Lenovo at IFA 2016: Moto Z Play and Yogas hands-on


Lenovo is having quite the showing at IFA 2016, too. The Moto Z lineup gets another member – the midrange Moto Z Play, accompanied by a 10x zoom Hasselblad camera True Zoom MotoMod, and there’s a couple of new sleek Yoga convertibles (or three, if you count the Yoga Book’s Android and Windows versions separately).

IFA 2016 Lenovo

Before we move on to our impressions, the usual rundown of the key specs is in order.

Lenovo Moto Z Play at a glance
5.5″, Super AMOLED display of 1920×1080 pixels resolution, 403ppi
Metal frame, glass back, water repellent nano-coating
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, octa-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 CPU; Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB RAM
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Moto Display, Moto Actions and Moto Voice
16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual-color LED flash, Laser + PDAF; 4K video recording
5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, Perfect Makeup mode
3,510 mAh Li-Ion battery
SIM + microSD card slot combo tray (up to 2TB)
USB Type-C for charging and data transfer, 3.5mm headphone jack (unlike the other Moto Z’s), magnetic connectors on the back for attaching MotoMods

Hasselblad True Zoom MotoMod at a glance
12MP Type 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor, 1.55 micron pixel size, ISO100-3200
10x optical zoom, 25-250mm equivalent focal length, f/3.5-6.5 aperture range
Optical image stabilization for stills, electronic stabilization for video
1080p/30fps video recording
Xenon flash
Uses the phone’s battery and storage
Compatible with Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play

Then there is the Yoga Book, coming in your choice of OS, either Android Marshmallow, or Windows 10 Pro. For this 2 in 1 Lenovo chose to scrap the physical keyboard altogether, for better or worse, and instead go with a touch sensitive pad, which doubles as a virtual keyboard.

Lenovo Yoga Book at a glance
10.1″ IPS LCD display of 1,920×1,200 pixels resolution, 224ppi
Metal build, 2 in 1 form factor, capacitive touch sensitive pad, virtual keyboard
Real Pen stylus, 2048 degrees of pressure
Intel Atom x5-Z8550 chipset, 2.4GHz quad-core CPU
Wi-Fi ac, LTE, GPS
Android 6.0 Marshmallow / Windows 10 Pro
8MP main camera, 2MP front-facing camera
8,500mAh Li-Po battery
Thin (9.6mm) and light (690g)

For a more conventional laptop experience there is the Yoga 910 – still fully convertible, but with a proper keyboard instead.

Lenovo Yoga 910 at a glance
13.9″ IPS LCD display of 3,840×2,160 pixels resolution, 317ppi
Aluminum body, 2 in 1 form factor, backlit keyboard
Top configuration with Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD
Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1
Up to Windows 10 Pro
720p webcam
1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1x USB 2.0 Type-C, 1x USB 3.0, audio combo jack
Fingerprint reader
JBL stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
1.4kg weight, 8.8mm thickness

We’ll kick off on the next page with the Moto Z Play and Hasselblad True Zoom Combo, as it’s right up our alley, but the Yogas did get a few moments of hands-on time, so we’ll share those as well.