Motorola Moto Z  Motorola Moto Z Play 
Motorola Moto Z Motorola Moto Z Play
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Excellence Score
67.3
51.1
Value for Money Score
86.0
67.4
Price Rs. 22,999 onwards Rs. 22,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Oct, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0, Upgradeable to 7.1, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Android 6.0, Upgradeable to 7.1, Expected upgrade to 8.0
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Display Features AMOLED, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) Super AMOLED, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag, Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs, 1.12um Pixel Size, Professional mode, Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap anywhere to capture, 8X Digital zoom, Burst mode, Night mode, Auto HDR, Closed loop processing, Panorama, Tap to focus & exposure, Video Stabilization, Slow Motion video F/2.0 Aperture, 1.3um Pixel Size, Dual LED (dual tone) Flash, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag, Professional Mode, Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap (anywhere) to Capture, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Drag to Focus & Exposure, Video Stabilization, Slow Motion video
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, Wide-Angle lens, 1.4um Pixel Size, Auto Night mode, Beautification mode, Professional mode Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Full HD Video Recording, 85 Degree Wide-Angle lens, Auto Night Mode, Beautification mode, Professional Mode
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 5.19 mm 6.99 mm
Weight 136 gm 165 gm
Battery Capacity 2600 mAh 3510 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Other Battery Parameters Mixed usage up to 24 hrs Mixed usage up to 45 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery charging: up to 7 hours of power in 15 minutes (TurboPower); Water repellent nano-coating; Barcodes, QR codes and Business cards scanner; Google Photos (Two years of storage at original quality); NFC; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual Band; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Moto Mods Connector; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging: 8 hrs of power in 15 minutes (TurboPower); Water repellent nano-coating; NFC; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual Band; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Moto Mods Connector; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Sturdy, and well built
  • Premium all-metal design with aircraft-grade aluminum frame
  • World's thinnest phone at 5.19mm!
  • Cutting-edge, ambitious, but very well implemented modular/make-your-own-phone design is the defining factor here
  • The magnetic "mods" are practical and easy to use
  • Customization here isn't about what your phone looks like, it's about what it does!
  • Snap-on "Moto Mods" give your phone a meatier battery, turn it into a boombox for your weekend cookout or transform it into a video projector for an impromptu movie night! (The ecosystem of accessories is already good, and the company is lining up more partners)
  • Motorola's whole magnetic take on the modular ecosystem is simpler and more approachable than Google's intricate (and still developing) Project Ara, as well as easier to use than LG's G5
  • You can change Mods in seconds and won't have to power off the phone to do so
  • Slimmer "Style Shells" are also available, to stylize the phone
  • Excellent AMOLED display - deep blacks, vibrant colors, excellent viewing angles, and excellent sunlight legibility
  • Simple, stock Android interface with some of Motorola's signature gesture features that add plenty of value
  • Smooth, effortless speed/performance
  • Camera is pretty good overall, though not mind-blowing
  • Good battery life - lasts the day with moderate use
  • Turbocharging support - takes only about 1 hour 10 minutes for a full recharge
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Although the 'mods' are the primary draw for the phone, but even without considering the mods, the Moto Z is, on the whole, a powerful, stylish phone with a lot to offer
  • Solid build quality
  • Beautiful metal-and-glass design
  • Water-repellent nano-coating on the phone's surface
  • Excellent implementation of the modular accessory system, just like its bigger brothers - the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force - which makes this phone truly versatile and offers an affordable entry point into the Moto Mods ecosystem
  • When it comes to expanding the functionality beyond what a traditional smartphone is capable of doing, no other system or implementation does it better than Moto Mods!
  • Compatible with all existing Moto Mods (battery life extender, projector, camera mods etc)
  • Beautiful, bright AMOLED display, with wide viewing angles and punchy colors
  • Mostly stock Android UI, which will appease the Android purists
  • Good speed/performance in daily use
  • Good call quality
  • Very good, speedy fingerprint sensor
  • Outstanding battery life - comfortably one of the best in the business
  • Turbo charging support (full recharge time of about 110 minutes)
  • Good rear camera that captures detailed images, especially in good lighting conditions
  • Good front-facing camera too - produces a pleasant level of sharpness to accompany its solid details capture
  • Good audio quality
  • Good speaker loudness
  • On the whole, even without any Mods, the Moto Z Play is a complete package and offers good value - the mods are the icing on the cake
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The missing standard (3.5mm) headphone jack on the phone means that you won't be able to easily use your regular earphones with the phone (though compatible earphones come included in the box, as well as a USBC-3.5mm adapter)
  • The mods need to, of course, be purchased separately
  • Tends to get a little hot when dealing with heavy apps/games
  • Buy the Moto Z and a mod or two if you want to be part of the future today, but if you are looking for a more "standard" handset, the OnePlus 3 (better value) or Samsung Galaxy S7 (better camera) may be better choices
  • Slightly unwieldy
  • Gaming performance is not the best in class
  • Camera has longer exposure times when shooting photos under low light
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