For its latest flagship Android smartphone offerings, Lenovo’s Motorola brand has decided to go modular. Indeed, the newest pair of Moto devices -- the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force -- feature a super slim body (the Moto Z is just over 5 millimeters thick) and a modular design that allows them to possess capabilities beyond what normal smartphones can do. Some mobile users may have to get used to the fact that the newest Moto smartphones do not come with headphone jacks, but with their modular capabilities, perhaps that is not too bad (a USB-C to 3.5 millimeter jack adapter is included with the devices).
But first, let us go through the specifications -- the Moto Z has a 5.5 inch Quad HD resolution AMOLED display screen covered in durable Corning Gorilla Glass. This is flanked by a 13 megapixel camera on the rear side (with f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and laser auto focus), and a 5 megapixel selfie camera on the front side (with f/2.2 aperture, wide angle lens, and a dedicated flash).
Housed inside the Moto Z’s ultra thin frame is a 2.2 GigaHertz eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip set, with a highly capable Adreno 530 graphics processing unit (GPU). This is supported with 4 gigabytes of LPDDR4 random access memory (RAM), and 32 gigabytes to 64 gigabytes of expandable UFS flash storage, plus micro SD support for up to 256 gigabytes of additional memory. The device also comes with a fingerprint scanner, a 2,600 mAh battery (with turbo charging) and is powered by Google’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile operating system.
As for the Moto Z Force, it shares some of the specifications of its sibling, including the same 5.5 inch AMOLED display screen, front side camera, chip set, RAM, built in memory, and mobile operating system. In all other aspects, one can say that the Moto Z Force has pretty much upped the ante. The main camera on the rear side, for instance, comes in the form of a whopping 21 megapixel shooter with f/1.8 aperture, laser auto focus, phase detection, zero shutter lag, and other features. The battery is also bigger coming in at 3,500 mAh (also with turbo charging).
Having gone through the basics, let us head on to the more interesting parts. Motorola is embracing this concept called Moto Mods in which modular accessories can be attached to the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force easily, and in the process, expand the devices’ capabilities according to the user’s preferences. So what kind of accessories are we talking about? They include a pocket projector (i.e. hand held), a speaker upgrade from JBL, and various battery pack options courtesy of Incipio, Tumi, and Kate Spade.
As for the notable absence of headphone jacks in the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force, this is quite an interesting decision by Lenovo and its Motorola brand. When rumors about Apple dumping headphone jacks in its upcoming new iPhone models (to be released later this year) started circulating a few months ago, a lot of mobile users expressed their disapproval of the move. Is the same thing going to happen to the Moto Z devices, which are now officially the first high profile smartphones in the world to do away with headphone jacks? Maybe, maybe not. One thing is clear though -- by showcasing a bold new design for its flagship devices, Lenovo is certainly ready to make some risky moves in order to compete, especially with LG, whose own G5 flagship device also has modular capabilities.
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