Motorola has just shaken up the smartphone world. The company’s new flagship Moto Z and Moto Z Force combine the best elements of innovation from LG’s G5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 with modular accessories.
The most shocking aspect to both new phones is their dimensions:
Moto Z – 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm (6.04 x 2.96 x 0.20 in) and 136 g (4.80 oz)
Moto Z Force – 155.9 x 75.8 x 7 mm (6.14 x 2.98 x 0.28 in) and 163 g (5.75 oz)
The headliner here is the slimness of the Moto Z which at just 5.2mm (0.2 inch) is the slimmest smartphone we’ve seen from a major manufacturer. The Moto Z Force is thicker, but still slimmer than the iPhone 6S and Galaxy S7. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force also use a premium aluminium chassis. On the flip side, the big shocker is Motorola has stripped the headphone jack for both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force and requires you to use the Type-C USB charging slot. To help users out a Type-C to 3.5mm jack adaptor will be bundled, but it could still alienate many users despite the promise of increased sound quality and the ability to power wired headphones with integrated DACs. Aside from Moto Maker customisations, three finishes will be available for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force: black with lunar grey trim, black with rose gold trim and fine gold.
Moto Z – 5.5-inch AMOLED, 1440 x 2560 pixels (535 ppi pixel density), Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Moto Z Force – 5.5-inch AMOLED, 1440 x 2560 pixels (535 ppi pixel density), Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Shatter Proof
Moto Z and Moto Z Force – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo CPUs, Adreno 530 GPU), 4GB RAM
Moto Z – Rear: 13 MP, f/1.8, laser autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash; Front: 5 MP, f/2.2, 1.4 µm pixel size, LED flash
Moto Z Force – Rear: 21 MP, f/1.8, laser & phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Front: 5 MP, f/2.2, 1.4 µm pixel size, LED flash
Moto Z – 2600 mAh capacity battery
Moto Z Force – 3500 mAh capacity battery
Moto Mods – Snap-On Modular Accessories:
Magnetic connectors on the back of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force make them compatible with a range of new accessories which Motorola calls ‘Moto Mods’. Here are the options at launch:
-Battery Pack – 2200mAh battery, 6.2mm thick, 79g (Qi/PMA wireless charging version weighs 85g)
-Projector – 11mm thick, 120g, casts 70-inch 480p picture. Built in 1100 mAh battery lasts one hour
-JBL Speakers – 13mm thick, 145g with 2x 3W stereo speakers. Built in 1000 mAh battery lasts 10 hours
-Style Shell – snap on covers in a range of wood, fabric and leather finishes.
To encourage developers to also make their own Moto Mods, Motorola has set aside $1,000,000 in equity funding for whoever creates the best prototypes by March 31, 2017.