Moto Z: Motorola’s take on Modular phones

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We’ve been hearing for some time that brands are working on Modular devices. LG was the first one to launch world’s first modular phone the LG G5.  While Google’s Project Ara is yet to be seen, Motorola has come up its own version of Modular devices Moto Z and Moto Z force. Although Moto Z cannot be called a truly modular device, it has attachments called as Moto Mods which attach to the back of the phone via magnets and provide a new look, improved audio, a projector, or other extra features.

Moto Z Modular phone

Motorola’s Moto Z and Moto Z force along with Moto Mods will be available from September. The Moto Z runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and features a 5.5-inch QHD display. The smartphone packs a powerful Quad-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, along with 4GB RAM and Adreno 530 GPU.

Moto Z comes with a 13MP rear camera with laser autofocus, along with a 5MP front camera. The device comes with 32GB and 64GB storage options and supports a microSD card up to 2TB. On the connectivity part, Moto Z supports 4G LTE networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, GPS connectivity and is backed by a 2600 mAh battery. Motorola has introduced TurboCharging technology that gives 8 hours of battery life in 15 minutes.

Moto Z force Modular phone

Moto Z force, on the other hand, has the same specifications, however, has a slightly more powerful 21MP rear camera and a 3500mAh battery. It also comes with the Shatter-Shield display which was earlier seen in Moto X Force.

Lenovo also launched Moto Mods which adds to the functionalities of the phone. These are snap-on magnetic accessories which connect and draw their power/data through a 6Gbps multi-pin connection. Lenovo has announced three Mods at launch: a projector, “party speaker” and an external battery. The Moto Insta-Share Projector (MISP, for short) combines a built-in kickstand with a 50-lumen lamp that can beam a 70-inch image onto nearby walls.

motoz moto mod soundboost jblThe JBL speaker offers 6W stereo sound, 80-decibel volume and 10-hour battery life. Like the projector mod, this too has a built-in kickstand, and can charge as it plays using a USB-C connection.

Moto Z Projector Mod The Incipio Power Pack straps on a massive 2,220mAh backup battery rated to provide an extra 22 hours of runtime. It is certainly a nice complement to the Moto Z’s onboard 2,600mAh pack. Apart from these Mods, Lenovo also plans to  launch Style Shells rear cases which will offer finishes like real wood, leather, and fabric.

Apart from these another highlight from Moto is that it becomes second company after LeEco to ditch 3.5 mm analogue headset jack !!