We knew it was coming, you can’t hide anything from a trademark these days, that Lenovo and Motorola would be re-branding their future flagship, the Moto Z, rather than Moto X, and as expected we’ve a duo of devices, similar to the duo we got recently of the new G family, and likewise we’ve two devices again which follow the same pattern, a what you’d expect, then a bit more.
First thing’s first, we’ll get this out of the way, why do Motorola Fingerprint scanners have to be square, it ruins the whole look of the devices, imagine a circular Fingerprint scanner with the Moto M in the middle? Guess no one listened when I said the same about the Moto G4 Plus, however other than that, these devices are quite something.
But, I’m afraid the fan-fair, must start with a few complaints;
Welcome inspirations … and not so welcome
It’s clear that Lenovo and Motorola have been eyeing the competition, as these are not just your run-of-the-mill decent priced Stock(ish) Android Flagships, they come with a sense of inspiration, notedly from LG and the modular-esc LG G5.
THINNEST PREMIUM SMARTPHONE EVER AT 5.2MM BUT MISSING A VERY KEY FEATURE
However, it’s also clear they’ve took some inspirations from areas we’d of rather they didn’t, one from a rumour of a device which is yet a thing, the iPhone 7 … yes, you read right. One of the noted rumours of the iPhone 7, which is naturally going to and fro, is it’s lack of Headphone jack … well, you guessed it, you will find a USB-C port on the Moto Z, but no headphone jack, so you’re limited to Bluetooth, or USB-C adapter or Headphones, eek.
US Only, Verizon DROID Devices
Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be US exclusive devices coming to Verizon this Summer, but Motorola have confirmed that Worldwide “variants” will be coming across the pond to us as well which more or less the same design and features, but much more Stock.
Specifications of both
Just like with the two variants of the Moto G, the Moto Z devices share the basic internals, then improve upon a few in the latter model; (Z Force changes in bold)
- 5.5inch Quad HD AMOLED Display (Shatterproof display)
- Qualcomm SnapDragon 820
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB / 64GB Internal Storage with Card Expansion
- 13MP Camera / 21 MP Camera
- 2,600mAh Battery / 3,100mAh
- Work with the new Moto Mods
UPDATE: Price: £529 SIM Free
The standard Z has a 5.5-inch, quad HD AMOLED display; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM; 32 or 64GB of storage with SD card expansion; 13-megapixel camera with f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilization; fingerprint scanner; and 2600mAh battery.
The Z Force improves upon a few things, but is thicker, but boosts the Battery to 3,100mAh, Camera to 21MP, and what has been branded a shatterproof display (likely Gorilla Glass 4).
As we mentioned earlier, the Moto Z devices (as well as future Motorola devices apparently) now have the ability of accepting Mods, a SoundBoost speaker mod, made in partnership with JBL, is shown above. The one thing we do like about these mods in comparison to the LG G5 Modular “Friends”, is that the Motorola ones look much better designed and actually fit much more flush on the devices.
Similar to LG G5, the other Mods are rather self explanatory, such as the Battery booster with a Power Pack Mod by 2,220mAh.
“HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL MAKE A MOD TO FIX THE STUPID REMOVAL OF THE 3.5MM HEADPHONE JACK”
A Projector on a Phone!
But, if there’s one mod we do like, it’s the Insta-Share Mod, this thing adds a pico projector to the phone and lets you broadcast your phone’s display up to 70 inches wide at 480p resolution! Now, 480p may not sound like much resolution for a projector, but just consider that’s typical SD on YouTube, and 70 inch, come on this is a great start.
So, there you have it, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, on the surface some rather typical devices, and whilst we do think the Modular approach by Motorola is better than the G5, it’s still going to probably have the same luke-warm to no attention like the G5 Mods have had, but like with LG, we can’t complain when a company tries something interesting and new in Smartphones other than a boost in specs and making us wear some garish VR Glasses.
Of course we will have a lot more on the Moto Z and Z Force, if that’s there names, when they come over to the UK, but for now a very impressive set of Motorola flagships heading soon to the US.