Motorola has finally launched the successor of the Moto Z Play in India. Dubbed as Moto Z2 Play, the smartphone is available at a starting price of Rs 27,99 and will available across all leading retail stores and Flipkart. With this, Motorola is all set to grab a sizeable chunk of market share in the mid-premium price segment.
However, the one device that will make it difficult for the newly-launched Moto Z2 Play is none other than OnePlus 3T, which comes with a price tag of Rs 29,999. Though the OnePlus is all set to launch its next flagship device, the OnePlus 5, in India one June 22, the last year flagship device is still one of the best-selling smartphones at this price range. So, can the Moto Z2 Play dethrone the OnePlus 3T to become peoples’ favourite? Let’s find out.
Design and Display
Starting with the newly-launched Moto Z2 Play, the design carries a similar design language when compared to its predecessor (the Moto Z Play), with some noticeable changes. The smartphone is now sleeker with just 5.99mm thickness and lighter with 145 grams. However, OnePlus 3T is not far behind. Though it looks identical as the OnePlus 3, its metal unibody construction with of the device slightly falling towards the chamfered edges does give a premium look.
The OnePlus 3T is 7.4mm thick and weighs 158 grams. Both the devices come with some stunning look, but if we have to choose between the two then we will go with the Moto Z2 Play, as it is sleeker and lighter than the OnePlus 3T.
Moving on to the display department, both the smartphones boast 5.5-inch Full HD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. However, the only difference here is that OnePlus 3T features an Optic AMOLED screen, while the Moto Z2 Play sports a Super AMOLED display. We will call this round a tie as both the smartphones features almost similar displays.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, the Moto Z2 Play is powered an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor clocked at 2.2GHz. It is backed up by a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 2TB via micro SD card slot. On the other hand, the OnePlus 3T the OnePlus 3T is powered by a 64-bit 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with Adreno 530 GPU and 6GB RAM. No memory card slot here.
However, the device does come with Dual SIM functionality which can hold two Nano SIMs. This is where OnePlus 3T takes the lead as it comes loaded with a flagship-level processor as compared to the mid-range chipset used in the Moto Z2 Play. Plus, the former sports a better RAM as compared to the latter, which makes it a winner in this round.
On the software front, both the smartphone runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat and both of them features a stock Android experience, which further makes it difficult to choose best from both of them. So, once again we call this round as a tie.
The OnePlus 3T sports a 16-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), OIS, 1.12-micron pixel size and LED flash. The front camera is a 16-megapixel shooter as well, with f/2.0 aperture and the size of each pixel is 1.0 microns.
The Moto Z2 Play features a 12-megapixel rear camera with 1.4-micron pixels, f/1.7 aperture, dual LED flash and laser and dual autofocus lens. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture, wide-angle lens and a front flash. This is where it gets real close. One hand, OnePlus has a better megapixel count, but Moto Z2 Play has a larger aperture. However, judging from specs sheet, OnePlus 3T emerges as a winner with better cameras, at least on paper, but we would recommend you to hold on for our detailed review of Moto Z2 Play the devices before comparing the camera performance.
Battery and Connectivity
In the battery department, OnePlus 3T takes the lead with its 3400 mAh non-removable battery as compared to a 3000 mAh battery present on the Moto Z2 Play. Moreover, OnePlus’s Dash Charging technology still sits at the top with its amazing results, while Moto’s Turbocharging technology is not far behind.
For connectivity, both the devices come with built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G-LTE, Bluetooth v4.1 on Nubia Z11 and v4.2 on OnePlus 3T, GPS, and USB Type-C.
To sum up, both the devices comes loaded with some interesting specs sheet. Moto Z2 Play has sleek design coupled with the support for Moto Mods, which surely makes a difference for the potential buyers. But OnePlus 3T can be considered as a more powerful option with the flagship-level processor, more RAM and better battery backup. To conclude, if you are willing to spend Rs 30,000 and looking for a power-packed performance then we suggest you for the OnePlus 3T. If you are intimidated by the modular concept, then Moto Z2 Play can be considered as a decent option.