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Hasselblad True Zoom Mod Review: Great Companion for Moto Z Play

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Motorola has redefined flagship models with the launch of Modular phones concept in the latest Moto Z series. The series itself designed to work with the variety of Moto Mods accessories primarily. The new ‘Build your smartphone’ concept mainly focuses on swapping the mods as per needs. Starting with four mod options- the Hasselblad True Zoom camera, JBL Soundboost speaker, Moto Instashare projector and the Incipio Offgrid, Motorola hints more mods are on the way.

These Mods gets quickly attach to the magnets provided at the back of Moto Z series phones. The rear magnets hold them in perfect placement without turning off your phone. Moto Mods gets detected making use of simple software and automatically puts into use without user intervention. A short animation and a popup on the screen to let you know the mod is attached.

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The idea behind the design of the phones is that you would keep one of these mods attached to for a longer duration or even permanently at times. However, it might not be possible in real time considering the weights of the mods and the fact that Moto Z slim design is a new style statement. Here we provide you the Hasselblad True Zoom mod review which satisfies your zeal of availing a premium camera experience in a smartphone.

Hasselblad True Zoom:

The most impressive of all the mods works on improving lenses and sensors featured in the smartphones. This modular solution to Moto Z phones from the manufacturer let you capture great photos.

The brand Hasselblad itself reminds you of professional gear which costs many lakhs. As so, expectations for the true Zoom mod are much high. The brand Hasselblad alone suggests the biggest claim of the 10x optical zoom lens which physically sticks to the back of the phone juts like a compact camera lens.

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Being thickest of three mods, Hasselblad True Zoom mod makes the Moto Z a bit difficult to hold on to it. The grip on the device is an issue, and you need to stretch across the screen with a thumb. A kind of strap like thing may help the device with mod would be handy.

Concerning the build quality, plastic build Hasselblad True Zoom mod is quite disappointing a bit. In spite of being such an esteemed brand, Hasselblad compromised with the built quality. Even the shutter button and zoom ring around it were found not up to the mark.

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The Hasselblad True Zoom mod covers the handset camera which results in losing its functionality completely. True Zoom mod is the only mod without a presence of a battery of its own. If you happen to pop it off when in use, there is no alternative to retract the lens and cover it up.

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Hasselblad True Zoom mod just takes over from the Moto Z’s rear camera and doesn’t need any of its apps for functionality. To launch into App, you can use the two-flick gesture that works with the phone or you can also use the dedicated button next to the shutter. The provided camera is set to capture 4:3 stills at 12 megapixels.

Coming to the video section, the mod produces video up to 1080p at 30fps which are comparatively lower than the default camera. While the default device camera tops up to 1080p at 60fps or 4K resolution at 30fps. Slow-mo videos are also enabled with the new options which include RAW mode, B&W mode, and scenes such as night portrait, night landscape, and sports. Manual mode is still available.

On sensor department, you get a 2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor with 1.55µm pixels. Aperture range of Hasselblad True Zoom mod is f/3.5 to f/6.5, and the focal length is 4.5-45mm (25-250mm 35mm equivalent). The mods provide you a Xenon flash with red-eye reduction and optical image stabilization for stills and electronic stabilization for video.

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Image processing, GPS, and Storage depends on up on the device you employ this mod with. However, you don’t find any difficulty with the future models too. Performance in real time is a mixed bag, and Optical zoom is a beautiful and transformative thing to include.

Altogether, It is a great smartphone camera, and the comparison could be found with the mod on and off camera. The difference in daylight is observed as details were sharper, colors popped more. There is a scope for great possibilities in composition.

Few texture compression issues were noticed on the Moto Z went away entirely. Videos captured with the mod are sharp and smooth but not better than the one taken with the phone itself. Hasselblad True Zoom mod failed at low light and photos were taken without the mod were found more vibrant.

Pros:

• 10x optical zoom
• Improves daylight performance

Cons:

• High pricing
• Finds no use without a Moto Z phones
• Bad at gripping
• Poor low light results

Verdict:

Collectively, Hasselblad True Zoom mod hardly justifies the price of Rs.20,000. it is an expensive figure just for an external mod which enhances a smartphone camera. This might not hold true in the case of Moto Z play where you observe a great increase in the quality of output what you get with the Hasselblad True Zoom mod on.

