Lenovo-Acquired Motorola is all set to launch their latest device,company’s first ever modular smartphone, inspired by the now-defunct Project Ara by Google, the Moto Z at a launch event on the 4th of October later this year. The Moto Z which has been a pretty hyped about device had no information regarding its specifications just a few days back but specifications of the device have finally surfaced and it will soon be available to consumers in India as well as in International markets post its launch in October. What sets the Moto Z apart is the 16-pin magnetic connector at the back that supports snap-on modules called ‘Moto Mods.’ Motorola has tied up with other third party brands to develop these modules or enhancements. There is a battery pack, a speaker from JBL, a projector from Pico and a high-end camera from Hasselblad. Though there is no additional information on the availability date of the mods, we are hopeful that they will be launched with the device itself at Lenovo’s launch event.
Moto Z Device Specifications
Hardware and Software
The latest device from Motorola features a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The device will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. The Moto Z Play is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage while the Moto Z Force has the same specifications as that of the Moto Z but features the Moto ShatterShield technology for its display, which the company says will not crack or shatter and is a more convenient option for careless hands.
The Moto Z sports a 13-megapixel camera unit with f/1.8 aperture, laser auto-focus, optical image stabilisation and dual LED flash. The modular smartphone also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with front flash for video calling and selfie taking purposes.The Moto Z Force is equipped with a 23MP Rear camera and the Moto Z play has a 16MP rear shooter with dual LED flash.
The Moto Z packs in a 2600mAh battery that can deliver up to 30 hours of battery life, with TurboPower charging to give 8 hours of battery life in 15 minutes. The Moto Z Force sports a bigger 3,500 mAh battery while the Moto Z Play is powered by a 3,510 mAh battery.
No Headphone Jack
The Moto Z smartphones are also the first breed of Android smartphones to omit the 3.5mm Headphone jack following up on the technology used by Apple in their latest iPhone 7. The USB-Type C port will act as the audio alternative in the smartphone.
Price and Availability
Lenovo India had in June confirmed that the Moto Z along with the magnetic Snap-on back panels, the Moto Mods, would launch in India by October. The Moto Z Play, a more affordable variant of the Moto Z modular smartphone was announced at IFA 2016. However, we are not sure whether only the Moto Z or all of its variants will be launched at Lenovo’s October 4 event for which the tech giants have already started sending out invitations. The prices regarding the smartphones are also a mystery as of now but we are putting the price of the standard Moto Z at approximately Rs.21,000, the Moto Z Force at Rs. 25,000 and the comparatively affordable Moto Z Play at around Rs. 16,500.