It’s been a busy week for Lenovo and Motorola, with all of it culminating in the 2016 Lenovo Tech World event. A sort of smorgasbord of different concepts – such as foldable smartphones – Motorola wasn’t short of their fair share of exciting technology. The new Moto Z and Moto Z Force follow in the footsteps of the Moto X brand, but bring something new to the table in the form of Moto Mods. These are sort of add-ons cases that add extra functionality to the phone, including batteries, speakers and even an add-on projector. We were at Tech World this year, and we got to spend some quality time with the new Moto Z.
On the inside is the same Snapdragon 820 you’ll find in flagships such as the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, but elsewhere they changed the overall design of the device. It’s smaller than last year’s Moto X Pure, with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, and it’s a lot thinner as well coming in at just 5.19mm thick, that makes it one of the thinnest devices on the market. Of course, this doesn’t include the camera bump which houses the 13-megapixel camera on the back, and Moto Mods will definitely add some extra bulk to the overall package. We were shown a demo of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force in the flesh, and they certainly look a lot different to previous Motorola devices. There’s a more digital and more modern look and feel at work here, and while that might turn some people off, there are more users out there that have been waiting for a new look.
Other interesting things to note about the Moto Z aside from the modular aspect is that there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack available on the Moto Z, as all of the audio comes through the new USB Type-C port, although an adapter is included in the box, which is nice to hear. We’ll have more on the Moto Z as well as the Moto Z Force later, but those looking to get their hands on the new hardware will no doubt need to get it on Verizon before the end of the Summer as they called dibs until the Fall.
We were also shown a demo of one of the new Moto Mods, namely the JBL SoundBoost speaker. As simple examples of what the Moto Mods are capable of, this does a good job of showing users what a Moto Z phone can become in just a snap.