The idea of modular smartphones took off this year, with both LG and Motorola being two of the main contenders dabbling with the concept. Several months ago LG presented the LG G5 with an interesting, but arguably inconvenient modular design, and more recently Motorola confidently joined the modular smartphone market with the new Moto Z series, which comes with interchangeable back panels / modules (or Moto Mods) that attach to the smartphone through magnetic connectors, and thus facilitating ease of use. The Moto Z series’ modular design not only allows for a variety of module types to expand the phone’s functionality but also permits Moto Z owners to easily customize their smartphones with interchangeable back covers called Moto Style Shells. At the moment the Style Shells are offered in six varieties, but apparently, Motorola will expand the range of Style Shells to encompass more materials and designs, as seen in the leaked image below.
At the moment, fans of the Motorola Moto Z and its modular design can choose from six Style Shell designs (Crimson Ballistic Nylon, Herringbone Nylon, Silver Oak, Washed Oak, Black Leather, and Charcoal Ash) available in three materials, namely Fabric, Leather, and Wood. These Style Shells can be easily attached to the smartphone’s back panel through the same magnetic connector used for all the other hot-swappable modules, and thus they allow users to switch to a different exterior design for their smartphones in just a few simple steps, without having to worry about turning off the phone or removing the battery. The good news is that, as expected, Motorola seems to be working on expanding the range of available Style Shells, and offer more designs for Moto Z owners who want to keep things fresh, or find the perfect look to define them. Judging by a recently leaked image passed along by TechDroider, Motorola will eventually release at least six new Style Shell designs with new textures of wood, cork, and even two variations of marble. According to the source, these new Moto Style Shells will be available through the Moto Maker Website “very soon”, but no concrete launch dates have been revealed.
Assuming that Motorola will indeed add these leaked Style Shells to its portfolio, Moto Z prospective buyers will eventually have at least twelve design variations to pick from. For smartphone owners who like to keep things fresh, the wide range of customization options alone might make the modular design worth their time.