Motorola Launches Moto Z3 Play, The Battery Juggernaut Android Returns

Moto Z3 Play
Motorola knows a thing or two about long battery life in smartphones, especially when leveraging its mods, and specifically its Battery Moto Mod. Well, that is again the case with the introduction of the Moto Z3 Play. Motorola's newest Z device takes aim at the mid-range of the mobile market mixed with premium features and mod support, including a battery mod that extends battery life up to 40 hours.

Customizing your smartphone to match your own wants and needs is more accessible thanks to Moto Z3 Play + Moto Mod bundles. Whether you’re looking for more power—up to 40 hours of combined battery life when you attach a Moto Power Pack—or entertainment on the go, Moto Mod bundles have you covered," Motorola states.

Moto Z3 Play

Having multiple days of battery life is an enticing proposition, though obviously that will depend on how you use the Moto Z3 Play. Playing games, for example, will drain the battery faster than surfing the web or streaming music from Spotify or wherever you get your tunes from.

The Moto Z3 Play is not a flagship device, but has a decent assortment of hardware and features that extend beyond excellent battery life. To start with, it has a large 6.01-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2160x1080 resolution (18:9 aspect ratio). This is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and 4GB of RAM. For storage, there are two SKUs—one with 32GB of built-in storage, and one with 64GB, both which are expandable via microSD.

Moto Z3 Play Cameras

As with many new phones, the Moto Z3 Play boasts a dual camera arrangement on the rear of the handset. These consist of a 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera. Around front is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and screen flash for taking selfies.

It's an overall nice feature-set for a mid-range device. The phone will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and sell for $499, unlocked with a battery mod. Buyers in Brazil get first crack at the device starting today, followed by a global roll out later this month.