the app, and a dual-stage shutter button with a zoom lever in front.
You can shoot both photos (in RAW and JPEG) and video, and the zoom – plus stabilisation – works in both modes, although it’s electronic rather than optical when shooting video.
From our limited testing of the new phone and Moto Mod, it can take stunning pictures and the stabilisation works well even at full zoom. The main disappointment is that it only records video at 1080p at 30fps, not 4K or 60fps.
Motorola is sticking to what it knows works. This means an almost-stock Android interface with little tweaks and additions here and there. The Moto app is where you can enable the enhancements such as the ‘chop, chop’ motion to switch the LED flashlight on and off; the double-twist to launch the camera app and the aforementioned ‘approach’ gesture which shows the time when you wave your hand over the screen.
Others include being able to place the phone face down to put it in silent mode, and to stop ringing when you pick it up (it switches to vibrate rather than declining or accepting a phone call). Finally there’s a gesture to swipe up from the bottom of the
screen to make the image smaller, so it’s usable with one hand.
It’s also handy that when you connect a Moto Mod that has a battery in it (such as a PowerPack or the Insta-Share projector) a notification appears on screen with its battery level. The projector will continue running even when the battery is depleted as it will take power from the Moto Z Play.
It’s too soon to come to any firm conclusions about the Z Play. We still need to run our benchmarks and check out the claimed two-day battery life. We’ll bring you a full review shortly. Jim Martin
• 5.5in (1920x1080) super AMOLED display, 403ppi • Android 6.0 Marshmallow • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor • 3GB RAM • 32GB storage • MicroSD card slot • Fingerprint sensor • 802.11n dual band Wi-Fi • Bluetooth 4.1 • A-GPS • NFC • USB-C • 3.5mm headphone jack • 16Mp rear camera • 5Mp front camera • 3510mAh non-removable battery • 156.4x 76.4x6.99mm • 165g