It has been an interesting year or two for Motorola as a company. After being sold off by Google and picked up by Lenovo, the company has now re-branded its main flagship line of smartphones. While this is something that had been rumored over the last few weeks, Motorola has today during Lenovo Tech World finally confirmed the transition. As a result, the latest handset to be announced by the company and the successor to the widely popular Moto X is the 2016 Moto Z.
In terms of the base specs, the Moto Z is now confirmed to come sporting a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. Inside, the Moto Z comes equipped with 4GB RAM and is powered by the latest flagship Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 820. In terms of storage, the Moto Z will be available in 32GB and 64GB internal storage options and does include a microSD card slot for further expansion when needed (up to 2TB). While on the camera side of things, the Moto Z comes touting a 13-megapixel rear camera which comes with the usual features like laser autofocus and optical image stabilization (OIS) as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing option. A 2,600 mAh battery is what powers the Moto Z and it will make use of fast charging capabilities. The handset comes running on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box.
One of the additional features that Motorola has been keen to promote today is the Moto Z’s modular design. Like the LG G5 the modular nature on offer will be more of an add-on approach in contrast to the true modulation you might find with Project Ara. However, unlike the LG G5, the Moto Z makes use of back covers which are interchangeable and by changing, the user is able to include a variety of different modular aspects. Like for instance, improved camera abilities. These mods are now confirmed to be ‘Moto Mods’ and will be sold alongside the Moto Z as accessories. In terms of pricing and availability, Motorola has confirmed that the Moto Z will be available in the U.S. as an unlocked model from Motorola and various retailers during the summer and globally from September. Unfortunately, price has not been revealed as of yet. Of course, being a Moto device, the Moto Z will be able to be highly customized using Moto Maker and as to be expected, the price will be highly dependent on the customization chosen.