Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto G5S Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto Z2 Play!

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Excellence Score
28.3
36.8
Value for Money Score
70.0
82.6
Price ₹ 11,457 onwards ₹ 12,571 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Jun, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features N/A Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #36 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 13MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Drag to Focus & Exposure, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst Mode, Panorama, Auto HDR, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion Video F/1.7 Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, 1.4um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, Auto-HDR, Professional Mode, Auto Night Mode
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Panorama, Professional Mode, Beautification Mode F/2.2 Aperture, 1.4um Pixel Size, Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, Wide-Angle Lens, Auto Night Mode, Beautification Software, Professional Mode, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8 mm 5.99 mm
Weight 168 gm 145 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 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 30.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes, Turbo Charging Yes, TurboPower
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging); NFC; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (TurboPower): 50% in 30 min; NFC; Moto Mods Connector; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top-grade metal build, offering a significant improvement over the Moto G5 Plus - this is the best-looking Moto G phone to date, and the build quality is comparable to much more expensive phones
  • Accurate/fast fingerprint scanner in the bezel below the screen
  • Good, sharp, punchy display - color is very good, and viewing angles are great
  • The scanner can also be used to replace the on-screen soft keys - a left swipe is ‘back’, a right one brings up recent apps - a useful feature carried over from previous Moto G phones
  • Like other Moto phones, the Moto G5S Plus uses a virtually untouched version of Android rather than a custom interface - keeping things nice and simple
  • The simple but useful Moto add-ons remain of course, including the Moto Display (ambient display notifications), and added gesture support
  • Good all-round speed/performance - both for day-to-day use and gaming
  • Pretty good dual rear camera setup, allows for a reasonably good bokeh effect - dynamic range enhancement is excellent too
  • When compared to the dual camera setup of it's main competitor the Xiaomi Mi A1, it outperforms the Mi A1 in low light conditions (although in well lit conditions, the Mi A1 tends to be better) - in fact in low light photography, it is arguably the best budget camera phone out there
  • The front camera is decent too, and has a pretty effective flash
  • Decent speaker - its pretty loud and has the extra shot of lower-frequency power needed in a tiny speaker to avoid sounding reedy and harsh
  • Good battery life - lasts the work day even with heavy use
  • Fast charging support - gets you six hours’ use in 15 minutes
  • Useful water repelling nano coating
  • Beautifully made, well-designed, slim and light (although might look a little a bit too futuristic for some, with exposed connection pins on the rear, when used without any mods)
  • Great fingerprint scanner with gesture controls
  • Beautiful, sharp display
  • Motorola's software sticks to stock, simple Android - but still adds useful software tricks - such as "show me" voice commands, Moto Display, and Moto Actions
  • Good speed/performance - though the chipset is not cutting-edge for this price bracket - but everything runs flawlessly in real-life use
  • Pretty good rear camera quality - generally takes bright, colorful, detailed photos - low-light performance is pretty good too
  • Decent front camera too
  • Very good audio quality via both headphones and speaker
  • Very good battery life - you should be able to easily go a day and a half or even two days with some heavy use - and of course battery life can be made even more incredible with a relevant battery Mod
  • The key USP here of course is the magnetic mod add-ons that you can snap onto the back of any Moto Z-family phone - some of the cool ones are the TurboPower Pack charger, Wireless Charging Style Shell, and JBL SoundBoost 2 speaker - they work with minimal fuss and can be genuinely useful ways of enhancing your phone's functionality
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A somewhat large camera shutter lag is the one flaw in an otherwise good camera
  • Tends to get a little warm when charging
  • The choice of a micro USB slot, instead of a USB-C one, is a little bit old-school
  • The phone feels a bit wide and uncomfortable without a magnetic back cover (mod)
  • The power button and volume rockers are a bit too small
  • Performance is good, but there are phones in this price bracket with better chipsets
  • Camera is again pretty good, but falls behind the best camera devices in this price bracket - the Honor 8 Pro, and the OnePlus 5
Expert Reviews
  1. If you are a Moto fan then the Moto G5S Plus or Moto G5S should surely appeal to you as they look great and offer all the bells and whistles one expects at their prices
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  1. Motorola has done a stellar job of improving the phone across many fronts while keeping the things that were already good mostly the same
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Strong battery life, clever software and magnetic Mod add-ons make the Motorola Z2 Play a compelling midrange choice
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It’s the modular functionality that seals the deal though, making this an innovative device you can’t get from any other manufacturer.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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  14. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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