Motorola Moto Z Review: First Ever Modular Phone Packs Good Specs

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Lenovo-owned Motorola’s new Android smartphone, Moto Z series, is out in India. Pioneering the modular connectivity in smartphones, this is first of its kind in the country. Lenovo has come up with a very aggressive “skip the sevens” campaign which actually refers to the recent expensive releases Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Motorola is presenting this unique sexy back handset which really stands unique in the Android Smartphone segment.

This new “Build your smartphone” concept is more of fun considering the well-designed four practical modular accessories. This new series of Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z Play smartphones are compatible with the same add-on mods that connect with the rear magnets of the phones.

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The super slim offering from Motorola is impressive since its first look, but the company had succeeded in offering the best specs without any generation loss. Here’s is our full Moto Z review about Specs, Features and check out what the company has stored in the things which interest you.

Design:

Motorola has set up a new thinness records with this Moto Z with a super slim design of just 5.19mm thickness. With super built quality comprising metal frame and glass, Moto Z sports a unique body language compared to its competitors in the segment. The design will surely get thumbs up from the users for its slim feature and better in-hand experience.

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A hybrid SIM tray is provided on the top and USB type C port is adjusted at the bottom. The right edge of the phone houses volume rocker keys and power button, while left edge remained absolutely blank. It measures around 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.19mm and weighs just 139g which comes as surprise in spite of the built material.

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The front profile is pretty neat at looks with a prominent earpiece, front camera with flash on the upper bezel and Moto branding, and fingerprint sensor on the bottom chin. On the rear side, a primary camera along with dual tone LED flash is accustomed in an embossed circular shape which is slightly high above the phone surface but looks perfect when attached to external Mods or style shells. Unfortunately, a regular 3.5mm audio out jack failed to make its presence.

Display:

Motorola keeps you up to the present day with 5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on top and a resolution of 1440×2560 which equals the Samsung’s world-class displays. The display density of 535 ppi makes provides extremely sharp images. Moto Z active display embeds two IR sensors and one transmitter in the face which excels screen functionality.

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Touch sensitivity is pretty good and very responsive which enhances the fun in experiencing the updated smartphone. It offers an excellent legibility in bright sunlight too. Moto Z comes with adaptive brightness feature which tweaks the display brightness according to the ambient light and found perfect at its job. Customization options of the phone help you to choose color reproduction between standard and vibrant.

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Hardware and Performance:

Moto Z is no lesser than the present day smartphones and packs a Qualcomm’s MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor that is coupled with 4GB of RAM which any other flagship offering does provide. Adreno 530 GPU serves the best graphic performance in its range, be it Subway Surfer or Marvel Contest of Champions. Long term game play may warm up the phone but it never heated up to an alarming level, where cooling up the phone is necessarily required.

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The real life fast performance ensures a lag-free functionality while switching between apps. The camera apps also boot up quickly even when you shake the phone twice or press the standard button twice.

Moto Z is available at a starting internal storage range of 32GB, but it is always good to pick 64GB variant as the expanded internal memory will easily merge with the updated configuration. The provided microSD slot can take extent storage level up to 2TB but is useful up to only 256 GB considering present day chip availability.

On Geekbench 3 software, Moto Z managed to get an impressive score of 5,167 where its competitors HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7 lagged behind with 4,962 and 5,337 respectively.

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Software:

The device runs on the Android 6.0.1 without any virtual customizations, and it is a good thing though. Besides the Moto skins and bloatware, many genuine third-party improvements have been observed. Sadly, Moto Z failed to get the updated Android 7.0 Nougat OS inbuilt.

Hopefully, the company may release the update soon as Motorola is always quick at releasing the latest updates. Few simple things are found missing like the battery percentage indicator which is standard in other phones.

