Having completed the acquisition of Motorola from Google nearly 2 years ago, Lenovo has finally relaunched the Moto brand of smartphones in South Africa. The relaunch included the unveiling of the Motorola Moto Z, along with the first wave of Moto Mods, which includes the Hasselblad True Zoom, JBL SoundBoost, Insta-Share Projector, and Incipio offGrid Power Pack Mod.

The new smartphone was unveiled at Theatre on Track in Kyalami, Johannesburg, in front of a crowd of media, industry partners, and operators. The Motorola smartphone brand was pulled from South Africa back in 2013, despite being a fairly well-known, household name in the smartphone market. Lenovo sees the Moto Z, along with its Moto Mods as the next era for the smartphone. Follow the link to find out more about Moto Mods.


The hardware for the Moto Z features a 5.5″ Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440), Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.2GHz Quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 2,600mAh battery, dual nanoSIM and runs on Android 6.0.1. Other specifications include a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and internal storage of 32GB and 64GB variants.

Pricing and Availability

The Moto Z will be available at select retailers:

  • from 1 November 2016
  • Cellucity from 1 November 2016
  • Dion Wired from 13 November 2016

Moto Z will be available in Black and Lunar Grey. The pricing will start from:

  • Moto Z (comes with Moto Style Shell): R12 999
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector Mod: R4 699
  • Incipio offGrid Power Pack Mod: R1 199
  • JBL SoundBoost Mod: R1 699
  • Hasselblad True Zoom Mod: R4 299

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