Motorola announces Moto Z and Moto Z Force with modular ‘Moto Mods’ accessories

Motorola finally took the wraps off its new flagship, the Moto Z. The launch was done at the Tech World 2016 conference in San Francisco. The Lenovo-owned company announced Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones with “Moto Mods” modular accessories. Pricing details have not been announced yet, but we expect Motorola to do it soon.

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The Moto Z Force is a variant of the Moto Z with a larger battery and ShatterShield screen, similar to the Moto X Force. Except for the battery and screen size, rest all the specs stay the same on both the devices. The Moto Z features a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and a fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button. The device is embodied in metal and is surprisingly thin at 5.2mm. It is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. It bears 32GB/64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card. Interestingly, the device is made up of “aircraft-grade aluminium and stainless steel”.

There is a 13MP rear camera onboard with dual-tone LED flash, optical image stabilization (OIS) and laser autofocus, along with a wide-angle 5MP selfie camera with LED flash. Motorola touts the device to be “water-repellant” which can handle water splashes. The device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Just like the LeEco Le 2, this one has also ditched the 3.5mm audio jack for the USB Type-C audio connector that is touted to deliver better sound output. However, Motorola will provide a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter along with the device package.

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Moto Mods is the major highlight for these smartphones. These are the snap-on modular accessories, which stick to the back panel of the device with the help of 12 “magical pins” on the rear of these devices. Moto Mods include SoundBoost Mod, PowerPack Mod, and Insta-Share Mod. Most interesting Mod is the Insta-Share Mod, which is a mini projector that can turn the Moto Z smartphone into a 70-inch projector with a 90-degree projection angle. The SoundBoost Mod is made in partnership with JBL, it adds speakers to the rear of the device and also provides added battery backup of 1000mAh. Lastly, the PowerPack Mod is for extended 2200mAh of battery backup for the device.

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Motorola Moto Z specifications

  • 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED screen
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB /64GB internal storage, expandable up to 2TB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 13MP primary camera with dual-tone LED flash and 5MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE (Cat 9), 3G, Wi-Fi, Fingerprint sensor, GPS, Bluetooth, USB Type-C audio connectivity
  • 2600mAh battery with Turbo Charging

Motorola Moto Z Force specifications

  • 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED ShatterShield screen
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB /64GB internal storage, expandable up to 2TB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 13MP primary camera with dual-tone LED flash and 5MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE (Cat 9), 3G, Wi-Fi, Fingerprint sensor, GPS, Bluetooth, USB Type-C audio connectivity
  • 3500mAh battery with Turbo Charging

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