Lenovo’s new Moto Z and Moto Z Force are the best test yet of whether a “modular” approach to smartphones can truly reinvent what these devices can be, beyond slabs of internet-connected glass. And having that “Droid” brand attached to these particular Android phones, which let you attach and switch between snap-on components called Moto Mods, feels very appropriate to that robotic heritage. You can slap on a speaker, a battery pack, or even a projector. Below are the collection of Moto Mods you can slap on your Moto phone:
- Moto – Insta-Share Projector – $299.99
- Hasselblad – True Zoom – $299.99
- JBL – