Last round we heard that the new Moto Z flagship was making its way to Canada in September via Bell at a price of about $900 on a no-contract. A steep price to be sure, our source found an ad from Bell, showing it will arrive on October 5th for a two-year price of $399.99. A far cry from $900 CAD and most people keep their flagship smartphone two years – especially when it costs $400.
This new Moto Z line is the first smartphone totally under the tutelage of Lenovo, and so far, we like what we see as we have had them in-house and did a through testing. The prices are certainly higher than we have come to expect from a Moto brand, but the specs are also higher than we are used to. Motorola always had a good build quality, but when it came to the camera area, Moto did not seem that interested – great radios, but poor cameras. All of that is gone now that the new lines of Moto Zs have arrived. The standard Moto Z coming on October 5th skimps a little on the camera area compared to the Moto Z Force, which is exclusive to Verizon as part of its Droid series. The Moto Z sports a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP front-facing camera (FFC) whereas the Moto Z Force bumps it up to a 21MP shooter.
The Moto Z sports a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display. That is a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 535 pixels-per-inch (PPI.) You are getting one of the best processors on the market with its 64-bit Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor packing 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 32GB of UFS 2.0 memory with means to expand via a microSD card. The main camera is 13MP with a f/2.2 aperture, dual-tone flash, laser autofocus, and OIS. A 2600mAh non-removable battery provides the power. It measures 153. x 75.3 x 5.2mm and weighs in at just 136 grams. Because the device is so thin, there is no 3.5mm earphone jack. Moto supplies you with an adapter that plugs into your Type-C port and then provides a plug for your earphones. The new Moto Mods will also be a nice addition to the Moto Z, as there will be four available in the region which includes the Insta-Share Projector, the Hasselblad True Zoom camera, the Incipio Power Pack, and the JBL SoundBoost speaker, which will be set at prices of $400, $100, $90, and $100 respectively.