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Motorola Moto Z3 Play Review (Full Specifications and Price)

motorola moto z3 play

Motorola just announced their latest mid-range Z Play line of phones, the Motorola Moto Z3 Play.

The Motorola moto z3 play sports a glass front and back with aluminium sides. Also, there’s a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM with 32GB of inbuilt storage, and 3000mAh battery.

Furthermore, there’s a dual-camera package on its rear with one 12MP snapper and a 5MP depth sensor. While the front has an 8MP selfie camera. There’s a USB-C port on the bottom, with a microSD slot, and no headphone jack.

This post reviews this device.

Design and display

Motorola Moto Z3 Play

With sleek Aluminium sides, it sports a glass front and back. Not forgetting the side place Fingerprint Scanner too.

This phone also has a 6.01-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive  Touch-screen, with 16M colours. With a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, it has an 18:9 aspect ratio(~402 ppi density). The screen has a 156.5 x 76.5 x 6.8 mm (6.16 x 3.01 x 0.27 in) dimension. Also, it weighs about 156g.

To protect the screen, The Motorola Moto Z3 Play has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection. In addition, this device is dust and splash resistant. Also, the Motorola Moto Z3 play supports multitouch features.

Hardware and Software

Motorola Moto Z3 Play

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play smartphone comes with Android 8.1 (Oreo) operating system.

Powering this Device is the Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 chipset. Furthermore, it also comes with an Octa-core processor that clocks at 1.8GHZ.

In terms of Graphics handling, the Adreno 509 GPU comes to the rescue.

Multitasking is possible due to its 4GB of RAM. This phone has a whooping 32GB of inbuilt storage in its first variant, and 64Gb in its other variant.

Its internal memory can be expanded to up to 400GB  with the use of a Memory Card. In addition, this device comes with some sensors like Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass sensors.

Camera and Battery

Motorola Moto Z3 Play

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play comes loaded with a Dual: 12 MP (f/1.7, 1.4µm, DP PDAF) + 5 MP rear camera. With dual pixel phase detection autofocus, and dual-LED dual-tone flash.

Also, it boasts of other features like Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto-HDR, and panorama.

Meanwhile, for selfie lovers, there’s an 8 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), 1080p front camera for taking selfies even in dark places.

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play comes with an amazing 3,000mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery. It also has a fast charging feature included.


The Motorola Moto Z3 Play should sell at $499, which is equivalent to N179,889.

Finally, here are the full specs of this amazing phone.

Full Specs

LAUNCH Announced 2018, June
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2018, June
BODY Dimensions 156.5 x 76.5 x 6.8 mm (6.16 x 3.01 x 0.27 in)
Weight 156 g (5.50 oz)
Build Front/rear glass (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminium frame (6000 series)
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
– Splash and dust resistant
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.01 inches, 93.2 cm2 (~77.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636
CPU Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
GPU Adreno 509
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 400 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.7, 1.4µm, DP PDAF) + 5 MP, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, Auto-HDR
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps
Secondary 8 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone adapter incl.
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX
Radio FM radio
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, magnetic connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging 15W
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Deep Indigo


Precious Okafor

I am Precious Okafor (White Angelis) a passionate entrepreneur and digital marketer.

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