Motorola Moto Z3 Play initial review: Ain't nuthin' but a Z thang

However, in the face of so many high-performance devices that will cost much the same - pricing is unofficial at present, but we suspect it'll be in and arond the £400 ballpark - the Z3 Play largely depends on its Moto Mods feature to appeal. The launch event is scheduled to take place at 9:30 AM EDT, which is 7 PM India time.

What do you think of the Moto Z3 Play? Last week, the phone was spotted on benchmarking site Geekbench.

Moving on the cameras, the Moto Z3 Play has dual rear cameras at its back- a primary 12MP sensor is paired to a 5MP depth sensor. Since it can't be moved to the back of the phone, the scanner now resides on the right side, just below the volume buttons.

There is no wireless charging support, but there is said to be Moto Mod for it. The company could also add alternate authentication methods for unlocking the phone such as facial recognition. In addition, the benchmark scores also reveal that the Z3 Play will be more powerful than the Z2 Play.

There's a 6.01-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. On the front top bezel, the phone will include the earpiece and the selfie camera, while on the bottom chin the renders show the presence of Motorola branding. A dual-LED flash is part of the package as well, with Motorola also promising the handset has no shutter lag. Which is where the Moto Z3 Play comes in, with its new greater screen-to-body ratio, to try and align the series with the current 2018 crop, Mods still in tact.

The Moto Z3 Play is the ultimate modular mid-ranger. The Moto Mods can be sticked to the back of the phone with the help of the magnetic pins. We can expect "Bokeh" mode support and Artificial Intelligence (AI) features for the cameras as well, though details are unclear at this point.

It runs Motorola's light skin under Oreo, which means a pleasant Android experience.

The Z3 Play runs Snapdragon 636 chipset - a welcome improvement over the 626 chip. However, there have been other leaks that have suggested the phone would house a Snapdragon 636 instead. It could be made available in 4GB RAM+32GB/ 64GB storage variants.

Around the front there's an 8MP camera and the Moto Z3 Play has a 3,000mAh battery, which is on the small side, but at least there's that optional Moto Mod battery pack.

The Moto Z3 Play will be available in Canada sometime later this summer, from local carriers Videotron, Bell, Virgin Mobile, MTS, and SaskTel.

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