Friday, June 10, 2016

First Look at Moto Z and MotoMods

When pictures of Motorola's next flagship were leaked, the tech community criticized Lenovo for making Motorola loose the "X-factor". And indeed it did, replacing it with the "Z-factor".

The Moto Z was announced at Lenovo Tech World in San Francisco, on 9th June, along with the Lenovo Phab 2, a 6.4 inch phone with Google's Project Tango.

The New Moto Z Family with Moto Mods: Transform Your Smartphone in a Snap

The new Moto Z has all the raw processing power you need, along with all the features you didn't know you wanted. The specs of the Moto Z are very similar to the standard 2016 flagship, with a Snapdragon 820, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, 5.5" 1440p (DO NOT CALL IT 2K) screen and 64 GB internal storage. All this leads to one stand out point which is the Moto Z is EXTREMELY THIN at just 5.19 mm.

The Moto Z's beefed up sibling, the Moto Z Force also has similar specs, with some additions. Check out the specs of the Moto Z below.

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with up to 2.2 GHz CPU Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU Natural Language Processor
Storage: 2GB/64GB UFS, microSD Card support (up to 2 TB)
Dimensions: Height: 153.3 mm Width: 75.3 mm Depth: 5.19 mm
Weight: 136g
Display: 5.5” AMOLED, 1440p (2560 x 1440), 535 ppi, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Battery: 2600mAh, Turbo Charging
Water resistance: Water repellent nano-coating
Sensors: Fingerprint reader, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Hall Effect, Magnetometer, Proximity, NFC
Rear camera: 13 MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag, Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs, 1.12um pixel
Front camera: 5 MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Wide-Angle lens, Flash, 1.4um big pixel for better low light
Connectivity: Moto Mods™ connector, USB-C port for headphones, charging and data transfer, 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone port adapter included
Bluetooth: 4.1

The Moto Z Force has the following additions to the above.

Dimensions: Height: 155.9 mm, Width: 75.8 mm, Depth: 6.99 mm
Weight: 163 g
Display: Shattershield
Battery: 3500 mAh
Rear Camera: 21 MP

Both of the phones will be available in the US this summer with Verizon only Droid options. The Moto Z Force will not be available worldwide whereas the Moto Z sales will start in September.

So, that is all for the usual stuff. Let's bring in the fun now with MotoMods! You can think of MotoMods as the sensible/realistic cousin of Google's Project Ara. MotoMod is similar to LG's G5 modules. You can just put on a case and get longer battery life/louder music/more optical zoom/project a movie anywhere and a lot of jealous friends!

In my opinion, Motorola has really found the balance between innovation, sophistication, and simplicity. MotoMods are just snap on covers that need no tweaking software or opening up your phone.
Photo: Announcing #MotoMods. Exclusively on +Verizon , transform your Moto Z Droid Edition with a +JBL  speaker, 22-hour battery & more, in a snap.

Read more here.

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