This year, Motorola decided to expand its smartphone portfolio and today has so many devices that they began to compete with each other. This is the case of Moto Z2 Play and the latest release, the Moto X4, which was announced with a suggested price of R$ 1,700, the same price range as the Moto Z2 Play currently. But what does every smartphone have to be positive and negative when confronted? Let’s go to the comparative.

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Moto X4 vs. Moto Z2 Play: software

The two smartphones come with Android Nougat with expected upgrade to Oreo. Motorola has one of the purest Android on the market, although in recent years it has put more apps and changed the interface a little, especially the face of icons. There is little distinction between the platforms, but the Moto X4 stands out with the few but good features that Motorola has created for its iconic smartphone.

Among them are what Motorola calls The Moto Experiences, such as the possibility of connecting the smartphone to up to four Bluetooth audio devices simultaneously, or the Quick Screen Capture function that allows the user to print the screen by pressing the display with only three fingers at the same time, and even the Moto Key, it allows you to unlock password-protected websites, by mobile phone or laptop, with a simple tap on the multifunction fingerprint sensor. It’s not a super advantage, but it’s a Moto X4 differential over the Moto Z2 Play.

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Moto X4 vs. Moto Z2 Play: screen

The screen is one of the great differentiators of the Moto Z2 Play compared to the Moto X4, this is because the Moto Z2 Play has a Super AMOLED screen while the X4 has an IPS LCD screen. The screen of the Moto Z2 Play is 5.5 inches and the Moto X4 5.2-inch. In terms of resolution, the two are equipped: Full HD with resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, in aspect 16:9. But as we already know around here, the AMOLED display offers much more brightness compared to an IPS LCD screen.

AMOLED or IPS, what is your?/ © AndrdoiPIT

Moto X4 vs. Moto Z2 Play: camera

This is the point at which the Moto X4 is perhaps more attractive than the Moto Z2 Play, as it has a dual camera. The Rear Camera of the Moto Z2 Play has two interesting technologies, though: Dual Autofocus Pixel and laser focus, which offers a range three times greater than its previous generation, capturing objects up to 5 meters away. The 5 MP front camera has an 85º open angle lens and dual color-balanced (CCT) flash.

Normal camera or dual camera? / © AndrdoidPIT

In turn, the Moto X4 arrives with a smart dual rear camera, with advanced features such as selective focus, featured color, object recognition, and panoramic selfies with a 16 MP front camera. Within the improvements in the camera software are the Object Recognition and Sights function, which shows the user general information about what is being seen through their lenses.

You can even read business cards and quickly add them to contacts. Another cool feature is Animations and Graphic Effects, which allow you to add a layer of drawings to photos or videos using augmented reality features. Something we’ve seen on smartphones from other brands, but that’s cool.

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The dual rear camera software also allows you to add a blurry background, that one of the bokeh effect, select black and white for the foreground or background of the image, or even change the background, function we have already seen in the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus.

The other novelty that comes with the Moto X4 is the featured color effect, which allows you to highlight one of the colors in the image, leaving everything else in black and white. In addition, the Moto X4 camera also has Dual Autofocus Pixel technology for a quick focus in low-light situations. And if all this wasn’t enough on the rear camera, the Moto X4’s front camera is 16 MP.

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Moto X4 has many more cameras/©

Moto Z2 Play Vs Moto X4: drums

In the battery there is not much to talk about, after all the two devices have battery of 3,000 mAh and comes equipped with TurboPower charging, which provides up to six hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge.

Moto Z2 Play Vs Moto X4: snaps

That may be the cat jump of the Moto Z2 Play against the Moto X4, but that’s only if you’re willing to spend more on buying snaps, since only the Moto Z2 Play allows you to buy battery and camera accessories, for example. Or a sound box or portable projector.

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Moto X4 vs. Moto Z2 Play: conclusion

Of course before concluding we will look at the hardware set of both equipment: while the Moto Z2 Play comes equipped with Snapdragon 626, GPU Adreno 506, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage memory, the Moto X4 comes with Snapdragon 630, GPU Adreno 508 and 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.

If you care about smartphone space, this is one more something to consider on the Moto Z2 Play. In fact, the Moto Z2 Play seems to fare better in almost every respect compared to your colleague, except if you’re looking for a dual camera and software features. Then you better get the last shot anyway.

So, what would be your choice? Moto Z2 Play or Moto X4?

Motorola Moto Z2 Play vs. Motorola Moto X4 – Technical Specifications

  Motorola Moto Z2 Play Motorola Moto X4
Dimensions: 156.2 x 76.2 x 5.99 mm 148.35 x 73.4 x 7.99 mm
Weight: 145 g 163 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.5 inches 5.2 inches
Screen technology: AMOLED LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi) 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
Front camera 5 megapixels 16 megapixels
Rear camera 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flash: Dual-LED LED
Android version: 8.0 – Oreo 7.1 – Nougat
Interface: Stock Android Not available yet.
RAM: 4 GB Not available yet.
Internal memory: 64 GB Not available yet.
Removable memory: microSD microSD
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Number of cores: 8 8
Max speed. 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Connectivity HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth HSPA, LTE, Bluetooth


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