Lenovo officially unveils Moto Z and Moto Z Play smartphones in the Kenyan market

Moto is back!

The Moto brand is making a comeback to the Kenyan market thanks to Chinese device maker Lenovo.

At an event in Nairobi this morning, Lenovo East Africa, through subsidiary Motorola Mobility, unveiled two smartphones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Play which are now available in leading retails stores across Kenya.

Both devices have been available in the global market since last year.

The Moto Z, the Motorola brand’s flagship device, will retail at Kshs 62,000 while the Moto Z Play, its sibling that boasts of extended battery life, will go for Kshs 49,000. As part of a sales promotion, buyers of either device will be given a free Moto Mod from JBL that boosts the device’s sound.

Moto Mods are snap-on accessories made by both Lenovo and its partners that extend the functionality of the Moto Z and Moto Z Play. For instance, the Hasselblad True Zoom mod, which goes for Kshs 26,000, adds 10x optical zoom, xenon flash and better controls to the ultra-thin Moto Z making it a photographer’s dream phone. The JBL SoundBoost speaker mod, which goes for Kshs 15,000, not only makes the audio output a breeze but also acts as a battery extender as well, something the specialised power pack, another Moto Mod, does even better.

According to Lenovo East Africa Technical Product Manager King’ori Gitahi, the company is willing to partner with local developers who may be interested in plugging into the Moto Mods developer platform to come up with interesting accessories that are meaningful to end users.

The Insta-Share Projector Mod, which essentially turns the Moto phone into a portable projector, and the style shell, which also plugs into the 16-pin connector at the back of the Moto Z and Moto Z Play, are also available at varying price points.

Here are specifications of the Moto Z and Moto Z Play.

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