The Moto X series from Motorola has been hugely popular thanks to it’s wide range of features and low pricing. Most people expected Motorola to continue this tradition of simplicity. However, when Lenovo took over the company, it decided to change up the whole game in the form of two mind blowing new phones, the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force.
These new phone are definitely premium offerings, built specifically to compete with the like of Samsung and Sony. To make sure that they stood up to the competition, the company decided to give up on the plastic body and go for sleek, yet high quality aircraft grade aluminum.
This choice of body makes the phones more lightweight and durable while increasing the sex appeal as well. The body is extremely slim with a small fingerprint sensor in front and a large camera in the back.
Both phones feature a 5.5 inch Quad HD screen, with the Z Force getting the infamous shatterproof display. This and a bigger 3500Mah battery (only 2600mah for the Z) is what contributes to the Z Force being slightly thicker than it’s counterpart.
Powering the setup is a Quad core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. The storage capacity is a basic 32/64GB with SD card slots for further expansion.
As expected, both phones get fast charging and USB C ports. However the big surprise came from the removal of the trusty 3.5mm headphone jack. For those who still like to use the 3.5mm port, there will be a separate USB C to 3.5mm adapter available.
In the camera department, the Z receives a 13 MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash, auto focus and OIS, while the Z force gets a 21 MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash, auto focus, OIS and Phase Detection Focus. For the front camera, both get a 5 MP wide angle camera with auto-focus and LED flash.
To make the both phones secure from the elements, the company also has provided water repellent nano coating. This is the last of the fixed features available for the sets though.
From here forward, we enter the realm of true customization. This customization is made possible thanks to 16 Pogo Pins on the back on both phones, which give users the option to attach various accessories.
This functionality puts these phones into a very limited range of Modular Phones available on the market today. Among the accessories available are JBL speaker add-ons with inbuilt battery for improved sound; a Pico projector for 70 inch projection, as well as a special camera add-on from improved photography.
All of these snap on – add-ons come with inbuilt battery for extended backup. If none of these are to your liking, then you can go for a simplistic battery add-on from Mophie as well.
The company aims to open this modular technology to more developers soon, so we can expect more add-on options coming into the market after the launch.
The company hasn’t given any information about the actual launch itself though. The prices too are a secret for now.
We speculate that the launch and the prices will be revealed before the end of the summer, with sales picking up close to the holiday season. So if you want to own one of these exciting phones, stay tuned for updates.
Moto Z Force
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