Moto Z Play vs ASUS Zenfone 3 Speed Test: slow and steady doesn’t win the race

“We take the two affordable smartphones from ASUS and Motorola out for a spin to see which one is faster”

Today, a chip the size of a SIM card is capable of housing billions of transistors. As our technology has evolved, the sizes of the processing chips within our smartphones have become smaller, eventually bringing down their cost of production which is why even the cheapest Android smartphone today comes decked with an octa-core processor or say 4GB of RAM. While specs on paper make for a great sales pitch, they don’t often translate into a similar real-time performance which is why, we have decided to compare different smartphones based on a speed test we’ve devised. In the arena today, we have the ASUS Zenfone 3 (first impressions) pitted against the recently launched Moto Z Play (first impressions), or the cheaper sibling of the Moto Z.


For those in the audience wondering what a speed test is, essentially, instead of focussing on how many cores or gigs of RAM a smartphone has we will be judging the device’s capabilities by running it through two tests- a processing test and a memory management test. In the processing test, a similar set of apps will be run on the smartphones and at the end of the test, the time taken to open every single app will be summed up and compared. In the memory management test, we will reopen all the apps to see how many of them are retained by the smartphone in its memory. The apps we will be using for this comparison include the default camera, gallery, and dialler app followed by the 91mobiles application. We’ll turn things up a notch by launching the intensive Riptide GP2 followed by YouTube, Firefox, and Play store.


As for our two contenders, the ASUS Zenfone 3 packs an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2GHz and 4GB of RAM. The Moto Z Play also features a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor however, comes with just 3GB of RAM. Both the devices will be pushing the similar amount of pixels as they both come sporting 5.5-inch full HD displays. Will the ASUS Zenfone 3 be able to take advantage of its extra gig of RAM? Make sure to check out our video below to know the results.

As can be seen from the test results, both the devices were able to retain all the apps. An argument can be made that the ASUS Zenfone 3 could come out on top if more apps were included but bear in mind that the device runs a heavily themed UI which comes with a host of bloatware owing to which, the memory management of both the devices should be on par with each other. The Moto Z Play concluded the two tests in 64 seconds whereas the ASUS Zenfone 3 took slightly longer and finished the tests in 71 seconds. While both the smartphones feature identical hardware, the Moto Z Play is the winner here mostly due to its near stock UI.

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