Camera:

Moto Z rolls out with a 13 Megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and large 1.2-micron pixels. The rear camera also comes with a dual-LED flash, optical image stabilization, and laser auto-focus. The camera performs well in better light conditions, and HDR mode shines in challenging conditions.

The device struggles white balancing when there is an active light source and even goes overboard at times. OIS and zero shutter lag make Moto Z camera work fine during daylight hours and compete with other flagships.

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The 5 MP front-facing camera is equipped with f/2.2 aperture, LED flash and 1.4um big pixels for better low light. This is big, really big feature for all the selfie lovers. Overall, Moto Z camera is a step up from Moto X but is not sure that it can take over Samsung Galaxy S7 without Hasselblad camera Mod.

A 4K video can be shot at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps or 30fps with the 13 MP camera.  Slow motion can also be recorded on the rear camera at 120fps, but gets the resolution down to 720p.

Battery:

Coming to battery department, Moto Z falls short, and the smaller battery size should be blamed. The device includes a 2,600 mAh Li-Io removable battery which is not enough for a modern phone considering the usage in daily life. The provided battery hardly serves a day with mixed use, not at least 30 hours which Motorola claimed to be.

On standard battery life test of 90 minutes HD video loop, the battery dropped only 33% from full charge. But the Turbocharger provided along with device convinces the argument and there is also a reason to keep the Moto mods battery case accessory.

Moto Z battery regained 27% of battery life with a charge of just 15 minutes. It took around 74 minutes for a complete battery charge. The only issue we face with the Turbo Charger is it is attached to its power wall brick.

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Pros:

  • Great ecosystem of Moto Mods accessories
  • Brilliant screen
  • Excellent combo of specs and overall performance
  • Slim design and lightweight

Cons:

  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • Confusing Fingerprint sensor placement
  • A bit more expensive

Verdict:

The much-anticipated phone from Motorola with external mods is definitely a powerful phone than other devices. But the question is what if without considering external Mods besides the fact that everything about the phone looks good and works well. This price of Rs.39,999 is a bit high for its specs sheet but is apt considering the customizing option which serves you multipurpose.

Undoubtedly, this is a great combo of style and power, but the point is it depends on the ability to use mods. Stay tuned for our review about the Hasselblad True Zoom camera, Moto Insta-share projector and JBL Soundboost speaker.

Moto Z from Lenovo launched in India and available from 17th Oct, 2016

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Lenovo’s Moto Z smartphone model is launched in India. The smart mobile was unveiled at Tech World 2016 in the month of June. The phone is a top end model which is bundled completely with high configurations and advanced features.

Let us have a look at the Moto Z specifications and features .The Smartphone’s touch screen is provided by a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass display with 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution and 535 PPI density.

Moto z is packed with a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor together with Adreno 530 GPU. Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 version OS is placed on the board. 4GB LPDDR4 RAM is provided to support the speed of the processor.

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It comes with a massive storage which made the phone more powerful. The 64GB built-in memory and expandable up to 2TB with the help of a microSD is an attractive factor for data storage.

The Camera Department is strengthened with a 13MP rear camera along with dual-tone LED flash. OIS and Laser Autofocus features are facilitated at 1.12um pixel and f/1.8 aperture. For selfies, a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture Wide-Angle lens is fitted to the Moto Z smart phone.

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136 gms weighing and 153.3 × 75.3 × 5.19mm Dimensional in size Moto Z is a Dual SIM gadget. Moto Mods connector, Water repellent nano-coating and Fingerprint sensor are the advanced features that are provided for the smart phone.

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Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) with MIMO, NFC, USB-C port for headphones, charging and data transfers are the connectivity specifications along with 4G LTE.

A unique feature of this phone is 16 pins have been provided at the back side bottom of the gadget. This is for the modular called Moto Mods.

Finger print sensor is provided as a high-level security feature. For all these functionalities to be performed without power interruption, a 2600 mAh capacity battery is fitted.

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The device is made available on the online store sites with an attractive price of Rs.39,999. The sales will start from 17th Oct 2016 onwards. Moto Mods are available as a separate accessory and the price starts from Rs.899.

