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Lenovo announce 2 Moto Z devices with modular MotoMods intow

Moto Z Lifestyle

As expected, Lenovo has announced the latest Moto high-end Android phone: the Moto Z. The Moto Z comes in two variants the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force.

Whilst similar, there are a few subtle differences between them. The Moto Z Force includes Lenovo’s new ‘Shattershield’ screen technology that comes with a guarantee that the screen won’t shatter or crack, a larger battery 3500 mAh up from 2600 mAh, and a 21MP rear camera instead of the 15MP shooter on the base model.

The available specs on both models are below:

 Lenovo Moto ZLenovo Moto Z Force
Release dateJune 2016June 2016
Screen size5.5-inch5.5-inch
Screen technologyAMOLEDAMOLED
Resolution2,560 , 1,4402,560 , 1,440
PPI534534
Rear camera13MP21MP
Rear aperturef/1.8f/1.8
Front camera5MP5MP
Front aperturef/2.2f/2.2
ChipsetSnapdragon 820Snapdragon 820
Core config2.15 GHz x 2 + 1.6GHz x 22.15 GHz x 2 + 1.6GHz x 2
Ram4GB4GB
Storage32GB/ 64GB32GB/ 64GB
MicroSDYes, up to 2TBYes, up to 2TB
Battery2,600 mAh3,500 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB CUSB C
Headphone Port
Headphone LocationUSB C adapterUSB C adapter
Speaker ConfigurationLoudspeaker (ear piece)Loudspeaker (ear piece)
WIFI standards
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dual band
  • MIMO
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dual band
  • MIMO
Bluetooth standards
  • 4.1
  • LE
  • A2DP
  • 4.1
  • LE
  • A2DP
NFCYesYes
LocationA-GPSA-GPS
Android OSAndroid 6.0.1Android 6.0.1
Vendor skin
Dimensions153.3 x 75.3 x 5.19 mm155.9 x 75.8 x 6.99 mm
Weight136g163g
Colours
  • Black with grey trim
  • Black with Rose Gold trim
  • Gold
  • Black
  • Lunar Grey

For the eagled eyed amongst you, you may have spotted that Lenovo has dropped the headphone connector. All power, data and now Audio will be accessed via the single USB-C connector. During Dan’s initial hands-on time with the Moto Z, he has confirmed that the Moto Z line does not include a 3.5 mm headphone connection.

The Moto Z will come with a 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone port adapter included with the device. This is a bad move and one which I hope we won’t see repeated, but fear we will. The use case of listening to wired audio whilst charging is something may people do daily.

The phones are only half the story, however. With the Moto Z, Lenovo also introduced their first range of MotoMods, swappable backplates that allow users to customise the hardware of their device, to a point.

As expected, at launch the MotoMods include:

  • Instashare Projector
  • JBL Soundboost
  • Battery pack
  • Style Shells

The Mods snap onto the device magnetically and can be hot swapped using a specialised 16-pin connector without having to restart the device. During the demo, the JBL speaker mod was attached to the device and the audio playing seamlessly switched to the new speakers. The MotoMods are being advertised as compatible with future Moto Z phones, a good decision considering the potential costs of some of these mods.

The Style Shells come in a range of colours and finishes including real wood, leather and patterned fabric. All of the mods announced today will be available at launch.

Moto Mods will be coming from a variety of partners, including fashion designer Vivienne Tam who will create a Mod collection for release at her fashion show at the New York Fashion show in September this year. Other partners also on board include Incipio and Tumi for other cases and mods.

The Moto Z will launch Globally in September however, the Moto Z Force is currently exclusive to the US market. With Dan Tyson live on the ground at Lenovo World Conference 2016, we will be bringing you all the details as they come to light.

How is the New Moto Z line and MotoMods looking to you? Let us know below.

 
Source: Moto.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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8 Comments on "Lenovo announce 2 Moto Z devices with modular MotoMods intow"

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Apn
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Fortunately i didnt buy Moto X force from India, now will wait to see whether Z force launches here.Hope voda or telstra or kogan bring it..please bring itttt

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5sNo11

They didn’t launch Moto X Force in Australia and now Moto Z Force looks like it will follow the same path… When am I ever going to get a new phone that I actually want… 🙁

Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Really liked the sound of this until… No headphone jack
… And then the Force only available in the US.

craigo
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I just bought a Jabra Play Bluetooth Headset which comes with detachable headphones. Threw out their crappy headphones, and plugged mine in. Now have a 3.5mm headphone jack via Bluetooth. I actually find it easier, as I leave it connected to my headphones, so instead of plugging in my headphones, I just press a button and I’m good to go.

Wish it had better battery life though, get about 6 hours of music before needing a recharge.

I haven’t been able to find any alternative to the Jabra. Anyone know of any other choices?

craigo
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Was Googling the wrong thing. Googled “bluetooth headphone jack receiver” and found them.

Chris
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Moto Z soubds pretty good. Lack of headphone jack isn’t a killer, as I use wireless headphones most of the time anyway. Only wired ones I use are Bose noise cancelling ones, and with the new QC35, those can be wireless too..

Will Dutton
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Will Dutton

yeah, headphone jack doesnt bother me at all tbh. I love the idea of never having to worry about my screen cracking but in a phone that looks like an ordinary phone. Clipping an extra battery or speakers on would be neat

Jamie S
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Jamie S

Yuk, no 3.5mm headphone jack. They can keep it.

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