Verizon’s Moto Z2 Play Offers Android 7.1.1 and Snapdragon 626 for $408
Back on June 2nd, Lenovo-owned Motorola officially announced the Moto Z2 Play as the direct successor to the 2016 sleeper hit that was the Moto Z Play. Now, the Z2 Play is available for purchase through Verizon Wireless, and it’s packing a pretty decent punch at a relatively low cost.
On the very front of the Z2 Play is a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 AMOLED display, and powering the phone is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 processor, and a respectable 3GBs of RAM. Move to the back, and you’ll find a single 12MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture.
One of the highlights of last year’s Z Play was its phenomenal battery life, but this is one area where the Z2 Play is seemingly taking a step backwards. Whereas the original Z Play packed a massive 3,510 mAh battery, this year’s model only features a 3,000 mAh unit. That’s quite a bit smaller in regards to raw battery capacity, but Motorola is still claiming that the Z2 Play will be able to get up to 30-hours of use on a single charge. We’d like to believe Motorola here, but even if the Z2 Play manages to offer battery performance close to what last year’s model accomplished, we would have much rather preferred the company stick with a larger battery capacity instead of going with a super-slim 5.99-millimeter design.
Back to the good stuff, the Z2 Play is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with a relatively close-to-stock Android look with a few small, useful software additions thrown in.
You can buy the Moto Z2 Play from Verizon starting today, and whether you choose to pay for the phone outright or go month-to-month at $17/month, you’ll also get a free JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod thrown in for no extra charge.
If you’re interested in the Moto Z2 Play but aren’t with Verizon, you’ll be able to purchase the GSM unlocked variant directly through Motorola later this summer for $499.