Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad True Zoom camera unboxing

Modular smartphone hardware is all about having choices; you need no longer settle for one-phone-fits-all. And from the moment Lenovo introduced the Moto Z family and Moto Mods earlier this year, shoppers had their pick of hardware – beyond just choosing which Moto Mods to attach to their phone, consumers were able to decide between two different base handsets: the crazy-thin Moto Z or the Moto Z Force with its larger battery. That was well and good if you wanted a flagship-class phone and just had some serious preferences when it came to device thickness and battery life, but what if both those options sound like too much (or too expensive) phone for you?

The Moto Z family is getting bigger, and spreading its support for Moto Mods to new hardware. In addition to the two flagship models we already have, a new Moto Z is making its debut, the more mid-range focused Moto Z Play. It's coming to the US both as the Moto Z Play Droid for Verizon, as well as an unlocked GSM edition.

While superficially similar to the Moto Z Force, the Play makes a few important changes, both internal and external. It moves to a Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB of RAM, its 5.5-inch AMOLED display drops to a full-HD 1080 x 1920 resolution, and it picks up a 16MP main camera in the process.

But even with those downgrades the Moto Z Play Droid still manages to outshine its brethren in one key area: it keeps its headphone jack. The new USB Type-C port is back, but this time it's joined by a good-old-fashioned analog headphone jack – no adapter needed.

This latest Moto Z phone is joined by the next in the growing line of Moto Mods accessories, as the long-rumored Hasselblad True Zoom camera makes its debut. The module adds a ten-times optical zoom lens, its own 12MP sensor, and a xenon flash to any of the Moto Z phones, including the new Play. 

Sales of the Moto Z Play Droid come to Verizon on September 8, priced at $408. The unlocked GSM Moto Z Play lands in October, after pre-sales open on September 15; that model will demand about $450. The Hasselblad True Zoom camera opens for pre-order on September 8, with availability commencing on September 15. Motorola will carry it for $300, while Verizon will sell the camera at the lower price of $250.

We'll be spending a lot more time with both these devices in the days to come, but for now, check out our unboxing of the Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad True Zoom camera.

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Moto Z Play
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3510 mAh



1. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Just 10X optical zoom lens ? No sensor improve ("its own 12MP sensor, and a xenon flash") ????

2. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Complete review here ... ... 12 megapixel 1/2.3 inch sensor with ISO up to 3200

3. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Thanks for the link. Those images are not super impressive. Maybe they should've gone with a bigger sensor.

8. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I hope so !

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

LG camera module is total joke now :v btw, is it better than $200 pocket camera?

6. Pabliell

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

This Mod costs $300 and for that price you can get compact cameras with bigger sensor and better aperture.

5. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Going to be obsolete next year when they release their next model

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

after all that, it is just the IMX377 again (Nexus 5X/6P, Mi Action Cam & HTC10). They could've just included that sensor in the phones in the first place and licensed Oppo's slim Optical Zoom Tech

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