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Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now made available across all its stores around the globe. They come in various colors such as Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black. Three variants 32GB, 128GB and 256GB memory capacity phones provided for the buyers.

iPhone 7 weighs about 138 gms and iPhone 7 plus weights around 188 gms. There is a variation in the screen size too. 7 has a 4.7-inch screen with 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 PPI, and 7 plus has a bigger screen of 5.5-inches with 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 PPI.

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Besides these, there are no much differences that exist between the two models. Features and specifications remain same.

12-megapixel camera wide-angle ƒ/1.8 aperture and telephoto ƒ/2.8 aperture cameras with optical zoom at 2X and digital zoom up to 10x provide good quality of pictures and videos in low light conditions. The camera clarity is focused more this time by the iPhone developers while launching these models.

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As per the expectations of the users, high featured camera phones are made available for the users. The low light and the stabilization of the picture while taking the photos and videos are explained through an official ad for the company too.

The enclosure is Splash and water resistant which makes the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus different from its previous models. The uni-body design is also helpful in this concept of protection against water. One of the primary ads that are aired by Apple depicts this feature with proud. The design is entirely re-engineered to have a new look and support the water resistant feature.

Apart from the smartphones, Apple also launched a smart watch with the latest operating system. In this regard, the official website has an ad featuring its specialty. The smart watch too is water resistant and has much functionality that is related to health and time management. Many new inclusions have been made when compared to its predecessor models. Health tips and task assigning software is included in the gadget.

In this segment of smartphones, Moto Z-Droid edition can be said to be the competitors for Apple. They are carrying the reputation of the world’s thinnest phones at present. The durable and ultra-thin design makes them a tough competitor for iPhone. Moto Z-Droid series phones are packed with a bundle of advanced features and specifications. Hence, the buyers have a choice to get the best with the budget almost tagging the same for the two.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Lenovo Moto Z Mods

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Motorola releases a new Z series of smartphone challenging the iPhone and Samsung with its unique accessories. The module accessories in Moto Z smartphone will be one of the coolest features called Moto Mods. The peripherals will extend functionality to the phone along with style. The device works with the power of magnets which each mod is integrated with and securely attaches to the back of the phone.

Moto Z mods enhance the particular functionality for which it is assigned for, be it a battery backup, speaker or a projector. Motorola assures that the integrated magnets are strong enough to hold the mods tight and can also be swap one mod for another. The company has released 4 mods so far for Moto Z, and each one has is unique in its way.

Moto Style shells:

 These simple covers allow users to choose the finish at the time of ordering a Moto Z through Moto Maker. These style shells are available in a number of wooden types, nylon finish and different colors leathers and few more colorful plastic ones. However, Motorola hasn’t mentioned about the available colors but will me revealed in time.

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Hasselblad True Zoom:

Earlier before Moto Z, there were many rumors suggested a unique modular camera made by Hasselblad, as Motorola is better known for building an excellent quality of cameras.  With the recent launch, the rumors came to an end as it became real and named as the Hasselblad True Zoom. Unlike digital zoom on the phone, the mod offers 10x optical zoom without any quality loss. The mod also adjusts any settings like manual focus, f-stop, ISO, shutter speed, white balance and exposure.

JBL sound boost speaker:

Lenovo –owned Motorola paired with JBL to create the Sound boost Mod which is a stereo loudspeaker with two three-watt drivers. The mod is designed exclusively to amplify the phone’s sound and aims to replace portable speakers. JBL sound boost speaker has a built-in 1,000mAh battery for a better phone’s battery life.

Moto Insta-Share projector:

This can be considered as the most widely adopted mod with its pico projector attached to the phone. The mod can project a video or image measures up to 70-inches diagonally from any angle. The main defect is that the mod offers an only 480p resolution. It also sports a built-in loud speaker.

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Incipio off GRID Power Pack:

The power pack mods add a battery of 2,200mAh battery to the Moto Z, which almost doubles the inbuilt battery’s capacity. There are three different versions yet to confirm which includes offGRID version from Incipio, TUMI model, and Kate Spade model. The company also said that it’s working with a Mophie on a Power Pack and also mentions about the wireless charging for some of them.