Moto Z and MotoMods: Motorola’s Entry In Modular Phone Segment


Although a bit late than others, Motorola’s 2016 flagship has finally arrived. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force were made official, and the stage was Lenovo’s Tech World annual event. 

The rumors that came out a few days back also turned out to be true and accurate. If you didn’t notice in the first para, Motorola replaced the X series with Z series. The modular phones are apparently picking up pace this year, and both the Moto Z variants come with their own modules named MotoMods. More about it later.

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With Moto Z, Motorola’s flagship has picked up a fresh design. The front of both the phones is similar to the recently launched Moto G4 Plus with a square fingerprint sensor right below the display. Previous flagships were bulky, but the Moto Z is the thinnest smartphone out there, as Motorola claims. It’s just 5.2mm thick. The last time I checked, there was no other phone so thin. Motorola refers to it as ‘razor thin’. Remember the Moto RAZR teaser that Motorola posted a few days back?

Its spec sheet, on the other hand, is barely different than the other flagships in the market. It has Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM, which should be sufficient even for the power users. While the Moto X (2015) had a 21MP camera, the Moto Z instead settles for a lower-resolution 13MP camera.Thankfully, it has OIS, laser AF and can also do 4K UltraHD movies. This is what most users would be expecting.

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The Moto Z also has a 5.5-inch QHD display. The really disappointing factor would be the mere 2,600 mAh battery, which Motorola says will last a day long. I doubt.

Good news for power users. The Moto Z Force is better in every aspect where the Moto Z disappoints. It gets a 21MP rear camera with laser AF and OIS. The battery is considerably good 3,500 mAh one. It is still incredibly thin at 6.99 mm even after these additions, although not razor thin like the Z.

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Both the phones will be fully compatible with the modules called MotoMods. Unlike the LG G5 which accommodates modules inside of it, MotoMods will be snap-on style. This means the modules will fit just as easily as covers. So in case you think the Moto Z’s battery is not sufficient, you can fit the Power Pack module.

In the US Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be sold as Moto Z Droid edition and Moto Z Force Droid edition exclusively on Verizon. The rest of the world will only get the Moto Z at the launch. There’s no word on pricing, but given the Motorola’s past record both the phones should cost less than their competitors. Unless Lenovo has something else on its mind.

The Moto Z will start shipping in September 2016. In the United States both the phones will be available from summer exclusively through Verizon.


About Swapneel Bandiwadekar

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