While there’s still no Australian availability announcements for the Moto Z or Moto Z Force phones announced at Lenovo Tech World back in June, Lenovo has gone ahead and announced a third model in the family – the Moto Z Play.
The Moto Z Play is compatible with the full range of Moto Mods announced for the original Moto Z and Moto Z Force, including the new True Zoom Hasselblad camera Mod. It has the same glass back panel as its siblings, but a slightly more mid-range spec sheet.
The Moto Z Play is being priced at $449USD, placing it at the mid-range of devices. It has a 5.5″ FullHD 1080P display and runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of on-board storage and yes it has a microSD card slot with support for cards up to 2TB.
The Moto Z Play includes a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser auto focus and phase detection – it also has a 5MP selfie cam with f/2.2 aperture.
Battery is key with the Play series and with a 3510 mAh inside, Lenovo are claiming that the Moto Z Play has their ‘longest-lasting battery ever’ with up to 50 hours of use. The phone will also charge up 9 hours of use in 15 minutes with Turbo Power charging through the USB-C port.
Unlike the other Moto Z models in the range, the Moto Z Play does include a 3.5mm port so you can plug in a standard pair of earphones.[showhide type=”detailedspecs” more_text=”Show Specs” less_text=”Hide Specs”]
|Key Specifications:||Moto Z Play|
|Release date||October 2015|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080|
|Core config||8x 2 GHz|
|MicroSD||Yes, up to 2TB|
|WIFI standards||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Android OS||Android 6.0|
|Dimensions||156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm|
The Moto Z Play will be available in Black/Silver/Black Slate or White/Fine Gold/Sugar White when it goes on-sale ‘globally’ this month. There’s no word on whether that includes Australia yet, but we’ll be reaching out to Motorola for more information.