The Moto Z Play and the OnePlus 3 are devices that not many are unaware of. They fall in the same price range and have exceptional qualities about them. Both are byproducts of Chinese smartphone companies, and hence it will be interesting to see which one stands out the most. The Moto Z Play is a modular device that will give you the pleasure of playing around with it, just as its name suggests. While the OnePlus 3 is the fourth offering from OnePlus and comes with a large RAM, which might prove really essential for powerful tasks. So which one should you finally go for? Let us take a look.

 Design and Display

 The Moto Z Play  flaunts a  dull metallic finish unibody with dimensions of 156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm and weighs 165g . It also has a glass back which makes it look simple yet smart. The OnePlus 3 also sports a metal uni-body construction but is far goodlooking than its competitor. It has a glass front which is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The smartphone is 7.35mm thin and weighs 158 grams.

 The Moto Z Play comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and has a Full HD resolution with 403 pixel per inch. It also features Motorola’s Active Display intact. If you wave your hand over the phone, it senses your presence with limited information like time, date and notification icons.

 The One Plus 3  packs a 5.5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED display with 401 pixel per inch, which is quite similar to that of the Moto Z Play. The smartphone has a proximity display, where if you wave your hand over the front-facing camera while the screen is off, it will light up and show you the time, date and other notifications.

 Both the phones come with a fingerprint scanner.

 The Moto Z Play comes with a  water-repellent nano-coating which makes it good enough to survive accidental spills, splashes or light rain, not full submersions

 Processor, Storage and OS

 The Moto Z Play comes with a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor combined with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU.

 The OnePlus 3 however comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. With two of the cores clocking a speed of 2.2GHz while the other two clocks a speed of 1.6GHz. It has a mammoth 6GB RAM  and an Adreno 530 GPU.

Both the devices come with 64GB, with Moto offering a 32GB variant as well. While the Moto Z Play can be expanded upto 2TB, there is no way to expand the internal storage of the OnePlus 3 as it lacks a microSD card slot.

 The Moto Z Play runs on stock Android Marshmallow, with no customizations. The OnePlus 3 on the other hand runs on Oxygen OS atop Android Marshmallow. Oxygen OS comes with its own set of tweaks and customisations.


 The Moto Z Play has a 16MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture. It combines laser autofocus and phase detection autofocus for zero shutter lag, but does not have great low-light capabilities and lacks optical image stabilization. It also comes with dual LED flash

It has a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle 85 degree lens. Video capabilities are quite  good as it can shoot 30fps at 4K.

 The OnePlus 3 features a 16MP rear camera with a Sony PDAF sensor with  features including Phase Detection AutoFocus, OIS (optical image stabilization), EIS (electronic image stablisation, Auto HDR, HD Mode and Dynamic De-Noise.

The 8MP front camera takes images that are crisp and detailed, with hardly any noise.

The OnePlus 3 can also take 4K videos. The OIS helps stabilise videos very well.


 The Moto Z Play comes with a 3,510mAh battery backup that lasts up to  44 to 48 hours based on your usage. It also comes with turbo charging feature.

 OnePlus has a 3,000mAh li-po non removable battery that lasts for an entire day. It comes with DashCharge feature, which promises a 60% charge in just 30 minutes.

 Both the smartphones come with connectivity options which are 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with A-GPS, NFC and USB type C.


 Both the smartphones are quite unique in their own way, the Moto with its MotoMods, and the Oneplus 3 with its large RAM. If you want a large battery backup phone and can invest a few more bucks and get hold of the Moto Mods which are a set of optional accessories that can be attached to the back of the device to add functionality, then the Moto Z Play is a great device. But if you want an all rounder device that looks stunning as well, go for the OnePlus 3.