If you are a fan of innovating technology especially in the world of smartphones then you must be well aware of the Google Project Ara or the LG G5, if not then in a brief these are the two modular and semi-modular smartphones with the latter one already released and project ARA although started on a fully modular concept it is now expected to come out sometime in the next 6 months as a semi-modular device. Amidst all this the Lenovo quietly released the all new Moto Z and Moto Z force semi-modular phones. The phones as of now are restrained to the US and will be coming to the international markets later this year. What’s new in these Flagships is that they come with something called the Moto MODs. The Mods attach to the back of the phone via magnets and provide a new look, improved audio, a projector, or other extra features.
The Moto Z
The center of this system that is the backbone or nervous system as some of you may call it is the Moto Z smartphone. The smartphone comes in two variations The Moto Z standard version and The Moto Z Force. 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; a 13-megapixel camera with f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilization; fingerprint scanner; and 2600mAh battery. Moto is highlighting the fact that the phone is a scant 5.2mm thick without any Mod accessories attached and claims that it is the thinnest premium smartphone.
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The catch is that the device doesn’t have a standard USB jack so you’ll have to rely on Bluetooth or the included adapter to plug headphones into the USB-C port.
The Moto Z Force has many of the same features as the standard Z, but upgrades the camera to a 21-megapixel unit; the display to a shatterproof panel; and the battery to a 3,500mAh cell. As a result, the Force is thicker than the Z, at a more pedestrian 7mm.
THE MOTO MODS
What makes these smartphones completely unique are the MOTO MODs which come in the form of attachable accessories. The Moto Mods attach to the Z or Z Force via four magnets and communicate with the phone through a series of pins on the back of the device. The company is supplying a single Style Shell Mod with each phone.
Mods in various styles and capabilities will be available for separate purchase. The SoundBoost Mod, which was built in partnership with JBL, is a speaker that expands the output of the device with two three-watt drivers and adds an extra 1,000mAh of battery capacity. If you’re not interested in a speaker, but want longer battery life, the Power Pack Mod adds a 2,220mAh cell to the back of the phone and comes in three different styles from Incipio, Kate Spade, and Tumi. The Insta-Share Mod adds a pico projector to the phone and lets you broadcast your phone’s display up to 70 inches wide at 480p resolution.
The Moto Mods are integrated into the software of the device and can be monitored from the phone. Also, the MODs are hot-swappable and there is no need to reboot the device after changing a mod.
Moto’s take on the modular smartphone is far simpler and less ambitious than Google’s Project ARA and LG G5.
The success of MODS and Moto Z will hugely depend on the pricing which is yet to be revealed by Lenovo. We still don’t have the exact launch dates for the device and whether the device will ever see the Indian Soil or not.
All these questions remained unanswered and only time will tell the fate of the first modular smartphone by the newly renamed Moto.