Motorola announces Moto Z with modular ‘Moto Mods’ accessories

Lenovo owned Motorola has announced two new flagship devices – the Moto Z and Moto Z Force in the all new ‘Z’ series at the Tech World 2016 Conference in San Francisco. These are the successors of the Moto X series flagships as Lenovo has decided to drop the ‘X’ naming scheme in favour of ‘Z’. They are also modular smartphones that come with snap-on accessories. Lets now take a look at the specifications and features of the Moto Z.

Motorola Moto Z

Motorola Moto Z Specifications

The Motorola Moto Z features a 5.5-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD AMOLED display that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and has a pixel density of 535 PPI. It is powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit processor along with Adreno 530 GPU. It has 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and comes with 32 / 64 GB of internal memory, which can further be expanded up to 2 TB via microSD card. The device runs on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS out of the box.

The Moto Z rocks a 13 megapixel primary rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, 1.12 µm pixel size, Laser Auto Focus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). On the front, it has a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and wide-angle lens for selfies and video calling. It supports a Single SIM (nano), comes with an all metal body, that is just 5.19 mm thick and weighs 136 grams. It houses a fingerprint scanner at the front just like the Moto G4 Plus. It has water-repellent nano-coating, comes with a USB-C port (no traditional 3.5 mm audio jack) for headphones, charging and data. We also have front-ported loud speakers along with 4-mics.

It includes 4G LTE (Cat 9) with VoLTE support, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS as connectivity options. The phablet packs in a 2,600 mAh battery with support for Turbo Charging.

Motorola announces Moto Z with modular 'Moto Mods' accessories

Both Moto Z and Moto Z Force supports modular accessories called the ‘Moto Mods’. They get attached to 12 “magic pins” that are located at the bottom back of the device. These Moto Mods consist of a Moto Insta-Share Projector, JBL SoundBoost, Moto Shells and instant Power Pack.

The Moto Insta-Share Projector will turn the phone into a 70-inch projector, that can project at a wall or ceiling with 90 degree projection angle. The JBL SoundBoost and Power Pack will boost audio and increase battery life up to 22 hours, respectively. Also, the swappable Moto Style Shells now use premium materials such as real wood, leather, or patterned fabric.

We’ve made the connection process super-simple too. High-powered magnets connect Moto Mods to your phone so you can easily snap them together as your needs change. And since function never goes out of style, rest assured that the Moto Mods developed today are designed to work with future generations of Moto Z phones.

The Lenovo Moto Z will start shipping from September along with the Moto Z Force and Moto Mods accessories, however there is no information on pricing yet. In the U.S., both the devices will be available exclusively via Verizon starting from September, as Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid.

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