Moto here Moto there and before you know it, Motorola is getting ready to launch its new and upcoming Z3 Play. Now the Moto Z3 series hasn’t made such a fuss among the smartphone community, and the main reason being the mods being a tad bit too expensive. Moreover, it was just a prototype and majority of them had glitches in them. However, being the great company that it is, Motorola always figures something out, and the new Moto Z3 Play which is rumored to make its debut somewhere around the January of 2018(Maybe earlier) might leave a dent in the history of smartphones. The ideas of implementing mods have been speculated all over the world, and testing is going on as you are reading this. The Moto Z2 was introduced to test the waters and now that it’s done let’s take a look at its successor.
Bear in mind this list of specs is the “alpha” speculation, which will be followed by more prominent and assured news. Till then, everything mentioned in this article is subject to change in the near future.
The Moto Z3 Play shall be sporting a 5.5-inch AMOLED display. Nothing else has been released but judging by the price range we are assuming it to not just and AMOLD but a Super AMOLED IPS display along with full HD resolutions of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Pixel density is up for debate, and the 450+ppi mark will be a good place to start. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Moto cranked up the display resolution to 1920 x 2160. As for the design, the leaked image reveals a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, with what appears to be a front flash. It can be the proximity and the ambient light sensor for that matter as well.
The chipset of the Z3 Play is yet to be revealed. But what we do know is that the device will most probably be powered by a 2.2GHz A-53 octa-core processor (Most probably a Snapdragon 625). The GPU hasn’t been revealed as well, which we are assuming to be an Adreno 506. The Z3 Play will also come with 64GB internal storage and nothing has been said regarding other RAM and internal memory variants. The device will also be allegedly powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat with possible upgrades to the future versions. It may also pack the stock Android Oreo if the OS is released for Moto before the device itself.
Now it's mighty hard to rate a phone based on its performance especially when there is nothing to test with. For now, we will assume the optimal performance outputs the Z3 will have in the future and base our verdict on that. Now most devices that have this chipset, boast a benchmark around the 60 to 80K mark, which is considered to be quite good. Now judging by the previous models, we can conclude that Moto has managed to optimize their devices quite well. Hence, the Z3 Play shall be able to breeze through almost any kind of work you throw at it.
The Moto Z3 is rumored to sport a 12-megapixel rear shooter and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. It hasn’t been announced, but we think that it will come with dual rear cameras. Now as far as the leaked price is concerned, the specs don't seem that impressive. Around the top-end mark, customers demand something more and although Moto’s cameras have always proved quite the extraordinary pieces of technology, it is not enough. The company should at least enhance the front camera to a minimum of 8 megapixels before officially launching the device. Also, it goes without saying that it supports Full HD recording. Nonetheless, we aren’t quite clear on the spectrum of supported video recording resolutions and hope that it supports at least 60fps videos.
For multimedia playback, let’s hope the phone is able to play all the popular audio/video formats such as AVI, WMV, MP4, FLV, MIDI, AAC, MP3, FLAC etc. There’s also a 3.5 mm jack in line for connecting earpieces. Moto doesn’t seem keen in stepping in Apple’s shoes, just like all other Android phone manufacturers and will stick to the good ol’ jack for a while.
The Z3 Play will be powered by a 3000mAh battery which isn’t great but should get the job done. In a market filled with 4000mAh batteries, a lower power supply won’t appeal to the mass in particular. We don’t know if it’s a hybrid sim tray or not since an expandable memory support hasn’t been announced yet.