1. Motorola makes a comeback with accessory-rich modular smartphones: Here are the first impressions of Moto Z and Moto Z Play

Motorola makes a comeback with accessory-rich modular smartphones: Here are the first impressions of Moto Z and Moto Z Play

Lenovo-owned Motorola announced the sale of its modular smartphones, Moto Z and Moto Z Play featuring the Moto Mods, in India on Amazon and Flipkart.

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Lenovo-owned Motorola announced the sale of its modular smartphones, Moto Z and Moto Z Play featuring the Moto Mods, in India on Amazon and Flipkart. The company has made a comeback by entering the area of premium smartphones, challenging the likes of Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy devices, and that too at a more affordable pricing. While the Moto Z will cost Rs 39,999, the Moto Z Play is priced at Rs 24,999. Users have the option of buying these phones with no-cost EMI and also with exchange offers amounting to Rs 25,500 on the e-commerce platforms. The most interesting feature in the Moto Z and Moto Z Play is the extra ‘Mods’. These can be attached to the smartphones to increase their functionality. When is comes to the Moto Mods, the company gives the consumer the following options: JBL Soundboost speaker priced at Rs 6,999. Incipio offGRID battery pack priced at Rs 5,999. Insta-share projector priced at Rs 19,999. Hasselblad True Zoom camera module priced at Rs 19,999. If bundled with the purchase of the Moto smartphones, the prices are a bit lower. There is also the support of Style Shells with the Wood and Ballistic nylon shell priced at Rs 1,099 and the leather shell priced at Rs 1,599.

Moto Z:

Moto Z is a flagship phone from the company and has a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. The most impressive feature is the design with its ultra-thin build. The build is very thin at just 5.2 mm. At the rear, there are 16 magnetic pins which are used to connect the Mods and Style shells. According to Motorola, the smartphone is made using “military aircraft-grade aluminium and stainless steel”. The glossy rear invites a lot of fingerprints and that makes it necessary to clean it once in a while, especially near the camera, which is already very prominent in the device. The Moto Z does not have a headphone jack following the iPhone 7 pattern, yet provides headphones along with adapters. Moto Z is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage space. There is also an option of a microSD slot which has a 200GB limit. The camera is 13MP with f1.8 aperture OIS and laser autofocus. The front camera is 5MP camera with a front flash and a wide angle lens. The Moto Z is fueled by a 2600mAh battery and claims to have a 24-hour battery life. The smartphone has launched in India in two colour variants – Black with lunar grey back and white with fine gold back. The ultra-slim build will surely attract a lot of users. The camera is of decent quality, and does not offer anything new, and also is low on performance in low light.

Moto Z Play:

Meanwhile, the Moto Z Play has the same sized display but is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. This smartphone does not have a very thin design like the Moto Z. The Moto Z is not a flagship device, hence the features are pretty average. Moto Z Play has an aluminium frame and a glass back design. The smartphone has a 3GB RAM RAM with 32GB storage, which can be expanded to 200GB. Moto Z Play has a 16 MP camera with laser autofocus, and a 5MP front camera. But the most notable feature offered by Moto Z Play is the battery. The Moto Z Play has a 3510 mAh battery and claims to have a 45-hour battery life. It also has the TurboPower option which helps the smartphone to charge very quickly. The smartphone has launched in two versions – Black and Silver as well as White and Gold.

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