Moto-Z is the new series that Motorola has newly launched in the market. After a successful stint of the G series, the Z series is all set to build on the fame which was created by the Z. Lenovo and Motorola are in a battle for being the leading smartphones in their segment. Motorola has been active in the mobile market of the country by releasing good smartphone’s one after another. They’ve really left no ends untied when it comes to performance. Many companies are trying to chase down Motorola but it seems like it will be a daunting task to pull down Motorola. The phone which we are going to talk about today is the Moto-Z Play which is priced at Rs. 24,999/-. Let us see how does it fare and if it is actually worth the price and hype that it has created. 

Looks & Design

The Moto-Z Play isn’t as slim as its siblings but that what makes it muscular and much more meaner. A firm grip can be achieved by the good build of the phone especially when we are typing or travelling amongst a big and rough crowd. Without the back shell cover, the phone feels a bit jeopardized because the phone battery is right underneath the cover. The phone is silky smooth with regards to the glass back. The aluminum frame across the side of the body gives the phone a very adventurous feel. You can expect a rough and tough durable from the phone which can help us use it is day to day chores. The front screen buttons which consists of a back, home and menu button is quite responsive but the length and dimensions of the buttons are comparatively smaller which makes it a bit weird to operate.  The back of the phone consists of a 16-megapixel camera with a 3.5mm audio socket at the bottom. The speakers of the phone have no grille because the earpiece acts as a loudspeaker. There are two slots in the sim tray where two Nano-sims and a microSD card can be put. 


Display & Resolution

The Moto-Z Play has a full-HD 5.5 inch Amoled display which gives is structured colors with great vibrancy and detailed contexts. We can view the phone nicely even in bright sunlight. The touchscreen of the phone is one of the best in the market, undoubtedly. The hit-rate of the phone is okay’ish as it couldn’t reciprocate to the touches. Just below the screen there is a fingerprint touch just like in an iPhone. Inside the packaging box of the phone we will find a USB Type-C cable, 15w Wall charger, headset, instruction pamphlet and a SIM ejector. The Amoled screen helps viewing content and also helps us using the smartphone in natural and even in dull light. Not many phones can come out with this quality of display and resolution.



Performance & Battery

The Moto-Z Play using an operating system of Android V6.0.1 (marshmallow) which can be upgraded to v7.0 (Nougat). The chipset used is the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625. The CPU is of an Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 with an Adreno 506 GPU. The memory of the phone goes up to 256GB and an internal memory of 32GB with 3GB worth of RAM. The battery of the phone is non-removable Li-Ion 3510 mAh battery which is said to be a fast charging one. The battery life of the phone is said to be around 100hours which is good. The chipset used in this phone is the same of the Zenfone 3. We expect it to withstand whatever we can throw at it because it is a very good chipset with tremendous power. The CPU can be accredited with the fine and crisp software of the phone. The graphics processor of this phone could have been a bit better because it attained approximately 23fps which is fairly less. Even though knowing that, the gaming experience of the phone is good. Multitasking on this phone is fun with no lag during the process. The battery life of the Moto-Z Play is very impressive, with a 3510 mAh battery, it could manage a runtime of around 17hrs. The TurboPower feature in the battery enables the phone to charge around 25% in 30 minutes. 


The camera quality of the Moto-Z Play is also nice with a 16-megapixel with laser and autofocus. In broad daylight, shots are captured with precision and the color contrasts are refined. The auto-focus on the phone works just fine but sometimes close-up objects are a bit too hard to get focused upon. The noise levels are within their limits despite any decrease in details. Final images on the phone are good until we crop them, then it becomes a bit out of focused and doesn’t fit into a desired frame. Image stabilization is nice without any blurness after focusing on the object. 




The phone has a good multimedia mechanism with decent playback thanks to good audio and video quality. Even though the headphones of the phone could be a bit better but the individual settings in the application can help us tweak it a bit. Video with high quality are played without any fuss which includes even the 4K video files. Even at high volumes, the headphones don’t get distorted and they sound massive with equal levels of bass and treble. 


Networking & Connectivity

Moto-Z Play has a lot of specifications and features with a Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wifi 802.11b/g/n, NFC and USB OTG. This phone supports both 3G and 4G components. There is no radio and so is Wifi 802.11ac support which is really disheartening. 

Suggestto Verdict

At the price suggested, it is really give the OnePlus3 a run for its money. This phone gives a brilliant all-round experience which makes it extremely user-friendly. They could have done better with using a powerful processor. Without the Style Shell, the phone is a bit naked and even though it may be a bit heavier, the size of the phone is what matters because it may just not fit in your pockets. Otherwise, this phone is a good buy in this segment.

General Details

Moto Z
Black, White, Silver

Configuration Highlights

Operating System
Android OS, v6.0.1
Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Product Dimensions

7 mm
76.4 mm
156.4 mm
165 g

Display & Resolution

Screen Size
5.5 inches
Display Type
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Display Resolution
1080 x 1920 pixels


Front Camera
5 MP
Rear Camera
16 MP
Camera Technology


32 GB
2000GB (MicroSD Card)

Network & Connectivity

SIM Slots
Wireless LAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
v4.0, A2DP, LE


Battery Type
Non Removable
Battery Run Time
20 hours


1 year