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Moto Z2 Play: First Impressions from São Paulo.

Moto Z2 Play

I was in So Paulo yesterday to attend the official presentation of the new Moto Z2 Play, the successor to the popular Moto Z Play that burst onto the market last year and caused considerable interest, thanks to its implementation of “Mods” or modules. , but above all, for its spectacular battery.

This Second version refines the design of the original, giving us a thin and light phone. Finally, the Moto Z2 Play gets rid of the glass back, which was a fingerprint magnet, to replace it with metal. Curious, because the trend of several smartphones this year (such as the LG G6 and S8) has been to use glass on the back, instead of metal.

Moto Z2 Play: Technical Features

YOU Android 7.1.1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, octa-core, 2.2GHzAdreno 506GPU
Memory 64GB, microSD slot up to 2TB4GB RAM
screen 5.5 ″ FHD Super AMOLED (1920 × 1080, 401ppi) Gorilla Glass
Cameras Rear: 12MP f / 1.7 (1.4um) Front: 5MP f / 2.2 (1.4um) wide-angle
Ports Moto Mods, USB Type-C, 3.5mm (headphones)
Connectivity WiFi 802.11a / b / g / nBluetooth 4.2NFC
Networks CDMA (850, 1900 MHz) GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) UMTS / HSPA + (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz) 4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 41, 66)
Finger Sensor? Yes
Waterproof? It is not waterproof, but it has a water repellent layer.
Others FM Radio, Front Speaker (yes!)
Size 156.2 x 76.2 x 5.99mm145g
Colors Lunar Gray, Fine Gold

The team maintains the design of the original because the team must maintain compatibility with the "Moto Mods", for an additional generation (ie, the Moto Z3 Play next year will maintain a look quite similar, at least on the back ). But inside, we have some major improvements.

This new smartphone has the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 626, which is a sort of "overclocked" version of the 625 that we had in the Moto Z Play. This means that we will have a computer that probably lasts a considerable amount of time of use, something for which the original stood out. Also, the team will launch in a configuration of 64 GBs of Storage and 4 GBs of RAM in Peru and Latin America in general; It seems that the 32/3 version will not arrive in these parts, which seems quite positive to me. If Motorola regards the Z Play as a flag phone, giving us enough storage and RAM for the phone to fulfill this role is important.

Personally, I think having the 626 is a benefit. I would even consider it as a better solution than having a high-end processor like the Snapdragon 821, or the 835. Why Well, because having this processor ensures an excellent balance between performance and autonomy. Processors in high-end phones often sacrifice the issue of the battery too much, to give us the best performance. And for 95% of the things we do on a smartphone, the 625 (and the Snapdragon 626 on this phone) is more than enough. Combined with 4 generous gigabytes of RAM to keep applications in memory, we are then on a fairly capable phone; something that was demonstrated in the brief “hands on” that I had with the team during the presentation.

The new mods are interesting. This is a subject to be treated carefully, because with the Moto Z Play I was very excited when they were presented, to end discouraged when I could try them. But For this new generation of mods, we have at least one very interesting one: the Gamepad. Yes, it is a game controller that we adapt to the phone, and that allows us to play various games using physical controls. Imagine Z2 Play with emulators! Great goal, right? Aside from this mod, a second generation JBL speaker with better sound was introduced. I was also called the new Turbo Charge Pack, a Battery Mod for the Moto Z2 Play, which implements the Turbo Charge directly to the Mod. And this may be necessary, considering that the Z2 Play's battery has unfortunately been reduced.

Yes, The negative point that I can find to the smartphone is that Motorola has made the decision to reduce the battery of the equipment; 3,510 mAh that we have with the original Moto Z Play, at 3,000 mAh. A significant reduction from where you look at it, and something that distresses me a lot as it was, perhaps, the most important highlight of the original. However, Motorola assures me that the battery life of the Z2 Play is still excellent, that it quietly lasts a whole day. And in any case, one can complement it with the new Mod, the Turbo Charge Pack, for even more durability than last year. I don't want to comment too much about it because first I want to test it personally, but reducing the size of the battery, for losing a few millimeters of thickness, does not seem like a wise decision.

The rest of the phone is pretty solid. It looks like we have a new 12-megapixel laser-assisted Dual Pixel Autofocus camera (similar to the S8, or my Canon 70D camera), and an 8-megapixel front camera. Motorola hasn't taken the risk of putting a dual camera on the Z2 Play yet (and it looks like it's saving it for the rumored Moto X return), but any upgrade About the regular camera from the original Z Play, you are welcome.

What I liked a lot, is that the Moto Z2 Play already comes with Android Nougat 7.1.1; the latest version, while other smartphones on the market are still being released with Android 7.0.

What we have, then, is a phone that is shaping up to be a solid choice among its competitors. Motorola is still bent on giving us a modular alternative, and the new mods are definitely more interesting than the first generation.

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The first impression has been quite positive, it is a light, handy phone with an elegant design. It only takes a longer test run to see how much this cutback impacts the battery, and see how much performance has improved over last year's model.

It is definitely a phone to consider.

Here you can read the review of the first Moto Z Play, and why it was among one of my favorite phones of the year! In addition, you can find more information about the phone, on the official page of Motorola