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Moto Z, Moto Mods, and Moto Z Force Unveiled to the Public

Earlier, Motorola and Lenovo announced their newest smartphone model-- the Moto Z; a flagship smartphone running on Android. The device comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560x1440 resolution, Quad-Core Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, internal storage of 32GB/64GB, microSD car slot, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 2,600 mAh battery with support for Turbo Charging, Fingerprint reader, and a USB Type-C port that can be used for headphones since there is no 3.5mm headphone jack available.

What makes this device stand out from the rest of its competition is the addition of the new Moto Mods; which are modules that can be snapped on the back of the device and connected to the phone through the 16 pins on its bottom portion. Along with its announcement, they released a teaser video for the Mods, which include the following options:

  • JBL SoundBoost - A speaker module that comes equipped with a kickstand and battery that lasts up to 10 hours of sound.
  • Insta-Share Projector -A module for the Moto Z that can project a screen up to 70 inches in size. The module includes a battery that helps prolong the battery on the phone so it can project screens up to an hour longer.
  • Power Packs - True to its name, this module extends the battery life of the Moto Z by up to 22 hours. 
  • Style Shell - If you don't want to use any of the Moto Mods, you can cover it with a Style Shell of your preference, which comes in wood, leather, and patterned fabric options.
As of this writing, Motorola is working on more modules they can include to its Moto Mods line-up. Not to mention, they have plans to launch a Moto Mods Developer Progam designed for developers to create a module of their own.

A second device was launched today as well under the name Moto Z Force, a Verizon-exclusive device available in the US. While it has a similar appearance to the Moto Z, it actually has a few tweaks added to it. First of all, the Moto Z Force has a 21MP rear camera and a larger 3,500 mAh battery. The phone also comes with ShatterShield display technology that helps protect it from damage against drops.

Both devices are expected to launch at Verizon this summer though no official price or release date has been disclosed. There are rumors that an unlocked model of the Moto Z will be released in fall but nothing official has been declared just yet.

Would you be interested in either of these devices?

Source: TMONews


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  1. Having a power pack option is no excuse for having a pathetically weak battery coming standard.

    As for the rest of the module idea, I am not sure it is for me, but I welcome these companies trying this out.

  2. If it's under $300, sure.

  3. Based on reading about Moto abusing their customers by not honoring valid warranty claims, I have lost all interest in the Lenovo owned Moto products.

    Too many other choices for me to want to worry about warranty claims not being honored on buggy products.

  4. Nice, but Verizon only? Instant loss.

  5. EyeAmNoLongerInfectedJune 10, 2016 at 2:24 AM

    Reducing their flagship rear camera from 21 megapickles (2015) down to only 13 megapickles? There'd better be some serious f-aperture and micron-pickles going on.....

    1. # of Megapickles does not dictate picture quality.

    2. EyeAmNoLongerInfectedJune 10, 2016 at 2:17 PM

      Eye know "# of Megapickles....." ...that's why I followed up with "F-Aperture & Micron-Pickles" better be improved to make up for less MP.

      Moto Z unlocked is going to be GSM-ONLY! Booooo! That will reduce Lenovo's Moto sales even more than last year. (I know phones through Verizon are unlocked, but priced higher than normal unlocked).

      Excitingly curious is soon to be released "LENOVO PHAB 2 PRO" using Google's Tango augmented reality software on 6.4" screen. Available through Best Buy this fall for $499 unlocked (Hopefully "pure" not just GSM).

    3. #of Megapickles only work if lens are size of a gherkins....

  6. "the Moto Z; a flagship"


    First off, this phone (like all flagships) will cost too much to bother with at launch.

    Second, the price won't decrease enough until at least Android O comes out.

    Third, the need for a headphone (Trigger Warning) dongle is inconvenient.

    It means you can't charge up while you have headphones plugged in, which reduces the overall utility of this phone.

    Fourth, such an expensive phone should already come with a hefty battery instead of expecting you to pay more for decent capacity.

    Fifth, this phone simply isn't cheap or modular enough to actually have its gimmick be relevant.

    A truly modular phone needs to be dirt cheap, with DIY modules for absolutely everything.

    It doesn't even have to come with any modules, but you should be able to buy or replace the screen, camera, CPU, storage, RAM and radios.

    Or rather, you should even be able to Build Your Own Phone and swap out components whenever you want.

    Of course, all modules should follow a common standard, instead of proprietary crap that loses value because it's not compatible with your other phones (screen size notwithstanding)

    Anyway, until/unless THAT becomes the reality of modular phones, the costly Moto Z series will remain a niche product (regardless of popularity) due to the fact that every listed module can be covered by a USB accessory, or simply by buying a phone with a better battery.

    At the end of the day, these phones reek of style over substance.

    0/10 ~ Definitely not interested.

  7. Another gimmick smartphone. These and the LG G5 will fail. Public too smart to fall for this. Just like the Nintendo Wii it just old after a while and people move on.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! I'll look into this.

  9. I currently use an older Moto X and enjoy it very much, but the "no 3.5mm headphone jack available" is a deal killer for me. The nonstandard 2.5mm jacks have already failed, so why do they think that we will use clumsy usb to audio adapters? I don't always want Bluetooth for audio either as direct cable produces better audio and uses less power than BT.

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