After plenty of leaks and rumours, Motorola has announced the Moto Z2 Play. This phone is successor to the 2016 Moto Z Play, and will sit as a mid-range option behind the flagship Moto Z2, which hasn’t been officially unveiled yet.

When is the Moto Z2 release date?

In the UK you can pre-order a Z2 Play immediately, with expected delivery on 14 July.

How much does the Z2 Play cost?

You can buy a Z2 Play from Motorola’s website for £379, but you can use the code UKWELCOME10 to get £10 off. It’s also available from John Lewis, Amazon, Argos and other retailers.

What are the Moto Z2 Play’s specs?

Here are the key specifications, and how they compare to the original Moto Z Play:

 

Moto Z2 Play

Moto Z Play

OS

Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Screen

5.5in Super AMOLED, 1920x1080, 403ppi

5.5in Super AMOLED, 1920x1080, 403ppi

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 626

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

GPU

Adreno 506 GPU

Adreno 506 GPU

RAM

4GB LPDDR3 RAM

3GB LPDDR3 RAM

Storage

64GB (microSD up to 2TB)

32GB (microSD up to 2TB)

Rear camera

12Mp

16Mp

Front camera

5Mp front

5Mp front

Wireless

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth 4.0

Wi-Fi

802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi

802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi

NFC

Yes

Yes

GPS

A-GPS, GLONASS

A-GPS

SIM type

Single nano SIM (UK model)

Single nano SIM (UK model)

Ports

USB-C port

USB-C port

Audio

3.5mm headphone jack

3.5mm headphone jack

Battery

3000mAh

3150mAh

Sensors

Fingerprint reader,  Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyroscope,  Magnetometer, Proximity, Ultrasonic

Fingerprint reader,  Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Hall Effect, Magnetometer, Proximity

Dimensions

156.2 x 76.2 x 5.99mm

156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm

Weight

145g

165g

So the Moto Z2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and – slightly – faster too. Naturally, it’s compatible with Moto Mods so you can snap on a projector, Hasselblad camera, JBL speaker and other gadgets.

Moto Z2 Play release date, price and specifications

It’s a minor update, really: a redesigned fingerprint reader and although Motorola claims a 30-hour battery life, it’s disappointing that the capacity has been reduced. Obviously, we’ll have to wait until we can test the new phone to see what impact this has.

Another reduced spec is the main camera, down from 16- to 12Mp. Any photographer will know that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and it may even lead to better quality, especially in low light.

The new focusing system combines dual-pixel tech with laser autofocus that works up to 5 metres, which Motorola says allows the Z2 to focus on objects three times further away when it’s virtually dark.

Software wise, there’s a new Night Display which is really just a blue-light filter. There’s also Instant queries in Moto Voice so you can get weather and calendar updates.