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Moto Z3 Play CAD renders reveal side-mounted fingerprint sensor, no 3.5mm jack

We got a good look at the upcoming Moto G6 series last week, and early CAD renders based on factory schematics give us a first look at the Moto Z3 Play. Coming by way of OnLeaks and KillerFeatures, the Moto Z3 Play is slated to offer an 18:9 panel at the front with the Motorla logo emblazoned on the chin.

Moto Z3 Play

From the renders, it looks like the home button is making way for a side-mounted fingerprint sensor — located on the right side of the device alongside the volume buttons — with the power button located on the left. There's a dual camera setup at the back, and the magnetic connectors for the Moto Mods are located at the bottom like previous years.

Moto Z3 Play

The device is expected to come in at 156.4 x 76.47 x 6.65mm, making it 0.7mm thicker than last year's phone. However, it looks like the Moto Z3 Play will ditch the 3.5mm jack, as there doesn't appear to be a cutout for the analog port either at the top or bottom of the phone. Motorola eschewed the headphone jack on its Moto Z series for a few generations now, and it looks like the Z Play series will follow suit this year.

As for the hardware, the Moto Z3 Play is rumored to be powered by the Snapdragon 636, the same chipset that's used in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Other specs include up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, 12MP + 8MP cameras at the back, and a 3000mAh battery.

What do you guys make of the design of the Moto Z3 Play from the renders above?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

13 Comments
  • Gee, I hope it comes with a notch screen too. You know, just to make sure Moto does a thorough job of destroying this phone.
    Seriously, what the industry "knows" the consumer wants from their phones these days just makes me shake my head.
  • Apple got all the hate but they were actually the first to do that. In a year or two, no one will miss the headphone jack
  • Technically the Moto z dropped the headphone jack before apple. Just not on the z play.
  • Will current moto mods fit it since they're going 18:9?
  • Yes.
  • Still makes no sense, they keep the same smaller battery from the Z Play 2, remove the 3.5mm jack, but still make the phone thicker for no apparent purpose.
  • Another OEM that doesn't know what consumer's want. No headphone jack. I have never liked the takeover of Motorola by Lenovo!
  • Oh well. Instead of selling 10 they'll sell 9.
  • I'm on a 2016 Z Play. Given where it appears the Z3 is headed, it looks like I'll either upgrade to last year's Z2 Play or the new G6 Play...tho in the latter case I'd lose out on the mods advantage 🤔.... decisions, decisions 😂
  • Eh, I'd hold out and see how the Z3 Play specs out. Maybe the processor is more efficient or they shrunk down the logicboard.
  • It real simple folks -- NO headphone jack for any phone means NO SALE for me. That is unless all the manufacturers can come up with and use a standard DAC in USB Type C headphones. In fact, I would go back to using an Iphone as Apple offers inexpensive lightening connector earbuds that are widely available since they are Apple. I just can't figure out why Android manufacturers can't standardize on a DAC for USB Type C especially since they are in such a rush to throw out headphone jacks.
  • Geez. I really liked my moto z play but opted not to upgrade to the z2 due to price--and missed out on some software improvements (wi-fi calling). I generally avoid phones with no headphone jack, as I do not think there is an appropriate usb-c replacement--that is cross-platform and as universal as the 3.5 mm headphone jack. I thought I could make do, but the HTC u11 not only removed the headphone jack but made their phone headphones kind of proprietary and difficult to use. If any manufacturer wants to go the route of HTC, then by all means remove the headphone jack. In the mean time I'll spend my $$ elsewhere.
  • HTC headphones being proprietary is expected because it goes beyond the capabilities of 3.5 *and* current USB C standards. HTC had to decide between limiting themselves, or creating the audio breakthrough of the decade. I'm glad they chose the latter, even if it makes my Sony, Sennheiser, and Ghostek headphones obsolete. I'm curious though, how are HTC USonic headphones more difficult to use? You just plug them in.