Announced during Lenovo’s Tech World keynote, the Moto Z is the first flagship launch from Motorola after the company was purchased by Lenovo.
The Moto Z has a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440 pixel) display. Sitting below the display is a square fingerprint sensor. On top, a 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash. The rear camera rings in at 13MP along with a dual-LED flash.
Powering the Moto Z is a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM There’s 32GB of internal storage with additional storage available through microSD. Lenovo has also thrown in a USB Type-C connection, along with Turbo Charging that boosts the 2,600mAh cell with eight hours of power in 15 minutes. Noticeably absent however is a headphone jack.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force Video Review
Moto Z Specs
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force largely have the same specs. Size, weight and camera resolution are the only real differences. In this specs chart, we're listing the Moto Z first and the Z Force second in places where the specs diverge.
And note that the dimensions are without any of the Moto Mods attached — including the Style Shell, which is the sort of default back that you'll almost certainly be using.
- 5.5-inch AMOLED
- Quad HD (2560x1440)
- Moto Z Force has extra "ShatterShield" layer
- 13MP on Moto Z, 21MP on Z Force, ƒ/1.8 lens, OIS, laser AF
- 5MP front camera, ƒ/1.8 lens, with flash
- Moto Z: 2600 mAh with TurboPower 15 fast charger
- Moto Z Force: 3500 mAh with TurboPower 30 charger
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
- Quad-core 2.2GHz
- 4GB RAM
- 32 or 64GB internal storage
- microSD slot with adoptable storage
The most intriguing part of the Moto Z so far is the inclusion of “Moto Mods”, which are removable modules that attach to the back of the Moto Z and pass power and data over a set of 16 pogo pins near the bottom of the phone. These modules add additional camera features, projectors, speakers, extended batteries and more, similarly to the way LG has rolled out its “Friends” modules on the LG G5.
The first wave of Moto Mods includes:
- JBL SoundBoost Speaker — Like a BoomBox strapped to the back of your phone, this Mod includes a kickstand and its own battery to offer up to 10 hours of booming sound at significantly louder volumes than the phone's regular speaker. You can also use this Mod as a speakerphone, just in case you need whomever you are talking with to be nice and loud.
- Moto Insta-Share Projector — This is exactly what it sounds like: a pico projector you connect to the back of your Moto Z. With its integrated kickstand and built-in battery to give you an hour of extra projector power, you can prop your phone up in a dark room and get up to a 70-inch screen.
- Power Packs — These Moto Mods claim to offer an extra 22 hours of battery without compromising on the look and feel of your phone. They also come in TUMI and Kate Spade New York designs, which will probably look nicer than a battery backup in your pocket.
- Moto Style Shell — Magnetic snapbacks that add real wood, leather, and other unique personalizations to the back of your phone.
As Motorola is the exclusive partner to make Droid phones for Verizon, the companies have come together to make "Droid Editions" of the Moto Z. There's the Moto Z Droid Edition, which is simply the Moto Z with Droid branding and slightly different software, and then the exclusive Moto Z Force Droid Edition, which has a 3500 mAh battery and bigger 21MP camera. Externally, the phones simply sport some fresh colors and Droid branding, but other than that are identical to what will be sold internationally. That means they can all use the same Moto Mods.
Moto Z launch date and availability
The new Moto Z was announced at Lenovo’s Tech World conference, and is a Verizon exclusive at launch. The retail price rings in at a hefty $624 for the Moto Z, and $720 for the Moto Z Force.