Earlier this month, Motorola officially announced the Moto Z3 Play mid-range smartphone at an event held in Brazil. While the Lenovo-owned company hasn’t confirmed any release date for the Indian market just yet, a new report from 91Mobiles has claimed that the Moto Z3 Play could be launched in India very soon.
Moto Z3 Play: Tipped to Launch in India in Early July
The 91Mobiles report claims the Moto Z3 Play is going to be launched in India in the first week of July. While no specific date has been mentioned in the report, we can expect Motorola to confirm the actual launch date very soon if the report is, in fact, accurate.
Moto Z3 Play: Expected Price in India
The 91Mobile report doesn’t include any information with regards to the possible pricing of the handset for the Indian market. However, in Brazil, the smartphone is priced at R$ 2,299, which converts to Rs.41,400 based on the ongoing exchange rate. In the US, the smartphone is priced at $499 (Rs.34,000 approx.) with a Battery Moto Mod bundled along. Here in India, we expect the Moto Z3 Play to be more competitively priced. While the final pricing will only be revealed once the smartphone is formally launched in India, we expect it to cost somewhere around Rs.30,000 at launch here. Its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Play, was launched in India in June last year for Rs.27,999.
Moto Z3 Play: Specifications, Features
Motorola’s first 2018 Moto Z series smartphone, the Moto Z3 Play sports a 6-inch Super AMOLED Max Vision display with 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution, an 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D shaped Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Not only are the bezels surrounding the Moto Z3 Play’s display very thin, the smartphone itself is also impressively thin at just 6.75mm. Similar to the Moto G6 series smartphones, the Moto Z3 Play also comes with a water-repellent coating that makes it resistant to splashes and slight rain.
The Moto Z3 Play runs on a 14nm octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset from Qualcomm, clocked at 1.8 GHz. It comes with an Adreno 509 GPU, coupled with 4GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the smartphone is available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants with a microSD card slot for further expansion up to 2TB. On the back of the mid-range smartphone is a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera setup. Motorola has coupled the primary 12MP sensor with a f/1.7 aperture, while the secondary 5MP sensor is coupled with a f/2.2 aperture. Thanks to the portrait mode feature, you can capture stunning portraits with a nice blur effect in the background. You also get a host of other cool features such as real-time control of camera settings, cutout mode to switch the background, spot color mode, cinemagraphs, and integrated Google Lens. For selfies, the Moto Z3 Play features an 8MP snapper on the front with an f/2.0 aperture, portrait mode, face filters, wide-angle mode, and beautification mode.
Moving on to connectivity features, the Moto Z3 Play supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, 4G VoLTE, and a USB Type-C port. Keeping the lights on is a 3000mAh capacity non-removable battery with a TurboPower charger bundled in the box. The side-mounted fingerprint sensor can be used not just to unlock the device but also to authenticate apps and make payments. Like many other 2018 mid-range smartphones, the Moto Z3 Play additionally supports unlocking with the front-facing camera as well. The smartphone measures 156.6 x 76.5 x 6.7mm in terms of physical size and weighs in at 156 grams. As far as software is concerned, the Moto Z3 Play ships with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box.