Motorola has joined the flagship race with not one but two handsets – Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
Both the devices are largely the same except that the Force variant comes with a bigger battery and a shatter proof display. To begin with, the biggest USP of the device as per Motorola is its super slim build. At 5.2mm, the company claims the new Moto Z to be the slimmest in the premium smartphone category.
The rear camera bump is a bit too pronounced, something that is apparently left out when harping on the mobile’s super-thin credentials. The new Moto Z also boasts of being the first from Motorola to come with the USB-C port, which replaces the 35mm headphone jack.
A modular design approach is another key characteristic of the new Moto Z. It should also explain the presence of the metal pins at the rear, as that is where the external add-on pieces called Moto Mods get attached to the handset. To make things clear, the Moto Z is complete in its right though the Moto Mods allows the handset to take up an added specialized role with the adoption of each accessory.
For instance, there is the SoundBoost that has been built in collaboration with JBL and offers bigger speakers. Similarly, there is also the Moto Insta-Share Projector that makes the Moto X turn into a 70-inch projector and comes with its battery and kickstand. More such mods are coming soon, ranging from a laptop dock, virtual keyboard and so on.
The comparison might be drawn with the LG G5 that too follows a somewhat similar modular design philosophy. However, the distinct advantage with the Moto X is that unlike G5, there is no need to swap out the battery each time a new accessory needs to fit.
From the inside, Moto Z hides flagship stuff all the way. That includes the now ubiquitous Snapdragon 820 chip coupled with a 4 GB RAM and 32/64 GB of ROM. There is also a microSD card slot further to add a massive 2 TB of storage. It comes with a 5.5-inch 1440p Quad HD display while sitting beneath it is the physical home button underneath which lies a fingerprint sensor. Battery rating comes at 2600mAh while there is also TurboPower charging that allows for enough charge to be accumulated in just 15 minutes to support 8 hours of operations.
The Moto Z Force comes with a bigger 3500mAh battery which again can provide for 15 hours of usage with just 15 minutes of charging via TurboPower. Another unique quality of the Moto Z Force is its 21-megapixel camera with OIS, phase detection autofocus, and laser auto focus. Further, the Moto Z Force also comes with a shatterproof display that allows for some rough usage.
The Moto Z offers a 13-megapixel cam at the rear, complete with OIS and laser autofocus. Similarly, there is also the 5-megaipxel camera at the front of a wide angle lens as well as a flash.
Availability starts around summer in the US where both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will go on sale as Droids versions as per the company’s deal with Verizon. A sim-free version of the same will also go on sale though at a later date.