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The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto X4 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto Z2 Play!

Motorola Moto X4 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Motorola Moto Z2 Play 
Motorola Moto X4 Motorola Moto Z2 Play
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Excellence Score
30.6
35.3
Value for Money Score
70.5
82.7
Price ₹ 12,599 onwards ₹ 11,726 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2017 Jun, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow 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 5.2 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 508 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-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 8MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.4um Pixel Size, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Ultra-wide Angle Shot, Professional mode, Depth Detection and Depth Effects, Selective Focus, Selective Black & White, Background Replacement, Spot Color, Landmark/Object Recognition, Scan barcodes/QR codes/Business cards, Panorama, Slo-motion Video, Best Shot 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 16.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size, LED Flash, 4 MP Adaptive Low Light Mode, Selfie Panorama, Face Filters, Beautification mode, Professional 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 2 TB 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 7.99 mm 5.99 mm
Weight 163 gm 145 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
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, TurboCharge Yes, TurboPower
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (TurboCharge): 6 hrs of power in 15 mins; NFC; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (TurboPower): 50% in 30 min; NFC; Moto Mods Connector; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Gorgeous looking metal and glass build - it's high-end style at a reasonable price
  • Comfortable design for one-handed use - with a 5.2-inch scale the Moto X hits the sweet spot for scale - it's easy to hold in one hand - comfortably, too, thanks to those rounded-off edges - without feeling like it's a chore to extend fingers across the screen
  • Waterproofing, with IP68 weather-resistant construction
  • Some of Motorola's add-ons include Moto Key to unlock additional devices via fingerprint (like your PC), Moto Actions to perform features by physical actions, Moto Display for always-on display, Moto Voice for an always-on voice assistant (will be enabled in India later), Wireless Sound System (to connect up to five Bluetooth devices - if you fancy having a bit of a party with a stack of speakers)
  • Good, punchy display with nice contrast and colours
  • Effective front-facing fingerprint scanner with gesture control
  • The software continues to be stock Android supplemented with some intelligent Moto applications - an approach that has worked very well for Motorola and earned it a lot of fans
  • Good/smooth performance in regular use
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - does reasonably well with both normal shots and bokeh shots, especially in good light
  • Decent front camera too
  • Other Camera features include a barcode, QR code and business card reader, which is auto-entered into the device, plus object and landmark object recognition to gain additional insights into famous places
  • Good battery life, assisted by an efficient processor, and a relatively smaller screen - should comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • Fast charging (TurboCharge) support
  • 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]
  • There is no edge-to-edge display here that is becoming more common now among both mid-range and flagship devices
  • While the performance is good in daily use, when pushed with the heavy apps/games, the performance is not quite to the level of the phone's top competitors - in fact the performance is only a little bit better compared to its budget cousin - the Moto G5S Plus
  • The cameras placed on the back, in a large protruding circular section, makes for a unique look - something that may or may not be to your taste
  • The camera app is somewhat slow to launch and a little slow to focus
  • On the whole too, the camera is decent, but there are certainly better camera phones in this price bracket - the sluggish HDR, slow focus speeds in video and the not-always-effective bokeh mode will leave you wanting more
  • On the whole, the Moto X4 might be a good option only if you are really keen to get a compact phone, but generally in terms of both performance and camera, there are better phones in this price bracket
  • 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
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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 »
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