Moto Z Play unveiled at IFA 2016: Specifications, Availability, and Pricing

Moto Z Play

Lenovo finally took wraps off the Moto Z Play at one of the biggest tech events – Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) 2016, held at Berlin. The Moto Z Play is the third entrant in the Moto Z series. Unlike the other two Moto Z smartphones – Moto Z Play and Moto Z Force; the Z Play comes with mid-range specifications. It is compatible with MotoMods accessories.

Regarding design, the Moto Z Play looks similar to the Moto Z and Z Force, except for its back panel, which is made up of glass instead of metal. The only problem with Glass back panel is fingerprint marks that users tend to leave every time they hold the device. There is a metal frame that combines both the front and rear panels of the Z Play. Also, the device is water-resistant, thanks to the water-repellent nanocoating. The front panel also features a fingerprint scanner, which is embedded into the Hone button.

If you look at the images, you can clearly see the MotoMods connectors placed on the lower side of phone’s back. The protruding rear camera lens on the device is to ensure secure attachment of MotoMods camera accessory. Unlike the Z and Z Force, the Moto Z Play features a 3.5mm audio jack. The audio jack is at the bottom of the device.

Moto Z Play Specifications

Moto Z Play

Coming on to the specifications info, the Moto Z Play features a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p AMOLED screen. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, 1.3um pixel, and f/2.0 aperture. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with Wide-Angle lens and LED flash. The Z Play runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and is powered by a 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 processor. It packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB internal storage (variants) with expandable storage up to 2TB via microSD card. It supports connectivity options such as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), NFC, USB Type-C port, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

A 3,510 mAh battery backs the Z Play, which is touted by the makers to last up to whopping “50 hours” on a standard usage. The Moto Z Play will go on global sale in September at a price of $449.99/499 Euros. For the US-based buyers, Verizon will sell a Droid-branded variant, priced at $408 or 24 monthly payments of $17. The Verizon-backed model will be available from September 8.

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