Lenovo has just launched the Lenovo P2, a big battery smartphone (5100mAh battery) with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Well, Lenovo just gave a big blow to its cousin, the Moto Z Play. The Z Play is known for providing an excellent battery backup, thanks to the Snapdragon 625 chipset which powers the phone. It is the most power efficient processor to come from Qualcomm stable and now finds a place in Lenovo P2 but with alongside a bigger battery.
Display & Design:
The Lenovo P2 flaunts a full-metal unibody design with rounded corners and a curved back. Whereas the Moto Z Play showcases a glass metal sandwich design with an aluminium frame. The build quality of Moto Z Play is excellent, and it looks way more premium than the Lenovo P2.
Both the phone feature a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, so it’s a tie in terms of display, but Moto Z Play wins by a considerable margin in terms of design. Moto Z Play also offers modularity with Moto Mods. These Mods are the swappable hardware which can be added to the phone to increase/enhance functionality. Motorola is currently offering Insta Share Projector, Hasselblad True Zoom Camera, JBL Soundboost and many other Mods which can be bought separately or along with the phone.
Overall, Moto Z Play wins the battle here with a premium looks and its modular functions.
The Lenovo P2 houses a 13-megapixel PDAF rear camera with Sony sensor with an LED flash and is capable of recording Full HD video at 30 frames per second (FPS). The Moto Z Play, on the other hand, features a 16-megapixel camera accompanied with dual-tone LED flash and is capable of recording 2160p and 1080p videos at 30 FPS. It can also record 720p slow motion videos at 120 FPS. Moto Z Play also comes with two autofocus technologies (PDAF and laser autofocus) which work really fast to produce crystal clear images.
Overall the Moto Z Play has a better camera with much better autofocus capabilities. Also, it is capable of recording videos at 2k quality whereas the Lenovo P2 is restricted to 1080p only. So, the Moto Z Play wins another battle camera.
Both the phones are powered by the same octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2.0GHz. The Moto Z Play comes with 3GB of RAM whereas the Lenovo P2 gets of 3GB and 4GB RAM options.
So, if we leave aside the 4GB RAM variant of Lenovo P2 here, the performance section ties between both the phone. But, as Lenovo is offering another variant with more RAM, Lenovo P2 has the upper hand here, hence wins this battle with just a little margin.
This is the section where we all knows the Lenovo P2 is the winner without even discussing further. The Moto Z Play packs in a 3510mAh battery whereas the Lenovo P2 packs in a massive 5100mAh while bearing the same processor and display size.
So, we have a clear winner here, i.e., Lenovo P2. Although it would be interesting to see whether Lenovo P2 provides as long lasting battery as the company claims it to.
Both the phones run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but Lenovo offers its own UI built on the top of OS whereas the Moto Z Play comes with near stock UI. The UI offered by Moto offers the pure Android experience and also doesn’t come with unwanted bloatware. Whereas the Lenovo offers Vibe UI which is comparatively bulkier than the stock UI and comes with a couple of preloaded apps.
Historically Motorola has been known to provide software updates faster than any other smartphone maker. Also, Moto Z Play has received the Nougat update. Hence the Z Play wins the battle here.
Well, except for the battery, the Moto Z Play does look better than the Lenovo P2, but there’s a catch. The P2 is Rs 8,000 cheaper than the Z Play which tips the scale into Lenovo’s favour. So, even after losing numerous battles, the Lenovo P2 won the war.
Well, when it comes to choosing a phone among these two, it comes down to your personal priority. If design and modularity matter most to you, go for Moto Z Play. Otherwise, Lenovo P2 is an excellent choice and probably the only smartphone to provide three days of battery backup. Also, it doesn’t burn a big hole in your pocket.
So, the ball is in your court now. Which one would you pick? Tell us in the comment box.