Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Moto Z3 Play: Price, availablity and release date

Moto Z3 Play: Price, availablity and release date

"While the Moto Z3 Play is keeping the same footprint as the Z and Z2, the maker still managed to put a taller 6" Super AMOLED screen of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels.

The Moto Z3 Play also comes with smart camera features such as landmark and object recognition, real-time text translation, and optical character recognition thanks to Google Lens. You get a primary 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel depth measurement sensor that can take great bokeh images. Dual-SIM capabilities will only be offered by models in select markets, with Europe and India both being likely members of that list, as suggested by Motorola's previously released products.

Powering the new Moto phone is a 3000mAh battery, and Motorola will give buyers a 15W TurboPower charger to recharge that battery in a hurry. Around the edges is a 6000 series polished aluminum frame. Moto Z Power Edition is expected to come with a battery Moto Mod, Moto Z Style Edition would accompany a style shell, Moto Z Gamepad Edition would come with the Gamepad Moto Mod, and the Moto Z Projection Edition would offer a 70-inch projector Moto Mod.

Alongside the Moto Z3 Play, Motorola could possibly launch a few new Moto Mods at today's launch event. The supporting module is a 5-megapixel affair and its sole goal is to help the phone with simulating bokeh. A dual-LED flash is part of the package as well, with Motorola also promising the handset has no shutter lag. The addition of a second camera compared to last year's Moto Z2 Play allows for Portrait Mode, whereas the Cutout functionality allowing you to quickly change the background of your photos is making a return here following its debut on the Moto G6 lineup earlier this spring.

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Moto Z3 Play comes with the company's Moto Display and Moto Actions. The front camera is an 8-MP unit with an f/2.0 wide-angle lens and an 84° field of view.

The Snapdragon 626 from the Moto Z2 Play has now been replaced with the Snapdragon 636 mobile platform. It runs Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box and packs a 3,000mAh battery. The handset also boasts a water-repellent nano-coating. The old Moto Mods can still work on the new Moto Z3 Play but we're excited to use and try the new ones like that mod that can print Polaroid photos and project a 70-inch screen.

The larger screen makes one other significant different for the series: there's no space for the fingerprint scanner to live at the bottom of the phone.

In the United States, retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Fry's, and B&H Photo will be stocking the Z3 Play, and Amazon will have it as a Prime Exclusive Phone. There's a microSD card slot as well for storage expansion. There'll be an Amazon Prime Exclusive Phone version available on Amazon online.

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