With the kick-off of the IFA 2016 expo in Berlin, Germany, Lenovo took the opportunity to launch the rumoured and much-anticipated Moto Z Play; a new variant of the existing Moto Z and Moto Z Force flagships released earlier in the year.
As expected, the Moto Z Play’s position in the firm’s Moto brand portfolio is pretty simple; similar design which accomodates the MotoMod modular component accessories, but a mid-range spec and correspondingly lower price point.
Design-wise the main difference is that the rear panel is made of glass this time round instead of metal. Everything else is pretty much familiar territory, including the metal frame surround and water resistant (though not proof) coating. Unlike the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, the Moto Z Play also reintroduces the 3.5mm headphone jack (just as the rumours and leaks suggested).
The display is a 5.5in AMOLED screen with a 1080p FHD resolution. Meanwhile on the inside you’ve got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU (2GHz octa-core) with 3GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, microSD support and a 3,510mAh battery cell. The camera hardware includes both a 16MP primary sensor with laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, while the front-facing selfie-cam has a wide-angle lens on a 5MP sensor with its own LED flash.
Official prices on the Moto Z series for the UK remain somewhat elusive even at this late stage, the Moto Z will reportedly land in September at £495 while we still have no price for the Moto Z Force. Meanwhile, the Moto Z Play costs £369.99, so you do stand to save quite a bit of money for the lower spec edition.