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Motorola Moto Z2 Play review: camera and display

The Moto Z2 Play comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, leading to a pixel density of 401 ppi. As expected in the AMOLED screen, you have to enjoy vibrant colors and deep blacks, in addition to good viewing angles. However, the display does not get really bright, making it tough to read under direct sun even with the brightness set to maximum.

Under the hood, you will find Qualcomm's Snapdragon 626 Mobile Platform, backed from the Adreno 506 GPU and either 4 or 3 GB of RAM. This Verizon version of the unit is your three GB model, which is exactly what I've been using for the past week.


The phone performs nicely with general daily tasks such as browsing the internet, reading mails, and assessing social websites. However, it will are inclined to drop frames on occasion when enjoying graphic-intensive games. That is not something that you will discover frequently though, since the experience is quite easy for the most part. I never found that the infrequent dropped frame to be much of a distraction.

Another addition that Motorola has made together with the Moto Z2 Play is at the camera section. The number of pixels has now been decreased now around to 12 MP in favour of bigger pixels, and the camera now comes with a lens with a far wider f/1.7 aperture.

This certainly helps with creating brighter pictures in low light conditions, however, the camera still needs to resort to the slowest shutter speed possible which may lead to a great deal of noise. The camera is much slower to a capture in low light situations particularly when using HDR, also with optical image stabilization, don't expect the photographs to have much sharpness or detail. Colors are also very washed out, and highlights are overblown with plenty of lens flares.

Photographs captured in great light conditions are definitely better and feature more precise color reproduction and detail. But, images still lack sharpness, and properly exposed highlights are equally as problematic here as they are in low light. In general, camera functionality is sufficient, but is unfortunately not very near competing with an expensive flagships outside there.

The front-facing camera stays unchanged from what has been available using its predecessor. The 5 MP shooter using an f/2.2 aperture and also front-facing LED display does a good job in regards to carrying selfies. While the front display does well to illuminate your face without being overly harsh, it will cause a great deal of detail to get crushed in the background, nearly to a point at which you may be better off not using it.