Motorola Moto Z3 Play: features, price and opinions

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Your Expert RecommendedMotorola has been and is one of the mobile phone brands that is making the most efforts in relation to modular smartphones. The original Moto Z presented two years ago today released the aforementioned modularity through what the Lenovo-owned brand has called Moto Mods. Two years later, Motorola presents the Motorola Moto Z3 Play , a phone halfway between the Motorola Moto G6 and Z3, although it is oriented to the mid / high range.

It was in summer when Motorola introduced this phone to the market, and today it can be officially purchased in Spain in stores like Amazon. We bring you all the details of one of the most interesting mobiles of the brand below.

Features of the Motorola Moto Z3 Play

screen6-inch AMOLED with FullHD + resolution (2,160 x 1,080 pixels), 18: 9 ratio and 403 dpi
Main chamber12 megapixel primary sensor with f / 1.7 focal aperture

5 megapixel secondary sensor with f / 1.7 focal aperture

Camera for selfies8 megapixel primary sensor with f / 2.0 focal aperture
Internal memory64 and 128 GB of storage
ExtensionMicroSD cards up to 2TB
Processor and RAMSnapdragon 636 with eight cores and 4 and 6 GB of RAM
Battery3,000 mAh with 15 W fast charge
Operating systemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Connections4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, NFC and USB type C
DesignGlass on the front and back

Colors: Deep Indigo and Ceramic Black

Dimensions76.5 x 156.5 x 6.7 mm and 155 gr
Featured FeaturesSplash resistance, software face unlock, fingerprint reader and AI camera modes
Release dateNow available
Price499 euros

Design, finally, all screen

Surely one of the most criticized aspects of the Motorola Moto Z2 Play was the design. Part of the fault for this was the excessive upper and lower frame that accompanied the screen of the aforementioned terminal. With this Motorola Moto Z3 Play we not only obtain a greater frontal use, but also a larger screen size .

Specifically, we find a 6-inch screen in size and 18: 9 ratio . Thanks to this, the only difference compared to last year's model in terms of dimensions lies in the height, since the width is practically the same.

Worth mentioning is that the use of the screen is close to 79% , something so far never seen in the brand. And it is that in addition to reducing the lower, upper and side frames, the fingerprint sensor has also been moved, which in this case is positioned on the side unlock button.

Outstanding Artificial Intelligence Cameras

Without a doubt, 2018 is being the best year for mobile photography. And we are not referring only to models of the can range, but also to mid-range models. A good example of this is the Motorola Moto Z3 Play.

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Motorola's new mid-range / high-end terminal has a 12 and 5 megapixel dual front camera with focal aperture f / 1.7 and 1.4 um in pixel size . As is usual in this type of openings, the result obtained in photographs at night and in low light conditions is expected, at least, remarkable. Also Artificial Intelligence will improve the result in complex light situations.

Regarding the front camera of the Z3 Play, the Lenovo brand device has a single 8 megapixel front sensor with an f / 2.0 focal aperture . Like previous sensors, shooting in low light is expected to be noteworthy.

Finally, if we refer to the recording capacity of both cameras, we find a maximum quality of 4K at 30 FPS and FullHD at 60 FPS with optical stabilization in the case of the rear camera. The front camera, on the other hand, is capable of recording video in FullHD at 30 frames per second . The two cameras are capable of taking photographs with adjustable portrait mode through Artificial Intelligence. Of course, it has facial unlocking through software , again assisted by AI.

Gestures and quick actions to interact with the system

Another of the most interesting novelties of the Moto Z3 Play are what Motorola has called Moto Experiences and Moto Actions. Translated into real life, they are gestures and actions that allow us to interact with the phone with the minimum amount of keystrokes possible .

Thanks to these we can perform actions such as mute calls by turning the mobile, activate the Do not disturb mode by turning it over on a surface, shake it twice to turn on the flashlight, capture the screen by sliding with three fingers or turn it on itself to activate the camera automatically. The possibilities are counted by tens.

Moto Mods for everything and everyone

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What would the Moto Z be without the Moto Mods. With the presentation of the new terminal of the company, Motorola has presented several Mods to complement the functions of the Z3 Play. Specifically, five new accessories are added to those already available in the official Motorola store:

  • Moto Power Pack
  • Moto Stereo Speaker
  • Moto Polaroid Insta-share Printer
  • Moto Gamepad
  • Moto Projection

These four accessories include an external battery, a stereo speaker, a Polaroid photo printer, a gamepad, and a pico projector . All are sold separately, yes.

Availability and price in Spain

As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the Moto Z3 Play has already been officially released in Spain. Countries like Brazil can already enjoy this terminal in all its versions, however, today some of the RAM and storage versions have not yet landed on the European continent . 

Specifically, the only version of the Motorola Moto Z3 available in Spain is the 4 and 64 GB of RAM and storage . The price of this is 499 euros in stores like Amazon. Regarding the rest of the models, it is not known if they will finally arrive in Spain, although it is most likely that they will end up appearing in the coming months.