Testing autonomy Z2 Moto Play Moto Mods modules
Smartphone Moto Z2 Play is one of the thinnest and lightest devices on the market, with the flagship set of possibilities. But take a look on its Super AMOLED screen, the thickness of 5.99 mm and the battery capacity is 3000 mAh… as in a head thoughts of regular chargers and external batteries. The manufacturer claims that to worry about. But we trust only the results of their own tests. So find out how hardy Moto Z2 Play in the daily operation and how it will help the module powerbank Turbo Power Pack, which was voted most readers 4PDA in a recent poll.
What we’re dealing with?
The key feature of Moto Z2 Play — body thickness of only 5.9 mm and weighing 145 grams, which is very unusual for a gadget with a 5.5-inch display. Then installed Super AMOLED matrix is a significant plus in favor of energy saving. The second advantage — cost chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, made on 14-nanometer process technology. Onboard 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz, and even 4 GB of RAM. The graphical part is represented by the accelerator Adreno 506 internal storage device 64 GB. There is also a slot for memory cards microSDXC, does not prevent the simultaneous use of two SIM cards.
On the opposite side of the scale of energy consumption is modest in numbers, Li-Pol battery on 3000 mAh. It supports fast charging QuickCharge 2.0, which corresponds to the supplied AC charger. In this mode, fully charge the battery from 0 to 100% possible in 70 minutes, but a simple 2A charger will cope with this task in just two hours.
But there is another way to charge Moto Z2 Play — accessory Turbo Power line of MotoMods. Superficially resembling a protective pad on the body, this 92-gram gadget is extremely easy to install and can claim 3000 mAh of energy, which ultimately gives 6000 mAh. And most importantly, the accessory is supported by quick charging — do the Turbo Power. He is very humane of money, so the measure will be together with him, and at the same time share your experiences from wearing such “bundles”.
How does the Turbo Power?
At first glance, additional mod Turbo Power with built-in battery 3000 mAh — normal external charging. But it’s not. He is able to operate in two modes: a quick replenishment of energy of the smartphone to 100% or smart maintenance of built-in battery in the range of 20-80%, the best for lithium batteries. Select your preferred option in the mod options. Also there will be able to reboot the accessory and even upgrade its firmware.
Charge Turbo Power can be separately putting it into a bag with the usual poverbank, leaving the house at night, from your computer or any other convenient method. And you can connect it to the charger along with the smartphone and get the morning 6000 mAh. The main thing — not to connect the charger to the mobile, otherwise the accessory will not charge.
Benchmarks in the style of Moto
Device Moto interestingly behaved in benchmarks, especially when trying to measure the result of autonomy in PCMark. Z2 Play each time the test freezes at any point, and before reaching the finish line. Nothing terrible, it is even more interesting. We still found a way to fix the battery consumption on your charts with the app GSam Battery Monitor. In the graphs presented below, presented a detailed report on the test results. Please note that the orange line is the curve of CPU usage, blue — discharging curve.
Photographed with the prefix Moto
The unit is built great 12-megapixel camera with a bright lens and fast reaction to changing circumstances. Add to that laser focus and get good pictures in any situation. But how much influence using the camera on battery consumption? It would seem that we will have always-on screen and heating when shooting video can reach obscene values.
To start, let’s measure the power consumption during continuous shooting 300 frames, and then take a half-hour video at maximum resolution. This load definitely should “drop off” at least a quarter of the battery.
- 300 photos: 5% charge
- 30 minutes of video in 4K: 7% charge
Now repeat the measurements, but this time will be removed using an accessory from Hasselblad. This mod doesn’t have its own power and consume the battery energy of the smartphone. Design gross weight is 290 grams, which is not much different from simple “soap”. So, the same series of images and videos.
- 300 photos: 18% charge
- 300 photos with flash: 60% charge
- 30 minutes of video in Full HD: 18% charge
A mechanical shutter accessory, movable optics with a powerful zoom and an infrared lamp, in combination with shooting in RAW is a severe test for battery Moto Z2 Play. If shooting with the xenon flash, the power consumption increases three times. With videos the situation is not so critical, but the difference is also impressive.
