Moto Z2 Play is all about performance enhancing modules
Lenovo has announced the successor to the Moto Z Play in India. It is called the Moto Z2 Play and will be available from 15 June at Flipkart.com as well as at offline stores at Rs27,999. It is available in two colour variants—lunar grey with black and fine gold with white—and can be pre-booked on Flipkart.com from 8 to 14 June.
Modular design continues
Lenovo has retained the modular design element used in the Moto Z Play and Moto Z smartphones. The new smartphone will have its own set of mods, which can be snapped on the back panel. The new crops of mods for the Z2 Play includes the JBL Sound Boost 2 to enhance audio output, Moto Turbo Power pack for extra backup and Moto Gamepad for more intuitive gaming experience.
The Moto Z2 Play runs Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor. It is the successor to the Snapdragon 625 octa-core chip which drives the Moto Z Play. According to Qualcomm, the new chip can deliver 10% better performance over its predecessor. Lenovo has also beefed up the RAM size and storage. The processor is clubbed with 4GB RAM now and internal storage stands at 64GB. It also supports expandable memory allowing microSD cards of up to 256GB. The predecessor has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
Lenovo is bundling special deals and offers with the smartphone on Flipkart. They include exchange offers of up to Rs17,000 on older smartphones from all leading brands such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Asus, Sony and LG. For Axis bank credit card users, there is an additional discount of 5%. There is a deal on mods as well. You can get a discount of up to 55% if you order them right away.
With the Z2 Play, Lenovo has managed to keep the weight and thickness in check. It is just 5.9mm thick with the camera module excluded and weighs just 145g, which is quite a feat for a 5.5-inch-screen smartphone. Its predecessor is 6.9mm thick and weighs 165g. This has been accomplished by reducing the battery size. The Moto Z2 Play now has a smaller 3,000mAh battery compared to its predecessor’s 3,500mAh battery.
The home button which also serves as the fingerprint sensor is again placed on the front panel but is more oval shaped than the square shaped home button on the predecessor. It looks better with the smartphone’s overall rounded look.
What hasn’t changed between the two smartphones is the screen size and the software. The new smartphone has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,920x1,080p, like its predecessor. It runs Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with almost a stock version of plain Android. Its predecessor was launched with Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) but was upgraded to Android 7.0 afterwards.