Moto officially reveals the Moto Z3 Play

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The Moto Z line has been hit or miss over the past 2 years, but may would argue that the lesser Z Play models have faired the best among consumers. This week, the company officially announced the next addition with the Moto Z3 Play. The main specs stay true to the mid-range target of previous models:

  • 4GB of Ram
  • 32/64GB of storage (with microSD expansion)
  • 6” full HD AMOLED screen
  • Snapdragon 636 CPU
  • Moto Mod support
  • New dual camera on rear shoot (12MP main and 5MP depth sensor)
  • 3,000mAh battery

While this is mostly updated bullets on the similar past spec sheets, there are a few things that caught my eye. The biggest in a literal sense is the bump to a full 6” screen.  Moto accomplished this by slimming the bezels on all sides and… moving the fingerprint scanner to the side! This used to be a Sony trait, but they recently dropped on the Xperia line and Moto seems to have picked it up. This also forced Moto to move the power button to the left which I’m not crazy about. It’s one of the few things that most OEMs seem consistent about and I hate phones that move it around (like the BlackBerry Keyone).

Another noteworthy addition is that the phone purchase will include the Moto Power Pack Mod. This a $40 value for a 2220mAh battery boost on your daily phone. While you could make the argument that the OG Z Play didn’t need any Mod to get amazing battery life, it’s a nice toss in accessory without additional greenbacks.

The new Moto Z3 Play will be available in Brazil as of right now with availability rolling to other global markets later in the month. Moto claims the wait for US consumers will be a little longer with no set date other than “this summer”. How much will it set back your wallet? US pricing will be $499 with the included Moto Power Pack. What do you guys think — is the Z3 Play a worthy upgrade you may consider?