Lenovo is slated to announce the Moto Z soon. We've already seen a good number of leaks about the device, and mostly know what to expect when Lenovo's Tech World event kicks off on June 9th. However, the big question on everyone's mind is always, "Should I upgrade to the Moto Z?" And that's a question we're going to try and answer today, by giving you ten reasons why you should upgrade to Lenovo's Moto Z.
While LG does have a modular smartphone in the LG G5, the Moto Z is slated to be even more modular. Instead of the bottom coming off to be replaced with different modules, Lenovo has opted to have modules connect to the back of the device. We've already seen a Pico Projector module as well as a Hasselblad Camera module and one with JBL Speakers. Of course, there will be more coming as well. Modules are a great way to bring more features to your smartphone and cater it more to your liking.
Moto Maker hasn't actually been rumored for the Moto Z this time around, but we are expecting it to continue to be an important part in buying Motorola devices – especially since the Moto G4 family is going to be available through Moto Maker. This service allows you to customize your device before you buy it. Choosing what back plate color you want, what storage and RAM configuration you want and much more. With MotoMods being a big deal this time around, it wouldn't be surprising to see them available through Moto Maker as well.
Last year, Motorola stepped up with the Pure Edition of the Moto X. Allowing it to be compatible with all four major US carriers. That's something we expect to continue this time around with the Moto Z. Being able to buy one device, and have it work seamlessly on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile is a pretty big deal.
Moto Build Quality
Motorola, which is now just "Moto", has always been known for their build quality. While their smartphones haven't always looked all that great, they have been durable and somewhat rugged. That's another thing we expect to continue, especially if the rumors and leaks turn out to be true. The Moto Z will definitely be a well-built smartphone, and one that can take a beating, if need be.
While this isn't confirmed, we have seen on the Moto G4 announced last month, that Lenovo is sticking with Motorola's software design. Which is stock Android. Motorola uses stock Android with a few tweaks or customizations on top. Just how it should be. So if you like stock Android and fairly quick updates, then the Moto Z is definitely going to be something you'll want to pick up, or at least take a good look at. We'll likely see some features rebranded though, like Moto Display, Moto Voice, Moto Assist and Moto Actions.
Again, we don't know much about the price here. But if we look at Motorola's history with the Moto X, the Moto Z will likely be pretty competitive, at least price wise. The Moto X Pure Edition or Moto X Style went for $399 last year. We'd expect something along those lines again this year. Making the Moto Z a good competitor against the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and even the HTC 10.
Moto really came back to life last year, in terms of the camera on the Moto X. While it still wasn't the best camera available, it was much improved and actually usable. Rumors on the Moto Z are pointing to a 13-megapixel sensor on the back, that is something that would seem like a downgrade to many people. Coming from a 21-megapixel sensor in last year's model. However, it's important to note that these megapixels are likely larger, like the camera found on the HTC 10, Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy S7. Motorola is also throwing in optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. However its brother, the Moto Z Play, is expected to have a 16-megapixel sensor along with phase detection and laser-assisted autofocus.
Now this is a reason to buy the lower-specced Moto Z Play over its brother the Moto Z Style, but battery life is going to be stellar on both devices. The Moto Z Play has a larger battery at 3500mAh, versus the 2600mAh battery in the Moto Z Style (codenamed Vertex and Vector Thin, respectively). Motorola has always done somewhat well with battery life, and has done some fantastic optimization to allow customers to get the most out of their battery.
It appears that many smartphones are starting to see their displays get smaller. After they continued to get larger and larger. The Moto X Style featured a 5.7-inch display last year. Now this year we're looking at a 5.5-inch display on both variants of the Moto Z. For those that prefer a slightly smaller display, or smaller smartphone in general, this is definitely good news. And the fact that the Moto X Style last year was still smaller than most 5.5-inch devices means that the 5.5-inch display is going to feel nice and small.
We've heard over and over again that USB Type-C is the future. There's nothing wrong with that, because it is the future. And it looks like we'll have another pair of smartphones to add to the list of devices that support USB Type-C. As both Moto Z variants are set to feature USB Type-C. This will mean that you'll probably need to buy new cables to charge your devices though.