Modular smartphones like newly released Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force are the next big things, which are different from LG’s 2016 flaghsip smartphone, the LG G5 – both in terms of design and functionality. While G5 is fully functional modular phone, where modules can be clipped on at the bottom. Now, Lenovo, at the Tech World 2016 in San Fransisco unveiled Moto Z and Moto Z Force, semi-modular smartphones with replaceable back covers called MotoMods.
Unlike LG G5, both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force doesn’t have a removable bottom part, instead the back covers act as modular. The MotoMods can be snapped on to the smartphone, using a 16 magnetic pins at the rear of the device. Imagining a smartphone that does not only look aesthetically appealing, but also transforms in to a new device each time you snap on the back cover. This is what and how Lenovo is offering with Moto Z.
Here’s how MotoMods turns Moto Z and Moto Z Force into a new device.
Everything you will know about the Motorola/Lenovo Moto Z and Moto Z Force specifications, price and features, and about MotoMods working in action.
First of all taking the Power Packs. The module looks sleek and can be snapped to the rear of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force to add an extra 2200mAh battery life. The Power Packs gives up to 22 hours of battery life. That’s almost double of what Moto Z’s built-in 2,600mAh unit offers. With that said, Motorola has partnered with Kate Spade New York, TUMI and Incipio to create fashionable designs for Power Packs.
Lenovo says the MotoMods are designed to work with future generations of Moto Z series, and launched what the company calls as Style Shells, which are simply back covers, but in a variety of materials. The Style Shells are available to purchase in real wood, leather, nylon or pick a patterned fabric of choice.
Lenovo and JBL have created a Mod to amplify the sound on those devices.
About JBL SoundBoost
Inside the Moto Z and Moto Z Force you will find JBL SoundBoost, that has two three-watt drivers, and a built-in 1000mAh battery. The Mod transforms the smartphone into a speaker. “Like an instant party maker with the JBL SoundBoost – it’s really, really loud,” says Motorola.
Moto Insta-Share Projector
This is a 70-inch movie projector, called Moto Insta-Share Projector. It can be used to either beam images or videos on to any surface, and is the most bulky of the three modules, and indeed comes with a slightly protruding unit. The Moto Insta-Share Projector is one also looks has a built-in speaker.
Moto Z features a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset. The modular has 4GB of RAM and will be available in 32/64GB storage option. The Moto Z sports a 13MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture lens and dual-LED flash. The rear camera also comes with laser autofocus and dual-LED flash. Secondary camera on its front is a 5MP one capable of recording 1080p videos.
The Moto Z and Z Force skips 3.5mm headphone jack and uses USB Type-C to 3.5mm adaptor for audio playback. While the Moto Z Force comes with a shatterproof display like Moto X Force, and also have the same on the Moto Z, and Force carries the same RAM memory and internal storage. But the Moto Z Force gets a 21MP rear camera and is backed by a mammoth 3500mAh battery.
The two new Moto Z and Moto Z Force along with the Mods start selling in the US in September. Lenovo has not announced any pricing on the device or its modules as yet.
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