Traditionally most energy-intensive ways to use smartphone is the navigation. In addition, the Z2 screen Moto Play size close to original navigation, new cars, and the slim and lightweight design allows you to fix it by means of holders mounted on the air vent is blowing. The only question is how much power consumes everyone’s favorite navigation from “Yandex”, if the screen brightness set to 50%?
- 1 hour navigation: 12% charge
Interestingly, the main consumer of energy in this mode is the screen so dim result drops to 9%, and at maximum it reaches 16% in an hour.
Public transport is good when there is no traffic jams and no rush hour. But if, for instance need to carry goods (especially oversized), without a car — anywhere. And if so, what navigation app in the device (in our case “Navitel”) — a severe need. To the beginning of the working day Moto Z2 Play was charged to at least 80%, in the assist device was placed together with the mod TurboPower (the charge level of the device seen in the screenshot).
Go. Ride through half the city took about an hour, the cargo was unloaded, and the driver drove on, on the reverse. During the trip the Turbo Power “driven” smartphone 4%, and he spent about 9%. We chose the mode “charge to 80%” to support the autonomy of the Z2 Play on the road.
- 1 hour of navigation: at 80% screen brightness “moto-poverbank” lost 9%
In these measurements it is interesting to see the difference in the power consumption of the chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 in moderate and maximum loads. We often run games to kill time, not for aesthetic pleasure and spiritual development. And if so, curious to know the difference in the duration of the game in kazualki and colorful action on a single battery charge. The role of the subjects experienced a pseudo-racing simulator Real Racing 3 and cartoon Swamp Attack. Both unobtrusive in-app purchases, the hallmark of mobile games today.
- Hour game Real Racing 3: 21%
- Hour game Swamp Attack: 14%
The difference in the results is palpable. Simple arcade game eats up a charge, very humanely, while realistic graphics racing project gives maximum effects and load the CPU in full. However, any games Play Moto Z2 looks condescending — after all, we can easily increase the duration of the game, as much as half, by using module Turbo Power 3000 mAh. In the case of games, it’s probably better to use the quick replenishment of energy of the smartphone. Although, as you will be comfortable.
Work day away from an outlet and without “helpers”
Large screen and modest battery — how many hours of work it is hoped by taking a Moto Z2 Play without the module? An average day author: 10 hours with headphones playing music, the screen brightness kept at 50%. The time on the large Super AMOLED screen hour shoot crocodiles in Swamp Attack, and another hour passed NASCAR races in Real Racing 3. Another 30 minutes of social networks and websites, plus a few short calls. And at the end of the day it went hour movie on YouTube.
- The rest charge a smartphone in 12 hours: 32%
In the morning we found the smartphone, ready to hold out for another few hours, all doubts have disappeared in the overall performance of the device. Without a single accessory, it easily withstands a whole day, and if you spend less time with games and watching videos, you can count on two days of operation without mains.
Working day with Turbo Power
And what awaits when you use Moto Z2 Play in a pair with the accessory Turbo Power? The double increase time of Autonomous work! You can enable smooth charging and carry in your pocket 238-gram “sandwich”, and you can connect the accessory of the hour and get charged 90% of the mobile — here to whom that is more convenient.
- The rest charge the smartphone after about 15 hours of the same usage: 89%
Despite the total weight of the combination of Z2 and Moto Play Turbo Power equal 238 grams, to carry such a construction is possible without much discomfort like in the hands of just a gadget with a bigger battery. In his pocket is convenient, not obtrusive, jeans won’t slide.
Practical tests or endurance Moto Z2 Play completely denied any prejudice against thin smartphones. This unit can easily withstand a full day, pleasing the owner of a thin and light body with the ability to quickly expand their functionality with accessories MotoMods. Want to bring from traveling thousands of great shots — just take a module Hasselblad with 10x optical zoom and forget about heavy DSLRs and UltraSurf. And to make up for the charge, throw mod Turbo Power, and in an hour you have in your hands is the same sleek smartphone but fully charged. The difference with a clumsy wired powerbank — impressive as the ease of changing modules.