IFA 2016: Lenovo's Moto Z Play launch: All you need to know

Lenovo launched its latest Moto Z Play smartphone along with a Moto Mod camera module at IFA in Berlin last night.

The camera module has been developed with Hasselblad and fits perfectly on the back of Moto Z Play.

Earlier this year, Lenovo introduced a number of amazing modular accessories which could work with its Moto Z and Z Force smartphones. As the year progressed, more and more reviews suggested that Moto Mods™ like Moto Insta-Share projector, a JBL SoundBoost speaker and Incipio offGRID™ Power Pack worked a lot better and were more user-friendly compared to the accessories which shipped with the LG G5.

Last night, Lenovo announced yet another Moto Mod which completed the accessory cycle for the Moto Z series. While you could purchase a projector, a speaker and a power pack so far, you will soon be able to get your hands on the Hasselblad True Zoom, a modular camera accessory with 10X optical zoom to let you capture detailed photos from any distance without losing resolution and Xenon flash which will let you capture beautiful images even in bright light.

It's not that we didn't know about it. In the middle of August, TechDroider revealed that yet another Moto Mod- a portable camera module will be released by Lenovo and will arrive with 10x optical zoom, a physical shutter, a zoom lens and a xenon flash which is much brighter than generally-used LED flash. While these were great features, the Hasselblad True Zoom has arrived with many more to make the Moto Z line probably the best modular phone series ever.

Hasselblad True Zoom will be compatible with Moto Z, Moto Z Force and the just-launched Moto Z Play and will feature a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, f3.5-6.5 aperture, 10x optical and 4x digital zooming capability, Xenon flash, automatic Red Eye reduction, manual focus, OIS for photos and EIS for videos, ability to capture panorama, day & night landscape and back light portraits, colour and black & white effects and the ability to record videos in 1080p Full HD resolution at 30fps. The module will cost £199.99 and will be available at Amazon and John Lewis later this month.

The Moto Z Play which launched last night runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, an octa-core 2 GHz Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with MicroSD support, Micro-SIM  and Nano-SIM card slots, an impressive 3,510 mAh battery with a max usage of 50 hours, a 16-MP rear camera with PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture and Auto HDR and a 5-MP selfie cam with an f/2.2 aperture, flash and a wide-angle 85° lens.

The Moto Z Play features a solid aluminium frame and a glass back, giving it a premium appearance much like other £500-plus phones. The new TurboPower charging feature also adds up to 9 hours of usage in just fifteen minutes, offering a better power-boosting capability than DASH in OnePlus 3 or Quick Charge 3.0 in most Android phones.

You will be able to buy a Moto Z Play later this month at £369.99 from John Lewis and Amazon. If you're interested in getting a few modular accessories, the Power Pack will cost £59.99, the JBL SoundBoost at £69.99, the Insta-share projector at £249.99 and Hasselblad True Zoom at £199.99.   


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