Here at Ausdroid we love the Moto Mods for what they are: innovative additions that can enhance the user experience is specific situations. Motorola are betting big on their Moto Mods, promising a minimum of twelve new ones per year.
At a special event aboard Jackie Chan’s plane in China (of all places), Motorola have unveiled a selection of this year’s upcoming Moto Mods as well as the Moto Z 2018. On the trip from Beijing to Shanghai, Mr Gao Feng, Director of Product Planning of Lenovo’s mobile business, chatted with journalists about the Moto Z 2018 modular phone and the new Mods (and some older ones) they would be bringing to the market in 2018.
Alongside the battery mod, the gamepad mod, the projection mod, the wireless charging mod and the Hasselblad camera mod Motorola unveiled several new mods:
- ZEISS Optics Camera Mod
- Mod with rotatable camera for front and rear use
- LEGO Mod (Custom Programmable Brick)
- Flat Panel Display Mod
- Keyboard Mod with a slot for the phone
There were a few others presented by third-party guests including an eyeglasses module that turns 3D into 2D and a security module for identity recognition.
The Moto Z 2018 looks to be very similar to the Moto Z2 Force which we did not see Downunder. Is will have a 2K display with their Plastic OLED along with 128GB of onboard storage and 6GB of RAM. It will also have a micro-SD slot that can handle microSD cards up to 2TB. It is powered by last years Snapdragon 835 with a battery of 2730mAh, charged via the USB 3.1 Type-C port.
The cameras will have aperture size of f/2.0 and f/2.2, far from impressive and will be a tick over 6mm thick. At this stage it is only running Android 7.1 with hopefully Motorola’s very minimal skin on top of it although there is a suggestion they have an all new UI for it (I am dreading it already).
It is great to see Motorola continue to push these mods as I think they do have a place in the Android world. Hopefully they bring their flagship along with all the Mods here this year for us to check out.