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  • Motorola’s Moto X4 is one shiny (but capable) smartphone

    Lenovo's smartphone subsidiary Motorola today announced a new addition to its upper-mid range lineup. The Moto X4 (or Moto X fourth generation) is the company's answer to the LG Q6 and Huawei Nova 2. And notably, its extremely shiny body somewhat resembles its two rivals. As for the important bullet points, the Moto X4 packs a dual camera array at the rear, but not in similar vein to its Moto Z Force cousin. Instead, there's one 12MP primary snapper and an 8MP 120-degree wide angle lens. Besides this difference, Motorola claims that the X4 still boasts the refocusing savvy of the...

  • What you’ll love and hate about the new Moto Z Force (and its Moto Mods)

    Following its refreshed strategy, Motorola today at IFA 2017 unveiled its forthcoming smartphones and accessories. Headlining these devices is the company's new flagship, the second generation Moto Z Force. The first device was a marked success for the company, selling three-million units worldwide in its first year. But the new edition, the company states, builds on the promise of the first. But is it a novel entry into the crowded flagship smartphone space? In many ways, yes. It sports a large (and rather wide) 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display that doesn't shirk the bezels like its contemporaries. They're...

  • Lenovo’s tweaked strategy includes simpler Motorola, supercomputers and PCs

    Lenovo today shed light on its performance in the EMEA region over the past few months, and the strategies it aims to implement. At its heart, the latter includes PCs. Naturally. But PCs are no longer Lenovo's be-all-and-end-all. The company cited two "growth engines" which including mobiles (MCG, or mobile business group) and servers (DCG). And it will also be investing in what it's calling the "fourth revolution", namely smart home devices, smart wearables and alternative reality. Lenovo notes that it holds the second position on the global sales podium in terms of Android tablets and Windows tablets, but retains the lead...

  • Moto Z2 Play now official, new Moto Mods in tow

    The Moto Z Play (review) was a solid if unspectacular smartphone, coming to South Africa several months after its global release. You had a mid-range but frugal processor, a pleasant design and those cool Moto Mod hardware add-ons. In saying so, it was a tad pricey locally, while the camera was pretty bad in low light conditions. In any event, Lenovo isn't slowing down, revealing the Moto Z2 Play today. In the hardware department, we've got a Snapdragon 626 processor (being a slight upgrade over the SD625), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (or 3GB/32GB). Otherwise, Lenovo still retains the full HD...

  • Moto Z2 Play specs revealed on China regulatory body

    There have been a few leaks already for the Moto Z2 Play, being the sequel to the long-lasting Moto Z Play. Now, China's TENAA regulatory body has published details of the phone to its website. The filing shows a phone with a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen and a 2820mAh battery (seemingly reduced from the original's 3000mAh pack). Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Android 7.1.1, a 12MP main camera...

  • Moto Z Play review: does it need to play in traffic?

    The Moto Z managed to succeed where Google's Project Ara and LG's G5 failed, by delivering a phone with easy to use Moto Mod add-ons. Sure, it wasn't nearly as ambitious as replacing processors and RAM like Project Ara, but it was certainly a more elegant solution than LG's 2016 device. Lenovo also revealed the Moto Z Play at the tail-end of last year, featuring a not-quite-affordable-but-still-cheaper-than-the-flagship R9000 price tag. But is Moto Z Play worth a buy, then? Hardware design If there's one thing to say about the Moto Z Play, it's that it's a peculiar handset in the design department....

  • Moto Z Play, G4 Play hit Cellucity

    It's been quite a few months since we saw Lenovo's Moto brand relaunch in the country, with the Moto Z leading the pack. Now, the G4 Play and the Moto Z Play have popped up on Cellucity. The G4 Play is a mid-range device, being the latest in the Moto brand's budget-minded G series. The G4 Play packs a 5-inch 720p display, nigh-on entry level Snapdragon 410 chip and either 1GB RAM/8GB storage or 2GB RAM/16GB storage. Otherwise, a 2800mAh battery, 8MP main camera and 5MP selfie shooter round out the package. Smartphone enthusiasts might want to pick up the Moto Z Play...

  • These might be the next Moto Mods for the Moto Z

    Lenovo's Moto Z is one of the more unique smartphones we've ever encountered, featuring a magnetic back for a range of Moto Mod add-ons. These add-ons include a projector, speaker, powerbank and Hasselblad camera attachment. However, Lenovo held a hackathon in New York City this month, with over 60 people bringing ideas and prototypes to the table. The Chinese manufacturer chose three winning concepts, with the first winner being a "Modio" audio attachment for enthusiasts. "Using the USB MDK connection, Modio interfaces with a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to provide audio input and output to the smartphone. This concept...

  • Moto Z: more Motorola phones to hit SA before 2017

    The Moto Z launched in South Africa this week, marking the first Moto-branded smartphones in the country since 2012. Can we expect more phones down the line? What about the ultra-durable Moto Z Force? We got some details. Graham Braum, General Manager for Lenovo Africa's Mobile Business Group, said they would have the "entire" range of Lenovo/Motorola products on offer by Christmas, from "R799 up to to R12 999". This included the Lenovo A and Lenovo B budget handsets and the Moto E3 range. Braum added that the Moto G4 would be coming to the country in "the not-too-distant future". Braum was cagey...

  • Lenovo makes South African Moto comeback official

    Reports surfaced earlier this year that Lenovo was bringing Moto-branded smartphones back to South Africa "before the end of 2016". We then broke the news that the Moto range of handsets was expected to be released in November, in the form of the Moto Z and the Moto E3 Power (although we're expecting more handsets than that). Now, Lenovo Africa has let the cat out of the bag on their Facebook page, revealing the above image along with the tagline "the smartphone is about to get a lot smarter". Lenovo has finally confirmed news of Moto smartphones returning to the country The latest reveal is in...