Energy (LE)
GPS Yes
GPS type A-GPS
USB Yes
USB version
USB connector type Type-C
USB features USB charging
Mass storage device
Audio No
HDMI No
DLNA No
NFC Yes
Infrared No
Multimedia
Music player Yes
Supported formats AAC+
FLAC
MP3
WAV
Video player Yes
Supports H.264
MPEG4
Radio Yes
Battery
Battery type Lithium-ion
Capacity 3000 mAh
Qi wireless charging No
Quick Charge Yes
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
Hardware
RAM 4096 MB
Internal storage 32 GB
Hardware
RAM 4096 MB
Internal storage 32 GB
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
Hardware
RAM 4096 MB
Internal storage 64 GB
Hardware
RAM 4096 MB
Internal storage 64 GB
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes



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