Moto Z3 Play lands with dual-camera, larger screen and slick design

Motorola has officially unveiled the Moto Z3 Play smartphone, boosting its Mod-friendly range with a host of sexy new features.

The Z3 Play arrives with a dual camera system and a new side-mounted fingerprint sensor beneath the volume keys. The design also gets a boost, thanks to a glass back, much larger display and thinner bezels than before.

As expected, Moto has dropped in the Snapdragon 636 processor and offers 4GB of RAM with up to 64GB of storage. You’ll also get a 3000mAh battery (down from the Z2 Play‘s 3510mAh cell) and USB-C fast charging for your reasonable expenditure. Unfortunately, that Gorilla Glass 3 covered back doesn’t open the door to wireless charging, which means it’s just for aesthetics and smudge collection.

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There’s a 6.01-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display size is up considerably from last year’s 5.5-inch model, without the need to add a notch. The fingerprint sensor is moved to the side because the phone’s chin is smaller and Moto Mods rule out a presence on the back. It’s a tight squeeze on a phone that’s only 6.75mm thick, but we’ll reserve judgement until testing.

Moto Z3 Play

Now, about those cameras. The dual camera on the rear offers a 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.7, while the 5-megapixel companion offers depth-sensing capabilities. The selfie camera promises 8-megapixel portrait mode shots with an f.2.0 lens. The company is also offering Face Unlock tech.

The phone, which runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, is compatible with all Moto Mods add-ons to date.

Availability has only been announced in Brazil and the United States thus far. In the US, you’ll get the phone unlocked for $499 (about £370) along with a battery Mod. The company promises 40 hours of battery life when the phone and mod are paired. However, it may have managed that simply by keeping last year’s battery size.

Availability in other territories will be announced in the weeks to come. Last year the Z2 Play rocked up in the UK for £380, so let’s hope Moto keeps the pricing reasonable this time around.

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