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Moto Z Play announced – still no Australian release date for the series

Moto Z Play
While there’s still no Australian availability announcements for the Moto Z or Moto Z Force phones announced at Lenovo Tech World back in June, Lenovo has gone ahead and announced a third model in the family – the Moto Z Play.

The Moto Z Play is compatible with the full range of Moto Mods announced for the original Moto Z and Moto Z Force, including the new True Zoom Hasselblad camera Mod. It has the same glass back panel as its siblings, but a slightly more mid-range spec sheet.

The Moto Z Play is being priced at $449USD, placing it at the mid-range of devices. It has a 5.5″ FullHD 1080P display and runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of on-board storage and yes it has a microSD card slot with support for cards up to 2TB.

The Moto Z Play includes a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser auto focus and phase detection – it also has a 5MP selfie cam with f/2.2 aperture.


Battery is key with the Play series and with a 3510 mAh inside, Lenovo are claiming that the Moto Z Play has their ‘longest-lasting battery ever’ with up to 50 hours of use. The phone will also charge up 9 hours of use in 15 minutes with Turbo Power charging through the USB-C port.

Unlike the other Moto Z models in the range, the Moto Z Play does include a 3.5mm port so you can plug in a standard pair of earphones.

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Key Specifications:Moto Z Play
Release dateOctober 2015
Screen size5.5-inch
Screen technologyAMOLED
Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Rear camera16MP
Rear aperturef/2.0
Front camera5MP
Front aperturef/2.2
ChipsetSnapdragon 625
Core config8x 2 GHz
MicroSDYes, up to 2TB
Battery3,510 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB C
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
WIFI standards802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth standards
  • 4.0
  • LE
Android OSAndroid 6.0
Vendor skin
Dimensions156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm
  • Black/Silver/Black Slate
  • White/Fine Gold/Sugar White

The Moto Z Play will be available in Black/Silver/Black Slate or White/Fine Gold/Sugar White when it goes on-sale ‘globally’ this month. There’s no word on whether that includes Australia yet, but we’ll be reaching out to Motorola for more information.

Source: Motorola, and Moto Blog.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

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3 Comments on "Moto Z Play announced – still no Australian release date for the series"

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bob whatshisname
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bob whatshisname

As of 7/12/16 Motorola Australia still have no idea if the moto z force will even be released in Australia. A bit disappointing.

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This will probably be my next. Replacing my Moto X Force, which has been a spectacular phone for my needs.

Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Hope all these come down under!

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