You can not always please everybody. Any phone maker knows this all too well, including Motorola, whose Moto Z lineup of smartphone devices has managed to both please people and draw flak from other. Indeed, while it is true that the Moto Z came with a sleek super slim design, while the Moto Z Force was as tough as they come, and both can be paired with Moto Mods (more on this later) in order to achieve enhanced functionality, some users were not happy with the fact that the handsets have done away with the headphone jack. But then Motorola introduced the Moto Z Play, and it actually impressed users with a more accessible pricing, modular approach to design, and of course, its decision to bring back the traditional audio port. With a hit in its hands, it definitely made sense for Motorola to replicate the success of the Moto Z Play.
Hence, the introduction of the new Moto Z2 Play ($499). With a width of 6 millimeters, the Moto Z2 Play may be less thinner than the Moto Z’s 5.2 millimeters, but it does retain the 5.5 inch Super AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) display screen, but at 1,080p. And of course, the headphone jack is still present, despite the handset’s slim dimensions. Users may also find the full metal frame a nice aesthetic touch. Camera wise, the Moto Z2 Play comes with a 12 megapixel camera on the rear side (f/1.7 aperture, with phase detection and laser auto focus, and dual LED flash, as well as a 5 megapixel camera on the front side (f/2.0 aperture, with dual LED flash).
As far as hardware specifications are concerned, the Moto Z2 Play packs an eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chip set, supported by either 3 gigabytes or 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM). The Snapdragon 626 may not be flagship fare, but it is perfectly capable of handling the usual basic smartphone functionalities. The device is also equipped with a smaller 3,000 mAh battery. In terms of software specs, the Moto Z2 Play comes preloaded with the newest version of Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat mobile operating system, and accordingly, Google Assistant.
With regards to Moto Mods, Motorola has several new offerings, including an updated JBL speaker and the gamepad that the tech giant had teased at a press briefing during this year’s Mobile World Congress.
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