Moto Z and Moto Z Force with Moto Mods Now Officially Unveiled

Moto Z Force
Looks like modular devices are the next trend in the smartphone industry. Firstly, we have the much anticipated Project Ara by Google which is still in development. Secondly, is the newest flagship device from LG called G5 that also sports modular-based functionality. And then yesterday, Lenovo also just launched their latest smartphone offerings that feature magnetic snap-on back panels to which users can attach different modules called Moto Mods. Let's welcome the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-powered Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones.

As the names suggest, the Moto Z is the standard top-of-the-line device which offers many flagship level specs like those of the Moto X, for example the large 5.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED display (2560 x 1440 resolution) protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The Moto Z Force is the bigger and more durable brother, it sports almost the same specs as the Moto Z. Moto Z Force's enhancements are the Shattershield Technology, which basically makes the device a lot tougher against scratches, bumps and smashes to the ground. It also has a bigger battery at 3500mAh compared to 2600mAh of the smaller sibling.

Both devices use USB Type-C port and this allows the smartphones to have fast charge tech that's even faster. For example, Lenovo said that the Moto Z can have an up to 8 hour battery life in just 15 minutes of charging while the Moto Z Force will have about 15 hours battery life in 15 minute charge.

Moto Z specs:
  • 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED Display
  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 535 pixels per inch
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Adreno 530 GPU 
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB Internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS and Dual LED
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • LTE
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Fast Charge
  • 2,600mAh battery
Moto Z
 Moto Z Force specs:
  • 5.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED Display 
  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 535 pixels per inch
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB Internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 256GB
  • 21MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, PDAF, Dual-LED
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • LTE
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Fast Charge
  • 3,500mAh battery
 Lenovo claims that the Moto Z is the thinnest premium smartphone in the world sporting just 5.19mm thinness. To achieve this amazing feature, Lenovo sacrificed the existence of the much-loved 3.5mm jack. However, Lenovo said that the phone will come with its own adapter through the USB Type-C so users can still use standard headphones and earphones with the Moto Z.

Another amazing products that Lenovo unveiled alongside these Moto Z and Moto Z Force are the Moto Mods. Moto Mods are modules that can be attached to either of the new phones that give additional functionalities to the handsets such as additional battery pack, speakers, and even a projector. See the video below to see how exactly it works.

For now only pico projector, JBL speakers, battery pack Moto Mods are available once the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are officially released. But, Lenovo said they are also working with other brands and developers to bring in more Moto Mods in the market.  

As for its availability, Lenovo only announced US release which will be a Verizon-exclusive starting in the Summer and won't be released outside of Verizon network until Fall. Pricing is still to be disclosed.


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