LG is not the only phone maker doing some teasing recently. About a week ago, Motorola had also started sending out invites for an upcoming event scheduled on July 25th in New York City. Well, the phone maker has released a new invite, this time showing shards of broken glass and text that reads: “Get ready to shatter your expectations.”
Could Motorola be planning to formally introduce its Moto Z2 Force less than a couple of weeks from now?
The word “shatter” on the invite may hold some hidden meaning. After all, Motorola has already released the Moto Z Force and the Droid Turbo 2, two smartphone devices that already come with a “shatter field” feature. For those not familiar with this feature, it basically helps protect both handsets from shattering or sustaining cracks.
It is an interesting attribute, and it would make sense for Motorola to try to adopt the feature to upcoming models. One of those highly awaited ones is the Moto Z2 Force. There is some talk that this device will be bringing back the headphone jack -- something that was absent from its predecessor, the aforementioned Moto Z Force. As part of the Z lineup of devices, the Moto Z2 Force is also expected to have support for Motorola’s range of Moto Mods (removable modules that users can attach magnetically, e.g. camera accessory, spare battery, gaming controller, etc).
Interestingly, just this week, a Chinese Motorola web page posted pictures of what appears to be a modular smartphone. The images were removed soon thereafter, but thankfully for Motorola fans, tech news sites got wind of it. The devices featured on the pictures sported a dual camera set up on the rear side. No current Moto Z handset has ever had a dual camera configuration before, and there is a good chance that the Moto Z2 Force could be the first to feature that.
It was in 2016 when Lenovo, the Chinese tech giant who acquired the Motorola brand, first introduced the Moto Z series of smartphones. At that time, there were only three -- namely the Moto Z, the Moto Z Play, and the Moto Z Force. The Moto Z family was designed to come with support for Moto Mods.
Smartphones with modular designs are nothing new. But some companies have since sort of abandoned the idea -- notably Google with its Project Ara, and also LG, whose flagship offering this year, the G6, is non-modular, unlike last year’s G5. Motorola, however, appears to be fully committed to building more modular smartphones.
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