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

LAUNCHAnnounced2018, June
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2018, June
BODYDimensions156.5 x 76.5 x 6.8 mm (6.16 x 3.01 x 0.27 in)
Weight156 g (5.50 oz)
BuildFront/rear glass (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminium frame (6000 series)
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
– Splash and dust resistant
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.01 inches, 93.2 cm2 (~77.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORMOSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
ChipsetQualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636
CPUOcta-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
GPUAdreno 509
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 400 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERAPrimaryDual: 12 MP (f/1.7, 1.4µm, DP PDAF) + 5 MP, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, Auto-HDR
Video[email protected], [email protected]/60fps
Secondary8 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), 1080p
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackNo
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone adapter incl.
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX
RadioFM radio
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, magnetic connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
– Fast battery charging 15W
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
MISCColorsDeep Indigo


Precious Okafor

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