The Moto Mod JBL stereo speaker, however, adds so much more depth adding hints of bass from 70Hz. Its not room shaking but it changes the sound signature to warm and sweet which is best for movies and music.


Other Fingerprint sensor built into the right side power button
Face unlock
A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, BeiDou, compass

We could be unkind and say how infuriating it is to have the power button on the left side, but after a week it was simply like driving a European car with the indicators on the wrong side too! Face unlock was consistently accurate but could be a little slow in dim light.


Battery 3,000 mAh battery
15W Quick charge Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
30 minutes gives approx. 50% battery charge
Extendable with Moto Mod to include Qi and power banks

GeekBench battery test was 8 hours at 100% CPU load and a battery score of 4532.

The FHD video loop went for 11 hours.

In general use, it easily went a day and a half.

Using the 15W charger, it went from 0-100% in just over an hour. Using a standard 5V/2A charger, it took about five hours. Using a 10W Moto Mod Qi charge back it charges in 3 hours.

But note that you can add a Moto Mod power or Turbopower back and add an extra day or two use.


LTE Qualcomm X12 modem Cat 13 (600/75Mbps)
Bands  1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41
Sim Dual sim (Hybrid with microSD card)
Only first sim can be 4G
Other VoLTE and VoWiFi depends on the carrier

Operating system

OS Android 8.1
Android Pie coming and perhaps Android Q
Security updates for three years
Pure Android uses all Google Apps including Google Assistant and Google Lens
Moto Experiences: Gestures three finger screenshot, screenshot editor, one-button navigation, chop twice for a flashlight, twist for quick capture, swipe to shrink the screen, pick up to stop ringing, flip for do not disturb

Build etc

Colours Deep Indigo
Build Aluminium 6000-grade fr
Front and rear Gorilla Glass 3.
Dimensions 156.5 x 76.5 x 6.75mm x 156g
IP Rating Splash resistant p2i
Z3 Play

What is missing

Missing No notification LED
IP rating – although few mid-range smartphones have it
3.5mm jack (USB-C adaptor supplied)


Rear Camera 1
12MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixel. phase detection auto-focus (PDAF)
Face/smile detection, HDR, dual-tone LED flash, spot colour, cut-out mode,
[email protected] video
Google Lens and free Google Photo storage
Missing: OIS (Qualcomm SoC provides some EIS for video)
Rear Camera 2 5MP, depth sensor for bokeh
Selfie 8MP, 3264 x 2448, f/2.0, 1.12µm pixel, 84°, fixed-focus, screen fill-flash, [email protected]
Google Lens

Under the right conditions, The Z3 Play can produce brilliant photos, but it is mostly just a solid performer. The Hasselblad 10X True Zoom really adds to the Z3!

Low light is its Achilles heel and flash can overpower light areas. The best results here are with a tripod. Let’s face it lack of OIS on any smartphone makes low light photography challenging.

Daylight, outdoors

Vibrant yet accurate colours, sharp image, good detail

Z3 Play

ISO 50, 1/2500 sec 4.5MB

Indoors Office Light

Great detail, accurate colours and just enough bokeh

Z3 Play

ISO 92, 1/100 sec, 3.2MB

Low light

Quite a good shot bringing up light and colours to acceptable levels. PC monitor screen washout is evident despite HDR. Flash would have overpowered this shot.

Z3 Play

ISO 289, 1/30 sec, 2.9MB