Moto Z And Moto Z Play: Australian Pricing, Specs And Release Date

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Remember Motorola? The former telecommunications giant is launching two new Android smartphones into the Australian market tomorrow and they actually look pretty interesting. The Moto Z and Moto Z Play come with a range of modular add-ons ranging from a Hasselblad camera lens to a 70-inch movie projector. Here are the specs, pricing and availability details.

The Moto Z and Moto Z Play run on Android Marshmallow and come with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, a 5.5-inch AMOLED display and 4GB and 3GB of RAM, respectively. Taking a leaf from parent company Lenovo's modular laptop design, the Moto Z and Moto Z Play come with a range of snap-on accessories. These include the Moto Insta-Share Projector, JBL SoundBoost Speaker, Hasselblad True Zoom Camera and a range of Style Caps (pricing and availability details below.)

Apart from the aforementioned modules, the Moto Z Play's main claim to fame is probably its 3510 mAh battery which Motorola reckons will net you up to 45 hours or "mixed usage" in-between charges. It also boasts a 16-megapixel rear facing camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), zero shutter lag, inbuilt color balancing (CCT) and dual LED flash.

The Moto Z comes with a weaker 2600 mAh battery and 12MP camera, but is otherwise superior to the Z Play. It's being billed as the world’s thinnest premium smartphone at just 5.2mm and comes finished in "military aircraft-grade" aluminum and stainless steel.

Both phones also sport MicroSD card slots and water-repellant coating. Here are the chief specs.

Moto Z and Moto Z Play Specifications

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Moto Z Moto Z Play
OS Android Marshmallow with Moto enhancements (Moto Display, Moto Actions, Moto Voice) Android TM 6.0.1, Marshmallow with Moto Enhancements (Moto Display, Actions and Voice)
Dimensions 155mm x 75mm x 5mm 156mm x 76mm x 7mm
Weight 136g 165g
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with up to 2.2GHz quad-core CPU with Adreno 530 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor up to 2 GHz Octa-Core CPU with Adreno 506 GPU
Memory/Storage 4GB RAM 3GB RAM
Storage 64GB 32GB
Display 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display 5.5-inch Hi-Definition AMOLED display
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels (535 ppi) 1080 x 1920 pixels (403 ppi)
Camera 13 MP with f/ 1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization (rear), 5 MP with wide field of view and extra flash (front) 16 MP with f / 2.0 aperture (rear), 5 MP wide-Angle 85° lens (front)
Water resistance Water repellent nano-coating Water repellent nano-coating
Colours Black with Lunar Gray or White with Fine Gold Black with Silver or White with Fine Gold
Battery 2600 mAh 3510 mAh
Additional features NFC, fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 4.0, USB-C port, MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm to USB-C headphone port adaptor NFC, fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 4.0, USB-C port, MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm port

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the inclusion of a 3.5mm to USB-C headphone port adaptor for the Moto Z. That's right: like Apple's iPhone 7, the Moto Z does not come with an inbuilt 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, you need to either use the adapter or migrate to the USB-C port which is also used for charging. Hmm.

Moto Z And Z Play Pricing And Availability

Moto Z and Moto Z Play will be available from 13 October for $999 and $699, respectively. In Australia, you will be able to purchase the phones outright from Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Officeworks or Motorola's online store.

The mods, which are sold separately, will also be available from October 13. Here's the pricing:

  • JBL SoundBoost Speaker: $159
  • Hasselblad True Zoom Camera: $399
  • Instashare Projector: $429
  • Incipio offGRIDtm Power Pack: From $119
  • Style Caps: From $29

Comments

    so... cue "OMG it has no headphone jack, will loose the dongle, how do you charge and play music?" triade from everyone again? or is that just if apple does it?

      Droiders have had the option of a non-jack handset for a while. Applers wanting new phones have no option. I can see why they might complain a little.

      Last edited 12/10/16 2:55 pm

        that may be true - however the 6S and the SE are both still on the market so its not the only option...

    The Z Play does in fact have a headphone jack. The Z does not...

      Whoops! So it does. This has been updated in the specs.

    So are either the Z or the Z Play being offered through Aussie telcos?

      For sure - it would be available all across. Do check KUZ - Kuz.com.au for updates.
      Cheers mate

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