Lenovo, which now owns Motorola, has announced Moto Z Play, a rather affordable variant of Moto Z during the IFA 2016 which is currently going on in Berlin, Germany. To recall, Moto Z is a modular Smartphone that was announced in June and has been priced at $624. The new Moto Z Play carries a much more affordable price tag of $499.
Both these smartphones support modular systems developed by Motorola, which can extend the functionality of smartphones by adding some cool features to it. At the same event, Lenovo also unveiled a new Moto Mod called the True Zoom which has been developed in collaboration with Hasselblad. True Zoom adds to the camera utility of the Moto Z series smartphones.
Moto Z Play sports a 5.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, which on paper looks quite crispy and colourful. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC chipset with unknown clocking speed. The processor is assisted with a powerful 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The whole device is fuelled by a 3510 mAh Li-ion battery, which looks decent enough for a day’s normal use. The rear sports a 16- megapixel primary camera, the secondary camera which is on the front side of Moto Z Play features a 5-megapixel lens.
In a statement Lenovo has announced that Moto Mods will be compatible with all variants of Moto Z, and will continue to support the next three future generations of Moto Z-series. Talking about the Moto Mods, the new True Zoom Mod enhances the camera capability of Moto smartphones through an easy-to-attach accessory. The accessory comes with a 13MP sensor, which supports 10X optical zooming and Xenon flash which can also shoot pictures in RAW format. The Mod can also create auto-backup of the pictures clicked. The dedicated shutter button can capture images without even interacting with the Smartphone’s screen. Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play can detect the True Zoom mod when they are attached to the camera lens, after detecting the mod, the in-built camera app allows some additional controls and features available directly on the smartphone’s screen.
According to some reports, Moto Z Play and Moto Mods are expected to go on sale by the end of September; however, nothing has been unveiled regarding the price of these Mods and their availability in India.