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?
You can not always please everybody. Any phone maker knows this all too well, including Motorola, whose Moto Z lineup of smartphone devices has managed to both please people and draw flak from other. Indeed, while it is true that the Moto Z came with a sleek super slim design, while the Moto Z Force was as tough as they come, and both can be paired with Moto Mods (more on this later) in order to achieve enhanced functionality, some users were not happy with the fact that the handsets have done away with the headphone jack.
When LGreleased its current flagship device, the G5, last year, it was seen as sort of a departure or an innovative approach on the part of the South Korean phone maker, especially with regards to the modular design of the handset. Users and industry watchers alike certainly found the G5 a cool concept -- allowing owners to swap out the bottom section of the smartphone for other parts, such as a camera grip or a speaker.
Part of what makes Motorola’s Moto Z line of smartphones so cool are the Mods, and recently, the phone maker has decided to unveil a couple of new additions to the magnetic modules. Meet the new 3,000 mAh Mophie JuicePack, which comes with a USB Type C port for independent charging, priced at $80, and a car dock (made in collaboration with Incipio) that allows users to charge their Moto Z handsets and at the same time open mobile apps (sort of like Google’s Android Auto).
When LG first unveiled its G5 flagship device back in February early this year, the smartphone was lauded for not only adopting a rather unique modular concept in design, but also for managing to actually demonstrate successfully that modular smartphones can indeed work. But despite the warm acceptance of the LG G5, the handset never quite generated enough sales to be considered a solid hit. Even though the notion of being able to use a wide range of add-on modules that can be attached to the G5 with ease sounded good on paper, it never really translated into actual buyer conversions.
Upon its release back in April earlier this year, LG’s flagship device, the G5, wowed the mobile industry and consumers alike with its clever use of a modular design that allows the handset to have its removable battery swapped out from its bottom part, and attach various cool accessories like a camera grip or an audio converter to switch from digital to analog. In other words, its modular nature gave the LG G5 a versatility never before seen in a major smartphone release.
Roughly a week ago, LG had announced that it will be unveiling its first ever Android Nougat powered mobile device, the LG V20, in the city of San Francisco in California on September 6th of this year. Apart from being the first Android Nougat LG device, the V20 is also looking to beat upcoming new Nexus handsets from Google in getting the newest version of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system. Like its predecessor the V10, the upcoming V20 is said to boast a twin screen set up as well as a dual selfie camera configuration.
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).
The Internet rumor mill has been working overtime recently, especially with regards to the two upcoming newest smartphone offerings from Motorola’s Moto X brand. As reported by VentureBeat, the devices are said to be modular types, basically letting mobile users interchange rear plates with different functionalities. And then also just this week, HellomotoHK also unleashed images of new Moto X devices that seem to reveal a device with a metal body plus laser auto focusing capabilities.
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