Moto Z3 Play vs OnePlus 6

It becomes quite a tricky situation when you have to choose between two smartphones with almost the same features and within a limited budget. In such cases, we need to examine the specifications carefully and compare every step. So guys, in this article, we’ll be looking at some the main features of the Motorola Moto Z3 Play and compare it with the OnePlus 6. A situation which arises here is that I go to the market and find out that OnePlus 6 costs $30 more than the MotoZ3 Play. So, we need to make some serious comparisons here.

Moto Z3 Play vs OnePlus 6


The design for Moto Z3 Plus is almost the same as previous Moto Z series devices which is vital for maintaining compatibility with Moto Mods. Attaching the ‘Moto Mods’ can actually transform your Moto Z3 Play phone into an entirely new device like a superzoom camera, projector or boom box and more. The Z3 is compatible with all current 14 Mods and you get free Moto Mod with Moto Z3.

The main difference with Moto Z3 is that a large portion of the body is glass and smoothy. Z3 has a glass front and back with metal frame wrapping its sides. Well, folks, the headphone jack is not available here.

The fingerprint sensor on Z3play is located on the right side whereas power button is on the left side right opposite the fingerprint sensor in mirror position. Hence, this can be considered as another major change. Well, The fingerprint sensor will be more comfortable to reach with your thumb in case of Z3 play while any speed or accuracy issue was not noticed.

The OnePlus6, unlike MotoZ3, is quite different from its previous models. The back of the phone is metallic instead of glass and camera is rotated and moved towards the centre of the body. The OnePlus 6 looks rough and sturdier than the Z3 and weighs 177 grams and 7.7mm thick. The shape of the rear fingerprint scanner is also now oval instead of 5T’s circle. The exterior consists of Gorilla Glass 5.


Both Z3 and Oneplus 6 have the 18:9 aspect ratio in common and smaller and thin bezels on all sides which helps in getting a larger screen area. The MotoZ3 play boasts of 6.01 inches screen using Super AMOLED technology with FHD + resolution, while the display OnePlus 6 comes with slightly bigger 6.28 inches display.

The AMOLED display in Z3play is colourful and vibrant with excellent contrast including deep dark blacks typical of AMOLED display. Although there were some issues with the FHD + resolution, it’s comfortable for browsing the web and enjoying media.

The OnePlus 6 gives you some additional options to retune your display settings to make things more comfortable for you. You can improve the colour accuracy with its RGB mode and further, there are colour temperature sliders to fine tune things as per your preference. But here, a thing worth mentioning is that a low resolution helps your battery charging run longer.

Other Key Differences

S.NoDescriptionMotoZ3 PlayOnePlus6
1.HardwareSOC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Octa-core Kryo 260 at 1.8GHz, GPU- Adreno 509, 4GB and 6GB RAM variants, 64GB and 128 GB storage variants expandable up to 2TB
SOC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 Ghz GPU- Adreno 630, 6GB and 8GB RAM variants – LPDDR4X, 64GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage variants, UFS 2.1 2-lane. Not expandable.
2.SoftwareAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo Oxygen OS
3.CameraRear – Main: 12MP with 1.4-micron pixels, f/1.7 aperture, Secondary: 5MP

Front – 8MP sensor with 1.12-micron pixels,f/2.0 aperture

Rear – Main: 16MP Sony IMX 519 sensor with  1.22 μm pixels, OIS, EIS, f/1.7 aperture

Secondary: 20MP Sony IMX 376 K sensor with 1.0 μm pixels, f/1.7 aperture, Dual LED flash

Video: 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60fps, 720p at 30fps, Super Slow Motion video at 1080p

Front – 16 MP Sony IMX 371 sensor with 1.0 μm pixels, EIS, f/2.0  aperture

4.AudioFront Facing Speaker, USB Type-C Adapter available but the headphone jack is missing. 24-bit audio at 94kHzBottom-firing speaker
Dirac HD Sound
Dirac Power sound headphone jack, USB type-C adapter and single speaker at the bottom
5.BatteryThere is 3,000mAh non-removable battery with the turbocharging feature. Average performance by 2018 standard.3,300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge (5V 4A). Bigger display size doesn’t affect battery performance. Wireless charging not available
6.IP RatingWater-repellent coating

No IP rating

No IP Rating
7.Weight and Dimensions Weight – 156 gms

Dimension – 156.5×70.5×6.75mm

Weight – 177 gms

Dimension – 155.7 x 75,4 x 7.75mm

8.Colours AvailableDeep Indigomirror black, midnight black, silk white


Besides above mentioned specifications, Moto Z3 Play and OnePlus 6 also has additional Bluetooth and connectivity features including sensors like Fingerprint (side mounted), Hall, Accelerometer and Sensor Hub.

So folks, looking at the above mentioned specifications of both Moto Z3play and OnePlus 6, I would suggest you to go for the latter because the money difference is not huge and you get more facilities by shelling out additional $30. Moreover, you can also choose between more colours with OnePlus 6. Although Moto Z3 play is lighter in weight but that is not a big issue.

The camera and battery features also attract me towards the OnePlus 6 and the tough build are good in time of excess smartphone usage. For those who are emotionally attached to the Moto Z series, I respect their choice but in terms of competition, you would certainly want to get the best value for your money.

Thank you so much for your time in reading this piece of information and your valuable comments are invited in the comments section.


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