Moto Z and Moto Z Force, which recently went on sale, are the latest flaghip smartphones from Motorola, a division of Lenovo. The Z costs $624 and the Z Force is $720.
Both phones have a fingerprint sensor on the front (however, it doesn’t act as a home button), 2560x1440px 5.5-inch AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel front camera, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. Phones have different rear cameras – the Z offers a 13-megapixel sensor, while the Z Force a 21-megapixel one + phase detection autofocus. Although both have optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, bright f/1.8 aperture, and capture pixels at the same size (1.12um).
Moto Z is very thin at just 5.19mm, and weighs 136g. Moto Z Force is thicker – 6.99mm, and heavier – 163g. The only port the phones have is the USB Type-C port on the bottom – very uncomfortable to use if you need to charge the phone and use the adapter cable for headphone jack at the same time.
The Moto Z Force has a bigger battery – 3500 mAh compared to the Moto Z’s 2600 mAh.
Along with the new smartphones Motorolla presented a line of hot swappable “modular” accessories called Moto Mods. They are attached to the back of the phone with strong magnets and 16 small gold pins (i-BLADES Smartcase has similar concept). Only one Moto Mod can be attached to the phone at the same time. At this time only three Mods available.
The Power Pack battery Mod (for $60) provides 2200mAh of extra power and provides up to 22 hours of battery life. It adds 6.2mm of thickness. Weight increases significantly, either +79g for the standard Power Pack version or +85g for the wireless charging version.
Once JBL SoundBoost speaker Mod (for $80) is attached to the back of your phone, you get two big stereo speakers of 27mm in diameter, powered by up to 3W each. This Mod includes a 1000mAh built-in battery and about doubles the size and weight of the phone (+13mm of thickness and +145g of weight).
Insta-Share Projector (for $300) is the most expensive Mod. The projector has a resolution of 480p (480×854), 16:9 aspect ratio, and brightnes of 50 lumens. The Mod has a 1100mAh built-in battery, and adds 11mm of thickness and 125g of weight.
If you don’t want to use Moto Mods, but you need to cover the back of the phone, you can choose one of a few decorative plates called Style Shells. The Style Shells start at $19.99 and come in several colors and materials that customize the look and the feel of the new smartphone, including real wood and fabric for $19.99 and leather for $24.99.