The Country Caller takes a look at the release of Motorola’s latest revolutionary flagship devices
Lenovo-backed Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) released the company’s latest flagship smartphones today at the Lenovo TechWorld in the form of Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The new devices replace Moto X Play and Moto X Style smartphones that were released last year.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force, are completely different devices than their predecessors in terms of design and functionality. Both are very similar in terms of hardware as they are powered by the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM. Both devices are also available in two storage variants of 32GB and 64GB, with the ability to expand storage via a MicroSD card slot.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force are the devices by Motorola that sport AMOLED displays, rather than the IPS LCD display found on the previous generation Moto X. Both devices have a 5.5-inch display with 2560 x 1440 QHD screen resolution, and house a fingerprint scanner on the front. They are also equipped with Motorola’s TurboPower fast charging technology.
The new devices are constructed with an aluminum chassis and are covered with glass from edge-to-edge. The Moto Z is protected with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass, whereas the Moto Z Force uses the second generation Shatter Shield Technologythat protects the screen from shattering or cracking when dropped.
Motorola’s both latest phones come equipped with front-facing 5MP cameras and a dedicated front-facing flash. The Moto Z houses a 13MP rear camera with laser assisted auto focus and OIS which helps in taking pictures in low-light conditions. The Moto Z Force comes with a much powerful 21MP rear camera that comes with phase detect auto focus, laser auto focus, and OIS for stunning pictures.
Motorola has also opted to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on both devices, and there is only one USB-C port that will be utilized for charging and audio output. Both devices are also extremely thin; Moto Z measures only 5.19mm in thickness, while the Moto Z force comes in at 7mm. The former comes with 2600 mAh battery, whereas the latter comes equipped with 3500 mAh battery.
The most interesting feature of the new devices is the addition of the new modular accessories, called MotoMods. The said modular accessories snap on the back of the phone using strong magnets, and only need to be setup only once after they are installed. There are a variety of different Mods, such as a JBL SoundBoost speaker, Moto Insta-Share Projector, and an additional 1000 mAh battery. The devices do not need to be restarted after installing modular accessories, unlike LG’s G5.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be available in the US later this summer and will be sold exclusively through Verizon. Their prices have not been provided yet.