Last year, Motorola (Lenovo) surprised everyone when it hit pause on its Moto X flagship line and introduced a new modular silo to take over the mantel. The Moto Z Play was the cheaper sibling of the Moto Z, with better battery life and a more affordable price tag, and both were designed to showcase the new Moto Mods attachments. The second generation model leaked a couple of months ago, and the Moto Z2 Play has now been officially unveiled, alongside 4 new or updated Moto Mods.
The new device looks pretty similar to its predecessor, with the same 5.5″ FHD AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass and a now rounded, front chin-mounted fingerprint scanner that’s reminiscent of many 2017 phones. It is noticeably thinner, however, by a full millimeter. The reason for that is a smaller battery, 3000 mAh compared to the 3510 mAh unit in the first generation model. That will no doubt lead to shorter battery life, but hopefully not by too much. At least with TurboPower charging Moto promises up to 8 hours of power from a 15-minute charge. Of course, the real number will vary wildly.
The Z2 Play features a mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor, an Adreno 506 GPU, and will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. There are two choices featuring different memory and storage options, 3GB RAM with 32GB storage or 4GB Ram with 64GB storage, and there’s also a MicroSD card for expansion. One particularly intriguing feature is the addition fingerprint scanner gestures. Tapping the capacitive button takes you home, swiping left goes back, and swiping right enters recent apps. If implemented well that could turn out to be useful.
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