The Moto flagships launched last year always provided mediocre battery life. The Moto Z stuffed in a small battery just to make the device thinner. The only exception was the Moto Z Play. It was a little thick and included a larger battery that lasted for a couple of days on a single charge. However, the Moto Z2 Play may opt for a smaller battery this time around.
The Moto Z Play included the fairly efficient Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB of RAM and sported a 1080p display. All this was backed by a massive 3,510 mAh battery and it claimed to provide 50-hour battery life. It was definitely a little thicker, but the Pros far out weighed the Cons.
Even Blass has reported that Motorola is ditching the huge battery for the Moto Z2 Play. As a result, the smartphone is set to become 1mm thinner and hence 20g lighter. This will result in the reduction of battery size from 3,510 mAh to 3,000 mAh. The battery life estimate would go down from 50 hours to a mere 30 hours and this is very disappointing.
The Z2 Play is however rumoured to come with power efficient specs which include a Snapdragon 626 SoC clocked at a 2.2 GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The resolution of the display will remain at 1080p.
As for optics, the Moto Z2 Play will opt for a 12MP rear camera on the rear instead of the 16MP sensor found in its predecessor. This will improve low light performance since the pixel size increases. However, the same 5MP sensor would be retained for the front facing camera.
This is a very disappointing move from Motorola. The Moto Z Play was praised for its battery life and Moto is taking away one of the biggest strengths of the device.