The Motorola Moto Z Play may not be a flagship-grade handset like the other Moto Z devices, but it is still a pretty impressive smartphone overall, especially if you’re in the market for a new Android smartphone with a near-stock Android experience and a sub $500 price tag. In case you are interested in the Moto Z Play, you will be glad to know that Motorola has given the handset a temporary $50 price cut, lowering the price to $399.99 from the original $449.99 price tag. There is no need to hurry though, as the deal ends on February 13th.
In addition to the Motorola US store, major US retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy are also currently selling the handset at the same $399.99 price. However, you should keep in mind that you will not be able to customize your Moto Z Play using the Moto Maker if you choose to get yours from third party retailers such as Amazon or Best Buy.
The mid-range Moto Z Play features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution and a pixel density of 403 pixels per inch. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC, clocked at 2.0 GHz and packing the Adreno 506 GPU. When it comes to memory, the Moto Z Play includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, which can be further expanded by up to 256GB with a microSD card. At the back, it comes with a 16MP main camera with phase detection autofocus + laser autofocus tech, dual-tone LED flash, and an f/2.0 aperture lens. For selfies, there is a 5MP selfie camera on the front, boasting of 1.4 micron sized pixels and an f/2.2 aperture lens. Rest of the key highlights on the hardware front include a USB Type-C port, a 3510mAh capacity battery, latest connectivity features, and a fingerprint scanner. On the software front, the Moto Z Play runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS for now, but an update to Android 7.0 Nougat is expected to be rolled out soon.