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Lenovo gambling on modular smartphone technology

New Moto Z smartphone bulids on Google’s abandoned Ara project

Motorola Mobility, a unit of China's Lenovo Group, is studying development of a robotic product using a smartphone as a core component.

PALO ALTO,U.S. -- As smartphone sales begin to plateau worldwide, Lenovo Group is betting on innovation to invigorate the market and secure its own place in it.

Its Motorola Moto Z smartphone, which debuted in 2016, is based on modular technology that lets users enhance and expand their phone's core functions. High-performance cameras, additional batteries, mobile projectors and more powerful speakers can be easily added via a dedicated, modular interface. This represents a radical departure in smartphone design. 

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