The newest member of the Moto Z family of smartphones with support for MotoMod accessories is here, and it’s an updated model of last year’s popular Moto Z Play.

The Moto Z2 Play is thinner and lighter than the original Moto Z Play, and it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor which should also offer better performance.

But Motorola sacrificed some battery power to get that thinner & lighter design: the new model has a 3,000 mAh battery for up to 30 hours of run time, compared with the estimated 50 hours of battery life offered by the 3,510 mAh battery in the first-gen model.

The 2nd-gen Moto Z Play features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display, a 12MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, a fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a front-facing speaker, and MotoMod support.

But this is still an upper mid-range device rather than a premium phone. It has dual-band 802.11n WiFi support, but lacks 802.11ac compatibility and it ships with a mid-range Snapdragon 600 series chip instead of the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor.

The Moto Z2 Play will come in two configurations: 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Both models feature support for microSD cards up to 2TB.

While the new phone won’t offer the same crazy-long battery life as its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Play does support fast charging. Motorola says you should be able to get up to 8 hours of battery life from a 15 minute charge or refuel the battery to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

The Moto Z2 Play launches today in Brazil. It’ll be available in the US from Verizon or unlocked from Motorola.com this summer for $499.

Or you can just buy last year’s model for $449 and get a free JBL Sondboost Speaker Moto Mod when you use the coupon code FREESOUNDBOOST. The older phone has a similar display, a Snapdragon 625  processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a bigger battery.

via Motorola

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2 replies on “Motorola launches thinner, faster Moto Z2 Play (with less battery power)”

  1. I can’t believe they missed out on 802.11ac again. The Moto Z Play was an attractive option when I got my S7, but the lack of 802.11ac was a complete deal breaker.

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