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Moto Z2 Play officially breaks cover with new Mods in tow

by Josh Levenson | June 1, 2017June 1, 2017 7:00 am PDT

Motorola has announced the Moto Z2 Play, the successor to last year’s Moto Z Play.

As expected, the handset sports a near-identical design to its predecessor; there’s still a protruding camera bump on the rear that houses a 12MP (f/1.7) sensor with Dual Autofocus abilities, and a connector for Moto Mods on the bottom.

Noticeably different, though, is the slightly redesigned home button that not only doubles as a fingerprint sensor, but also supports swiping gestures in lieu of on-screen navigation keys.

Enclosed in the handset’s shell, you’ll find a faster Snapdragon 626 processor and a standard configuration of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage — all incremental upgrades. There are, however, options for 3GB and 32GB of storage.

So far, the Moto Z2 Play is shaping up to be a pretty impressive device. Our only qualm? Motorola’s swapped out the impressive 3,510mAh battery found in the original Moto Z Play for a smaller 3,000mAh cell.

Alongside the Moto Z2 Play, Motorola is launching a handful of new Moto Mods, including a TurboPower Pack charger, a JBL SoundBoost 2 and a GamePad that adds physical controls to any compatible Moto Z.

Availability

Two variants of the Moto Z2 Play will hit the shelves: one destined for Verizon that’ll be available to purchase in July, and an unlocked version that you’ll be able to pick up directly from Motorola later this summer for $499.

Specs

Motorola - Moto Z2 Play
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1080
Resolution Y 1920
Display Type AMOLED
Operating System Android 7.1.1 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
RAM 3GB or 4GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 2TB
Main Camera (Back) 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP
Networks
  • CDMA: 800, 1900
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS/HSPA+: 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100
  • 4G LTE: B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 41, 66
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 LE + EDR
Battery 3000mAh
NFC Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB-C port with USB 3.1 support
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
  • Ultrasonic
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GLONASS
Height 156.2 mm (6.15 inches)
Width 76.2 mm (3.00 inches)
Depth 5.99 mm (0.24 inches)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
Colors Gray, Gold
Supported Audio Formats N/A
Supported Video Formats 480p (30fps) 720p (120fps) 1080p (60fps), 4K (30fps)
Other Features
  • FM Radio

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...

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