While the device is notably thinner and lighter than any previous Moto X flagship, featuring a combination of aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, it features some powerful hardware.

On the outside, a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440 pixel) display has thin bezels that are surrounded by a body that looks like a combination of the new Moto G and last year's Moto X Pure Edition. Below the display, a square fingerprint sensor makes unlocking the phone much faster, the first on a Moto flagship (and the second after the new Moto G line); on top, a 5MP front-facing shooter with LED flash, something the company maintained from the Pure Edition, too.

Around back, Lenovo has kept with the industry trend by lowering the sensor size to 13MP from last year's 21MP shooter, along with a dual-LED flash in a module that pays homage to the "flat tire" of the Moto 360 smartwatch.

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Inside, a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM, along with 32GB of internal storage and room for expansion through microSD, keep things along a relatively sure path when it comes to 2016 flagships. However, Lenovo saw fit to update the phone's connector to USB Type-C, replete with Turbo Charging capabilities that boosts the 2,600mAh cell with eight hours of power in 15 minutes.

The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the requisite "soft" Moto skin, featuring namestays like Moto Display and Moto Voice.

Of course, the pièce de résistance of the Moto Z line is its modular future, with snap-in accessories called Moto Mods. From a speaker-battery combination to a pico projector, Moto Mods are ambitious and, in this market, perhaps foolhardy, but the feature is a natural extension of Lenovo's experimental legacy. More mods will come through partnerships with other brands, along with a pending Moto Mod Development Kit (MDK).

We'll have more on the Moto Z's pricing and availability as they become available.