Following its global debut last month, Motorola’s latest modular smartphone is making its way to Southeast Asia with a regional launch in Bangkok today.

With everyone but Motorola abandoning the modular smartphone dream, a lot is riding on the Moto Z2 Play — does the phone have what it takes to carry the modular torch?

Familiar design inherited from its predecessor but more rounded

The back looks sleeker, but still has a large camera hump. We like the grey model better than the gold one.

Its slimmer profile makes it easier to hold.

It takes two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card all at once. No compromises!

Initial thoughts?

The Moto Z2 Play is a refined, more polished version of its predecessor, addressing some of the original Z Play’s pain points. The phone is thinner and lighter than the original, but not as thin as the Moto Z.

The capacitive home button up front is now rounded and more visually appealing versus the older model’s tiny square with silver trim. This home button doubles as a fingerprint sensor, and unlock times are snappy.

Midrange smartphone with a flagship body

Despite not having a top-of-the-line processor, the Z2 Play’s Snapdragon 626 system-on-a-chip packs a punch.

It also doesn’t skimp on features like a crisp Super AMOLED display, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of storage.

We’ll have to test out its imaging capabilities, but on paper you get a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel main shooter with a bright f/1.7 aperture. Even without the Hasselblad Moto Mod, the Z2 Play is already a capable pocket camera on its own.

Motorola is not giving up its Moto Mods

At GadgetMatch, we believe that one size doesn’t fit all. While we’ve yet to see a phone that literally morphs to match your preference, modular accessories are the closest alternative.

Motorola introduced Moto Mods with the first Moto Z last year and, as promised, the second-generation phone and Mods are still compatible with the first generation and vice versa. You wouldn’t have to throw away your older Moto Mods if you get the Z2 Play.

Here are the latest Moto Mods presented during the launch:

JBL SoundBoost 2

The second-generation JBL SoundBoost accessory now has a fabric cover and is splash proof.

Incipio Vehicle Dock

Turning your phone into a car system, the vehicle dock latches onto your car’s AC grilles.

Once connected, it automatically launches Android Auto.

Moto Gamepad

This is perhaps the biggest Moto Mod yet. It’s a full game pad with directional controls, joystick, and even shoulder buttons. It should elevate your mobile gaming experience once it hits shelves later this quarter.

As an added bonus, it has the Legion logo we see on Lenovo gaming notebooks. It lights up in the dark, too.

Moto Turbo PowerPack

Rather than taking a bulky power bank with you, you may opt to have the PowerPack. It snaps on in an instant like a Moto Style Shell, but gives juice to the smartphone. There’s also a model with Turbo Charging for a quick refill on the go.

Moto Style Shell With Wireless Charging

Not just a way to doll up your phone, the simplest Moto Mod available gets an upgrade with wireless charging capabilities and new design choices.

The Moto Z2 Play is coming to SEA countries in July 2017. The variant coming to the Philippine market will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Puerto Galera: Moto M vs Vivo V5 Lite

SEE ALSO
24 Hours in Puerto Galera: Moto M vs Vivo V5 Lite