Motorola Moto Z3 Play Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the Motorola Moto Z3 Play, by Motorola

- Analysis by KJ David


As its name suggests, the Motorola Moto Z3 Play, which resembles many of the best phablets out there, is tailored to gamers or users looking for a rather playful Android phone, but before we get to its high-class pros, let's examine a few slightly off-putting cons.

For one, it opts for an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor running at only 1.8GHz , which might sound adequate by middle-class standards, but certainly shies of the roughly roughly-2.5GHz eight-core engines powering the best octa-core smartphones on the market, a lot of which have tantamount screen real estates. We also found its 64GB maximum internal memory (Motorola ships a 32GB-only version as well) rather underwhelming, knowing that a good number of other high-end phablets offer 128GB or even 256GB native storage memories. That said, the fact that the Z3 Play supports mammoth 2TB microSD cards shrugs off the aforementioned weakness quite easily. It also comes with a 4GB RAM and an Adreno 509 graphics engine clocked at 850MHz, so it's hardware setup is not all that bad.

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The biggest difference-maker for this Moto model is its compatibility to Motorola's Moto Mods , which are various snap-on accessories that modify the phone's personality. Some options include a projector mod, a speaker mod, and a power pack mod that claims to extend its overall battery up-time to 40 hours. Speaking of battery life, the Z3 Play settles for a 3000mAh battery that fortunately comes with the brand's signature TurboPower charging technology , promising to replenish half a day's worth of power in just 30 minutes.

Its photography pros and cons are led by a depth-sensing dual rear camera that's composed of a 12-megapixel main cam and a 5-megapixel depth cam, calling up our list of the best smartphones for imaging. Its camera specs include a 4K-2160p video-recording , Dual Autofocus Pixel (PDAF), and a dual LED flash, all of which were commonplace high-end facets as of this Phonerated review. Sadly, its selfie cam fails to keep up with the sophistication of its rear cam setup, settling for a mundane 8-megapixel resolution .

As for its physique, the Z3 Play touts a large 6-inch Super AMOLED 18:9 screen with a tolerable FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution and it measures a mere 6.75mm slim without the rear camera bump, consequently making it one of the thinnest phones around. It also features a p2i water-repellent nano-coating in conjunction with its 6000 series aluminum fuselage and back-to-back 2.5D glass panels.

A few more of its pros and cons include a side-mounted fingerprint reader , Face Unlock, and the beta version (as of this write-up) of Motorola's Moto Voice voice control software.

Available in Deep Indigo, the Moto Z3 Play may have some flaws on the hardware front, but it still gives its tech-savvy target buyers a lot to play with.

** This phone is also known as: Motorola Z3 Play, Motorola Z Play Gen 3


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