Hello Moto: Z2 Play arrives with new Moto Mods

Also along for the ride, new Moto C and Moto E4 series phones


By Nicholas Yong

Just when you believed modular phones have gone to the dumps, the new Moto Z2 Play arrives to prove us wrong - and it’s still compatible with all past Moto Mods.

The base device is still wafer thin, but packs a 5.5in full HD Super AMOLED display, 2.2GHz octa-core processor, and fast charging - 7 hours power in 15 minutes plugged, faster than my toilet break.

The rear shooter has got a little boost too - laser and dual autofocus pixels for sharper low light photos, and for the Insta-addicts, a CCT flash for better-lighted selfies, plus a wide-angle lens to fit all your friends in.

The cool Moto Actions from the Moto G5 Plus also makes its debut on the flagship Motorola device. Swipe left on the fingerprint sensor to go back, right to see opened apps, tap for the home screen, and long press to lock the Moto Z2 Play.

There's a Siri-esque Moto Voice helper to check weather and schedule updates, plus it can help launch an app without unlocking your phone - all without an internet connection. 

This time around, there are a few new Moto Mods (which also work with the original Moto Z if you’re not upgrading). A TurboPower pack for extra battery life, new JBL SoundBoost 2, new case mods that also gives the Moto Z2 Play wireless charging capabilities, and the most interesting of the lot – a GamePad Mod with dual control sticks, a D-pad, four buttons and its own battery pack, so no more fiddling with Bluetooth controllers to play the classic Sega games you’ve downloaded.

Now in Singapore

The Moto Z2 Play is now available for sale in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colours at S$799 from 29 July.

The new Moto Mods: JBL SoundBoost Speaker 2, Turbo Power Pack and Moto GamePad are S$149 and beautiful wireless charging style shells go for S$99 each. But you'll have to wait until COMEX 2017 to dress up your new Moto Z2 Play.

Moto E4 and E4 Plus

Motorola’s also banging on the doors of budget friendly consumers, first up with the Moto E4 and E4 Plus.

The E4 has a 5in HD display, quad-core processor, 8MP autofocus rear and 5MP selfie, along with 2800 mAh of power. This 4G enabled phone has a fingerprint sensor to boot, for S$199 in Iron Gray or Fine Gold.

Then there’s the big brother – the E4 Plus has an increased 5.5in real estate, 13MP autofocus rear camera (5MP on the front), and a whopping 5000 mAh battery for close to two days of non-stop use  - fingerprint sensor and quad-core processor intact.

It’s also on Android 7.1.1, and can be yours for S$299 in Iron Gray and Blush Gold. Both phones arrive 11 August.

Moto C and Moto C Plus

The remaining members of the Moto family are pretty basic phones. The Moto C and Moto C Plus packs a 5in HD screen, a quad-core processor, and its dual SIM, plus it runs on Android 7.0.

Where it differs though, is the upgraded 8MP/2MP combo on the Moto C Plus over the 5MP/2MP cameras on the Moto C, and a 4000mAh battery against 2350mAh pack.

Moto C is priced at S$149 in Starry Black or Pearl White, while the Moto C Plus is S$249 in either Starry Black or Fine Gold. The Moto C arrives 11 August, while the Moto C Plus will make its debut at COMEX 2017.