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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.

Soft­ware

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.

Ver­dict

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

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

• 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

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