Motorola Moto Z3 Play

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
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The Motorola Moto Z3 Play currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.01"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play is a solid contender in the $500 range. It covers the basics and then some, while offering flexibility thanks to the selection of Moto Mods accessories. In the $500 space, few phones offer as much value as the Motorola Z3 Play, particularly if you're looking for an unlocked...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Android Central

The Moto Z3 Play is a very good mid-range smartphone that works on every U.S. carrier. But a mediocre camera and early software bugs keep it from getting my unreserved recommendation.

- Daniel Bader, Android Central
Cnet

The Moto Z3 Play's two-day battery life is great, but at its current price, it can't compete with the OnePlus 6.

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet
Android Authority

The Moto Z3 Play is priced at $499 unlocked in the U.S., which is fair for what you get, but not the greatest value. As a comparison, the OnePlus 6 costs only $30 more and gives you high-end specifications, a better camera, and a headphone jack. When judging the phone on its own merits the Z3 Play i...

- Lanh Nguyen, Android Authority
Neowin

The Moto Z3 Play is a great general purpose smartphone, and it's a great upgrade from the original Moto Z lineup. It's also worthwhile if you know you want to invest in the Motorola ecosystem.

- Rich Woods, Neowin


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Motorola released the Moto Z3 Play on June 6, 2018.


The Moto Z3 Play price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Motorola Moto Z3 Play prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Moto Z3 Play user manual here.


Motorola backs up the Moto Z3 Play with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.01"

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play's screen size is 6.01 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 595 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto Z3 Play Specs

Overview
Release date June 6, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700/2100/850/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.18 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 648 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 595 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 603 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Deep Indigo
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.65 x 7.65 x 0.675 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 156 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6.01 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (5 MP 2nd camera, f/2.4), Zero Shutter Lag, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto Z Play (3rd Gen)

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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

Affordable device with modern appointments

from Phone Scoop

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play is a solid contender in the $500 range. It covers the basics and then some, while offering flexibility thanks to the selection of Moto Mods accessories. In the $500 space, few phones offer as much value as the Motorola Z3 Play, particularly if you're looking for an unlocked phone with support for Sprint/Verizon.

Read full review

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play is a solid contender in the $500 range. It covers the basics and then some, while offering flexibility thanks to the selection of Moto Mods accessories. In the $500 space, few phones offer as much value as the Motorola Z3 Play, particularly if you're looking for an unlocked phone with support for Sprint/Verizon.

Read full review

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Android Central

Buy it on sale

from Android Central

The Moto Z3 Play is a very good mid-range smartphone that works on every U.S. carrier. But a mediocre camera and early software bugs keep it from getting my unreserved recommendation.

Read full review

The Moto Z3 Play is a very good mid-range smartphone that works on every U.S. carrier. But a mediocre camera and early software bugs keep it from getting my unreserved recommendation.

Read full review

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Cnet

The free battery pack is the best thing about this phone

from Cnet

The Moto Z3 Play's two-day battery life is great, but at its current price, it can't compete with the OnePlus 6.

Read full review

The Moto Z3 Play's two-day battery life is great, but at its current price, it can't compete with the OnePlus 6.

Read full review

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Android Authority

The value is still in the Moto Mods

from Android Authority

The Moto Z3 Play is priced at $499 unlocked in the U.S., which is fair for what you get, but not the greatest value. As a comparison, the OnePlus 6 costs only $30 more and gives you high-end specifications, a better camera, and a headphone jack. When judging the phone on its own merits the Z3 Pla...More

The Moto Z3 Play is priced at $499 unlocked in the U.S., which is fair for what you get, but not the greatest value. As a comparison, the OnePlus 6 costs only $30 more and gives you high-end specifications, a better camera, and a headphone jack. When judging the phone on its own merits the Z3 Play is a great midrange offering, but unless you highly value Moto Mods and Motorola’s software suite it’s probably not worth the money.

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Neowin

Mods are great, but it's still too reliant on them

from Neowin

The Moto Z3 Play is a great general purpose smartphone, and it's a great upgrade from the original Moto Z lineup. It's also worthwhile if you know you want to invest in the Motorola ecosystem.

Read full review

The Moto Z3 Play is a great general purpose smartphone, and it's a great upgrade from the original Moto Z lineup. It's also worthwhile if you know you want to invest in the Motorola ecosystem.

Read full review

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AndroidPIT

The revolution will take a while

from AndroidPIT

The Moto Z3 left me with mixed feelings. It’s not a bad smartphone and will meet most of the expectations you’d have for a smartphone in 2018, but this model offers no added value over the competition, except for the Moto Mods.

Read full review

The Moto Z3 left me with mixed feelings. It’s not a bad smartphone and will meet most of the expectations you’d have for a smartphone in 2018, but this model offers no added value over the competition, except for the Moto Mods.

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Tom's Guide

Modular design, midrange price

from Tom's Guide

The Z3 Play is a solid, all-around midrange phone that unlocks a world of Moto Mods for a reasonable price. But it falls short of being the value leader in its segment, like the OnePlus 6.

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The Z3 Play is a solid, all-around midrange phone that unlocks a world of Moto Mods for a reasonable price. But it falls short of being the value leader in its segment, like the OnePlus 6.

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Droid Life

It’s pretty good

from Droid Life

The Moto Z3 Play is a solid phone. It’s designed well, has good battery life, great software, a nice display, and works with Moto Mods. On the flip side, its camera is not that great at all and the price is arguably a touch high when you know that Motorola has another phone (Moto G6 Plus) you’d buy over this if it was sold in the US.

Read full review

The Moto Z3 Play is a solid phone. It’s designed well, has good battery life, great software, a nice display, and works with Moto Mods. On the flip side, its camera is not that great at all and the price is arguably a touch high when you know that Motorola has another phone (Moto G6 Plus) you’d buy over this if it was sold in the US.

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Android Police

An unacceptable price for a decent phone

from Android Police

Sometimes it can be a real slog to use a phone long enough to finish a review, but that wasn't the case here. I like plenty of things about the Z3 Play. The screen is excellent, the software optimization is impressive, and it comes in this snazzy "deep indigo" color. Okay, that's the only color,...More

Sometimes it can be a real slog to use a phone long enough to finish a review, but that wasn't the case here. I like plenty of things about the Z3 Play. The screen is excellent, the software optimization is impressive, and it comes in this snazzy "deep indigo" color. Okay, that's the only color, but it's still handsome. This is a competent phone, but that's not enough to justify the $500 price tag.

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Notebookcheck

Return of the modular design

from Notebookcheck

The Moto Z3 Play is a slim mid-range device with short battery runtimes. It stands out mostly because of its mods.

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The Moto Z3 Play is a slim mid-range device with short battery runtimes. It stands out mostly because of its mods.

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