Wait… what happened to the Moto X? It is dead, I guess.
Lenovo is rebuilding the Motorola brand with some interesting new devices. First, the Moto G4 introduced significantly better specs and a good camera on a budget. Now, Lenovo is showing us the 2016 Moto flagship: the Moto Z. Yes, it’s not X, because it is a fresh build from the ground up.
Spec wise, the Moto Z is flagship in every way. Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, 5.5” Quad-HD AMOLED display, 32 or 64 GB variants with expandable storage via micro-SD, 2,600 mAh battery, a 13 MP ƒ/1.8 camera and a stunningly slim 5.2 mm thick design. There is also the ‘Moto Z Force’ which, while thicker at 7mm, packs a 21 MP camera, shatterproof front glass and a huge 3,500 mAh battery. The interesting thing is that both these phones only feature one USB-C port, and there is no headphone jack.
Before you reject this phone because of the lack of a headphone jack, read ahead. USB-C is the future of all ports, and that definitely includes the dated 3.5 mm jack. It is true that most headphones today are powered by a 3.5mm jack, but there are also a lot that use Bluetooth. In the coming years, don’t be surprised to see headphones that plug into USB-C or Apple’s Lightning port. There are various advantages of using a USB-C port; most notably, the digital audio output is significantly better via a USB-C port. Moreover, such headphones can contain amplifiers and equalisers that can tune the audio further to your liking. Conclusively speaking, the upgrade to USB-C is an upgrade in audio quality and also an allowance for a slimmer phone design. (Watch this video by Lewis from Unbox Therapy for a great example.)
The Moto Z has one big selling point - it is semi-modular. If you aren’t aware of what modular phones are, you should read it up here. With ‘Moto Mods’, the Moto Z can be further customised with accessories like a JBL Speaker and a 70-inch 480p projector. These mods simply snap into place on the back of the Moto Z using powerful magnets and do not require any setup to be used. The magnetic connectors at the back of the phone automatically start transferring data when the mod is attached. For example, all you need to do is place the SoundBoost Mod on the back of the phone and your music will play via it instantly. There are also Style Shell Mods that add extra appeal to the phone and come in various finishes, including wood and leather.
Lenovo is opening up Moto Mods to developers so that they can make their own accessories for the phone. They can then sell mods on the Moto Mods store. In fact, Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group has placed a $1,000,000 opportunity to win to the individual/company that makes the best mod by March 31st, 2017. We can only hope that this doesn’t fail as bad as the LG G5 mods did.
With flagship specs and stunning design, both the Moto Z and Z Force are phones worth purchasing. Then the problem starts - both these phones are currently only available on Verizon under the Droid name tag. Gosh, Lenovo, you screwed it up.
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Source: The Verge
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