Moto Z Play official; accompanied by Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod

By | 31st August 2016

Lenovo has officially announced its latest smartphone, the Moto Z Play (full review here), which joins the flagship Moto Z family with some unique features of its own. The Moto Z Play is being touted as the first smartphone specifically designed for Moto Mods, which is influenced by the device’s 3510mAh battery that provides up to 50 hours of battery life. In addition to the massive size, the Moto Z Play also has Turbo Charging which can provide up to nine hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.

Here’s the rundown of specs:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with laser and phase-detection autofocus
  • 5-megapixel wide angle front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Interestingly, the Moto Z Play uses a USB-C port for charging, but also resurrects the 3.5mm headphone jack, due to the slightly increased thickness from that extra-large battery. While we don’t expect Lenovo to keep using the 3.5mm headphone jack on other Moto Z family members, it’s interesting to see the company including it on just the Play.

The Moto Z Play is slated for a U.S. launch through Verizon and on September 8, with a price point of $408. The unlocked GSM version will launch in October for $449 in the US. That same model will launch in Europe in September for €499. Six color options of Black, Silver, Black Slate, White, Fine Gold and Sugar White will be offered.


Alongside the Moto Z Play is the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod (full review here), which just received its official debut. This Mod gives the user access to 10x optical zoom and a Xenon flash, which are complemented by physical shutter and zoom controls. Additionally, users can shoot in RAW format and will have unlimited free storage at original quality for two years on Google Photos.

The Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod will launch in the U.S. on September 15 with pricing set at $250 through Verizon and $300 through The global launch will take place throughout September and European pricing is set at €299.

What are your thoughts on these latest two devices from Lenovo?