Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Research | By Chelsea Rogers

Moto Z Play Starts Getting April Android Security Patch

Moto Z Play Starts Getting April Android Security Patch

That's 510 mAh less than the battery found in the Moto Z Play. The original Moto Z Play boasted a 3510mAh battery, however, the Z2 will only include a 3000mAh battery.

One of the biggest selling points of the Moto Z Play has been its battery life, so it's kind of unusual to hear that Motorola may be substantially slimming down the battery included with the Moto Z2 Play. The RAM capacity has been increased to 4GB from 3GB in its predecessor. Theoretically, this will affect the battery life, and according to the marketing material the Moto Z2 Play will feature 30 hours of active usage, down from 50 hours on the Moto Z Play. The reduction in battery limit accompanies a drop in the smartphone's thickness, which was one of the primary reasons for most people not to go for the device. Lenovo will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 as the SoC.

We'll have to wait until an official announcement to make sure these specs pan out, but if accurate the Moto Z2 Play is looking like a mix of compromises and improvements over the original. The biggest problem with tablets is that they are mostly just larger version of our phones, and an experience tailored for the big screen could propel interest again.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat-powered Moto Z2 Play will therefore be 6mm thick and weigh 145g.

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Motorola Mobility's Moto Z Play started receiving the April 2017 Android Security Update on Friday, as reported by one owner of the device who recently took to Reddit to provide screenshots proving that their smartphone is running Google's recent security patch.

The rear camera will also see an upgrade with a new 12MP camera unit with f/1.7 aperture, a change from 16MP f/2.0 camera on Moto Z Play.

The Moto Z2 Play is set to be sold in Lunar Gray and Fine Gold color options. The device is highly expected to be unveiled sometime in June, along with the Moto Z2 and the Moto Z2 Force. At the entry-level end, there's Moto C and Moto C Plus, as well as Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus.

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