Moto Z2 Play US Release Date, Specs & Price Announced, Details Here

Motorola has announced the Moto Z2 Play. Here are its specs, price information and US release date. Everything you need to know about the newly launched phone is here.

The successor to last year’s sleeper hit Moto Z Play has been introduced today. With more battery mods and a game controller are coming this summer as well. The new Moto Z2 Play is a mid-range smartphone that’s coming with compatibility with the Moto Mods, accessory platform. Combining impressive performance with battery life that did not suffer as a result, the 2016’s Moto Z Play was a big hit and Motorola has decided to try and capitalize on that by announcing the new Moto Z2 Play into the market.

It will sell for $499 and will become available from Verizon or unlocked from Motorola’s website this stream. To look at, the new Moto Z2 Play is somewhat similar to the handset that it replaces, although the rear panel is now made of metal rather than the glass that the original device used. Found the same camera bump as well as Moto Mod pins remain, and the general aesthetics of the smartphone will immediately make owners of the Z Play feel right at home.

In addition to the Z2 Play, Motorola revealed four new Mods for its Z line of smartphones; the JBL SoundBoost 2, the Moto TurboPower Pack, Moto Style Shells with Wireless Charging, and the Moto Gamepad. Budget to get those Mods, the SoundBoost 2, TurboPower Pack, and GamePad will sell for $79.99, while the wireless charging Style Shells are settled at $39.99 apiece. All if which will be available for purchase this summer.

One area the new offering bests its predecessor is thickness though, coming in at just 5.99mm thick. The Z2 Play is a thinner and lighter phone than last year’s model and it has an upgraded processor, more RAM, and a new camera system. The Moto Z2 Play now carries a smaller battery than the previous phone, going from 3,150mAh to just 3,000 mAh, the battery is about 15 percent smaller, and it’s priced slightly higher than the Z Play was. That is a farily large chunk of battery life that this phone will not have, and it should still be enough to get most people through the day, those who enjoyed the Moto Z Play for its excellent longevity may be disappointed.

Nevertheless, Motorola says the Z2 Play gets up to 30 hours of battery life between charges: compared to last year’s claim was a much higher 50 hours. The new camera should also be appreciated, though, as it has a brighter, f/1.7 aperture lens, dual pixel focusing, and an improved laser focus system for low-light.

Beyond the battery, camera aspect ratio, the Moto Z2 Play takes advantage of a Snapdragon 626 processor 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage. The phone will also ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, has a Night Display feature to reduce blue light emissions in the evening. Sports a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display around the front. Camera-wise, you will get a 12-megapixel shooter at the back with 5-megapixel camera above the phone’s display. There’s also a redesigned fingerprint scanner and new voice controls that will provide info instantly without having to touch or unlock the phone.

The Moto Z2 Play will be arriving in the US this summer, and the 4GB RAM with 64GB of internal memory will go on sale for $500.