Moto Z2 Play officially announced with new MotoMods
Last year’s Moto Z Play finally gets a successor which is a bit more expensive, a tad more functional and has even more MotoMods to play with. Lenovo just launched the Moto Z2 Play, which is a mid-ranger phone, and will retail in the market from $499 (Approx. Rs 32,200) from this summer.
The Z2 Play rocks a 5.5-inch FullHD display which is powered by a Snapdragon 626, and comes in two storage options of 3GB RAM/32GB ROM and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. There’s also a MicroSD slot for further expansion upto 2TB! Fortunately, the phone doesn’t skip on the 3.5 mm jack (which is becoming rarer by the day) and comes with a USB Type-C port. The phone is also water repellent.
In what seems to make an attempt to apparently make the phone look more attractive, Moto has decided to cut down on the battery from 3510 mAh to 3000 mAh (That dropped harder than my grades this year!) by making the phone only 5.99mm thin! But Moto claims that the power-efficient chip will make up for the loss in capacity. The TurboPower charger provides upto 50% of charge in just 20 minutes and the phone is rated to deliver upto 30 hours of mixed usage.
Coming to the camera department, the Z2 Play features a 12MP rear camera with a 1.4 micron pixel sensor, an aperture of f/1.7 and dual-led flash. The front snapper has a 5Mp sensor with a f/2.2 aperture.
The phone will run on Android Nougat 7.1.1 and will come with usefule features like Night Display which will reduce blue light emissions at night. The phone also gets a faster fingerprint scanner and new voice controls to make the phone handling effortless.
But what truly sets the phone apart from the others in the market is definitely the Mods that Moto offers with the phone which enhance the functionality of the phone in some way or the other. Moto claims to launch at least a dozen of Moto Mods this year. These MotoMods attach to the phone with the help of metal pogo pins on the back of the phone.
Moto announced the availability of three new MotoMods with the Z2 Play – the JBL SoundBoost 2, the Moto TurboPower Pack, and the Moto GamePad Mod. The older MotoMods will also be compatible with the phone.
The JBL Soundboost 2 is similar to last year’s offering but now comes in three colours, is splash resistant and can be controlled via a new app from JBL from your phone.
The Moto TurboPower Pack packs in an additional 3,490 mAh which can charge the phone at 15W speeds. The Mod itself supports TurboCharging and will gain half its health in 20 minutes.
The GamePad Mod is for android gamers who would love the additional help of dual control sticks and a D-pad to kill their games. The Mod comes with a 1,035 mAh batter of its own and so it won’t drain the phone’s battery.
Last year’s Moto Z Play made quite some noise when it was announced and we expect that its successor will definitely not subdue the good start. For now there is no word on availability in India, but its expected to hit soon.