Specs summary


The Motorola Moto Z Play's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

16+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3510 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 21 days standby time, 1740 minutes (2G).

The Moto Z Play is the phone to get if you never want to worry about running out of juice.

- Mike Prospero , Tom's Guide 

It won't win any speed contests, but nice design, epic battery life, and an affordable price make this phone a winner.

- Jason Cross , GreenBot 

Reviews summary

Based on 24 reviews

What's good  

  • Modular accessories
  • Multi-day battery life
  • Vibrant screen
  • Clutter-free UI
  • microSD support
  • Fingerprint scanner

What's bad  

  • Bloatware
  • No optical image stabilization on camera
  • Fingerprint scanner placement

The Moto Z series brought the Moto line into the world of modular smartphones. With Lenovo’s latest release--the Moto Z Play--they’re hoping to bring modular access to the mid-level market.

Does this dialed back version still hold the magic reviewers loved about the Moto Z and Moto Z Force? Let’s see what they are saying!

The Moto Z Play features a glass and aluminum design that reviewers all loved. unlike the previous models, the Z Play includes a 3.5mm headphone jack. Some reviewers mentioned that a lack of curved edges made one-handed use harder. Many also questioned why the fingerprint reader couldn’t double as a home button.

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The back of the phone features the series’ modular accessory connector at the bottom for use with Moto Mods. Phone scooped summed up design opinions well, saying, “Absolutely nothing about the Z Play suggests it is less refined than the Z and Z Force. If anything, the glass surfaces make it look even more polished. It is a really nice piece of hardware.”

Flipping around front, you’re greeted by a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED panel. Reviews were stellar for display quality with the typical color saturation comments. Fortunately, Lenovo includes color profile options to tone things down if you prefer.

Lenovo scales back performance a bit from the higher priced offerings for the Z Play opting for an Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB of RAM. Talk Android noted, “For the most part the device holds up extremely well for everyday tasks.” You’ll also find 32GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 2TB to ensure you can keep your favorite media and apps on-hand with plenty of room for snapping pictures.

The 16MP rear camera fell just short of greatness for many reviewers. While the laser and phase detection autofocus ensure a fast picture taking experience, lack of optical image stabilization led many to have issues with fine details. However, reviewers love the quality of low-light and night images. Reviews were equally positive on the 5MP front-facing shooter. GreenBot tested the camera and said, “Despite the occasional grainyness and limited dynamic range common to more affordable phones, you can get some really nice shots with the Moto Z Play.”

The star of the phone for most reviewers was the battery. Clocking in at 3510mAh, the Moto Z Play features the largest battery in the series. Paired with the mid-tier specs, reviewers were getting two and three days on a single charge. Phone Scoop noted, “There's no question the phone can go from breakfast on Day 1 to bedtime on Day 2 with a solid reserve still in the battery. I was never able to fully deplete the battery during my tests over a week's time.” Add in support for Turbo Charging with the included cable and wall adapter and you should have little worry about battery life with this phone.

Overall, reviewers found the phone a great value. The biggest complaint didn’t come from the phone itself but the sheer amount of bloat installed on the Verizon-locked version of the handset.

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


A multi-faceted smartphone

from LaptopMedia
Moto Z Play is not a high-end smartphone but it definitely sits in the mid-range. This can be clearly seen at first sight when you spot the metal frame and elegant glass back, which attracts fingerprints though. The latter can be escaped if you add a Moto module, be it just a different panel or one with JBL speakers or mini projector. It is namely this option of adding various modules that is the main highlight in the entire Moto Z lineup, and it definitely appealed to us – the way you attach and detach the modules as well as the way they operate... Full review

Competitive edge in pricing and performance

from GSMArena
It is hard not to have mixed feelings for the Moto Z Play and for that matter, most new Moto offers. On the one hand, we're talking the legendary manufacturer (albeit now under Lenovo management) that many people still tend to trust for quality and reliability. Plus, in the new Vanilla Android world, where Google is no longer a distant overseer, looking down on its followers and guiding them, but rather an active market player in the big leagues, Motorola is still a go-to choice for a good AOSP experience... Full review

Trims the flagship phone’s specs for a more affordable asking price

from Recombu
The Moto Z Play is a great affordable mid-range mobile which boasts particularly strong battery life, plus strong media chops and the unique Moto Mods expandability. Of course, Moto Mods are still far from an essential feature, and we’re yet to see if Lenovo will support this modular functionality for the long haul. But even if not, the Moto Z Play should please users with its general all-round appeal... Full review

Outstanding battery life, fast processor

from VR-Zone
The Moto Z Play looks good and feels good. Specification-wise, it isn’t exceptional for its price, with a fairly standard processor and camera built in. However the user experience is smooth and fluid. The battery life is also a plus point and who doesn’t love extra modules that click on like Lego blocks? It’s exactly what I would look for in a midranger... Full review

One of the better smartphones out there today

from Digit
The Moto Z Play is a well built smartphone with very good battery life, and that's what you buy this phone for. However, you will be compromising on speed with the Snapdragon 625 SoC. It's a good phone for those who don't want to compromise majorly on camera and battery life... Full review

Lenovo leads the charge

from AndroidPIT

The Moto Z Play is the most affordable modular smartphone on the market. If this concept interests you, then it could be a cheaper option than the LG G5. However, I remain skeptical of this first generation of mods. Although the Lenovo system is ingenious, its first mods did not convince me. Worse still, its prices are discouraging. Fortunately, if you put the modular aspect of the smartphone aside, the Moto Z Play is a good smartphone that stands out for its long battery life. This advantage becomes one of the best arguments for purchasing it. Lenovo has found a way to market a modern... Full review


A tempting mid-range option

from TrustedReviews
If battery life is your biggest influencer when choosing a phone, but you don’t want a huge phablet, then the Moto Z Play should be right at the top of your shortlist. Although the huge battery does mean that compromises have been made elsewhere – performance and camera quality are both pretty average – they’re absolutely worth it for that extra juice... Full review

The best smartphone battery yet

from Alphr
The Moto Z Play is a strange one to assess. It has the same bold innovation as the Moto Z, but its extra chunkiness makes it inherently less appealing. It’s considerably cheaper, but slower, making it seem like worse value for money. Then again, it has both a record-breaking battery life and a 3.5mm headphone jack – both of which the Moto Z lacks... Full review
PC Advisor

Gorgeous modular phone at a mid-range price

from PC Advisor
The Moto Mods accessories are the main reason to buy the Moto Z Play, but it's a decent mid-range phone regardless. For an affordable price Lenovo offers premium design, good specs and a well-rounded software experience. You only really need to splash out on the Moto Z for the Quad HD screen, Snapdragon 820 and OIS camera should you feel the need for those features (but also bear in mind the more expensive version has no headphone jack and a smaller battery)... Full review

High quality build, great performance

from Notebookcheck

Like already the Moto Z, one of the main features of the Moto Z Play is its expandability via Moto Mods. These modules will be supported for at least three device generations according to Lenovo. However, buyers have to dig deeper into their pockets at first. Even if this might be considered senseless, looking at the Moto Z Play is recommendable: With its frugal and nevertheless sufficiently fast Snapdragon 625 SoC, it achieves a very long battery life, the screen convinces with high contrasts and good viewing angle stability, and the casing made of a metal-glass composition feels first-rat... Full review

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