Hands On: Motorola Moto Z

Earlier today, during Lenovo Tech World 2016, Motorola took to the stage to announce their latest and greatest. While we've been accustomed to the Moto X ever since the firm returned to the mobile game in a big way under Google's ownership, we're now saying hello to the Moto Z. A new device from Motorola that has similar DNA and features, but also offers a world of extras in the form of Moto Mods, the Moto Z is a sort of new beginning for the Moto line of smartphones and devices. While last year's Moto X Pure was a sort of larger - some would argue too large - Moto X from 2014, this year's Moto Z has a new design language. We're at Lenovo Tech World in San Francisco and we've been able to get our hands on one to take a closer look.

The Moto Z features a Snapdragon 820 CPU under-the-hood, alongside a raft of other specifications, as well as 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch Quad HD display. That 5.5-inch display, coupled with thinner bezels makes the Moto Z a much thinner and more manageable device in the hand. We got to spend some quality time with the white version of the Moto Z, and as with previous models it does appear to have quite a lot going on in terms of sensors and such on the front panel. On the back however, things don't get much better as  the camera bump where the 13-megapixel camera resides as well as the pins for the Moto Mods do seem to make a mess of things. Of course, if you end up buying and using one of these Moto Mods as Lenovo is certainly hoping will then you won't notice this at all.

Moto Maker makes a return this year as well, and while we don't have any images of the Moto Z in different materials, we have some shots of a Moto Z Droid Edition down below. With both of them being the same phone - give or take - then this should give users an idea of how the Moto Z will look once customized directly from Motorola.

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