Moto Z Play is not in the same class as the likes of Moto Z and Moto Z Force, especially when talks of specs and performance are brought to the table.
The phone is a slimmed-down variant of the Moto Z flagship, offering just about the same design language, screen size, and the modular features, among other aspects. While the high-end models started seeing Android 7.0 Nougat update towards the dying stages of last year, reports just coming in claim that the Moto Z Play has now begun receiving the beta version of this OS.
As it is, the Moto Z Play has just been made part of the beta-testing program, allowing users of the phone to start enjoying the experience of the new Android 7.0 Nougat OS on their devices before the official rollout begins. The phone was expected to start receiving this treat before the end of this month, well, still have a couple of weeks before the months is over.
It is hard to tell whether the Moto Z Play will only need the said two weeks to go through the tests. However, it is possible that it could take a little longer than this, meaning those on this phone may actually start seeing the OTA update in February 2017. You don’t need to root your Moto Z Play or have an unlocked model to join the beta testing program, a Chinese website, My Drivers, reveals.
Launched last August, the Moto Z Play has a 5.5-inch Full HD display screen and under the hood, you get a Snapdragon 625 SoC as opposed to the Snapdragon 820 used on the Moto Z. This chipset is paired with a RAM of 3GB and 32GB of expandable storage. The back of the phone has a 16MP snapper with PDAF, laser autofocus, and dual-tone LED flash while the front has a 5MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a LED flash as well. Unlike the flagship models, the Moto Z Play keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack.
As noted, the update to Android 7.0 Nougat is open to beta testers, meaning the OS is unstable. As a result, be sure to sign up at your own risk.