Product Type: Smartphone | Manufacturer: Lenovo | Price: From £379.99 | Where to buy: Motorola |
The Lenovo Moto Z2 Play is an excellent mid-range contender and the Moto Mods are the best attempt at modular capabilities to date.
Motorola has been getting around a lot in the past five years. The acquisition by Google in 2012 left many analysts scratching their heads, as the company was essentially competing against the very fabric of its operating system by owning a manufacturer outright. Shortly after this, Google sold the company to Lenovo at a loss of roughly $10 billion, which seemed to make more sense. Lenovo is a budding electronics manufacturer who has made several failed attempts to jump into the smartphone game and naturally, the Motorola name will help push their efforts. Just recently, Lenovo announced that all in-house smartphone branding would be replaced by Moto, rendering their Vibe range obsolete. If that’s not a sign of the power that branding has on consumers, then we don’t know what is.
Last years Moto Z Play was part of the first crop of devices manufactured since the Lenovo acquisition. It was an impressive continuation of what made the brand so great to begin with, offering strong design and performance at a reasonable price. It was also the first time that Moto Mod technology had been demonstrated, allowing hot-swapping of modular hardware that could be snapped to any Z-series device. The new Moto Z2 Play builds on this and offers largely the same design with beefed up hardware.