Lenovo Kills the Major USP of Moto Z2 Play with Obsession for Thinness

Moto Z2 Play

Just look around and you’ll agree that the Moto Z series has some of the slimmest smartphones in the market right now.

The standard Moto Z measures a mere 5.2mm thick while the Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play have the same measurement of 7mm thick. The main reason why the original Z Play and the high-end Z Force are thicker than the standard model is they carry much bigger 3500mAh (3510mAh for the Z Play) battery units. While the latter might be buoyed by the fact that it also ships with high-end specs and features, the former doesn’t have much to boast about other than the impressive battery capacity.

At TWG, we haven’t heard of any complaints regarding the 7mm thickness of the Moto Z Play. But apparently, Lenovo-owned Motorola seems to have heard wind of such a thing, the result of which will be an even thinner Moto Z2 Play. With a thinner Z2 Play, you’ll be having one of the slickest phones in the market, but there’s something to give and many won’t like it.

If the Moto Z2 Play goes ahead to shed some thickness off of the original Z Play, the result will be a smaller 3000mAh battery unit. This was the Z Play’s major unique selling point (USP), considering that the phone ships with midrange specs (although not bad since it also works with the Moto Mods). The Z2 Play is also expected to keep supporting the Moto Mods, but with a smaller battery unit, Motorola stands to lose a number of fans.


Lenovo has plans to debut a Moto Z2 Play that is a full millimeter thinner than its predecessor and due to the reduced battery capacity, you also get a lighter phone compared to the 2016 model, which weighs 165g. Like 2016, the Moto Z2 Play will keep using midrange specs, making a small jump from Snapdragon 625 to Snapdragon 626, which is just a faster-clocked version of the original at 2.2GHz.

Moto Z2 Play

In terms of memory, which is perhaps the new selling point, there are some impressive step-ups. The Moto Z2 Play will get a 4GB RAM and a massive 64GB storage, which should be expandable. The phone will keep the same 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display screen used on the original alongside a 1080p resolution.

The back camera of the Z Play had a 16MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0, however, the new Moto Z2 Play will come in with a much better shooter – albeit sacrificing some megapixels – a 12MP lens with a larger f/1.7 aperture and dual autofocus pixels. The front camera will be the same 5MP shooter used on last year’s model, which had an aperture of f/2.2.

For those who’ll still be willing to get the new Moto Z2 Play, it will come in Fine Gold and Lunar Gray color variants. Apparently, the Moto Z series should be unveiled on June 8.


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