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Motorola's Z2 Play sacrifices battery life for sleekness

Motorola's Z2 Play sacrifices battery life for sleekness
From Engadget - June 1, 2017

Before we dive into that, we need to check out the basics. The Moto Z2 Play should feel familiar to current Moto Z owners, as it's just a hair thicker -- just under 6mm thick, compared to the Z's 5.2mm waistline. Both also pack 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screens, though the Z2 Play's panel only runs at 1080p. Fortunately, this display has been very easy to read, even under the smoldering Taipei sun. And the standard headphone jack is here, even though the device is incredibly thin. In fact, some people might find it a little too thin, but I actually kind of love this design. Even better, Motorola seems to be done with the smudge-prone glass seen on last year's Zs -- the Z2 Play has a sleek, fully metal body.

Inside, there's an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset and either 3 or 4GB of RAM, depending on where you got the phone. The new chipset provides offers a more than modest boost in performance over the original Z Play, but do not get your hopes up -- it's a long way from flagship territory. I loaded up a few high-end games (namely, Afterpulse and Telltale Games' Guardians of the Galaxy) and both were just terribly choppy. So far the Z2 Play feels like a perfectly adequate machine for all the Slacking and Telegramming and emailing we have been doing here at Computex, but you'd do well to keep your performance expectations in check. The Play line was never known for its powerhouses.

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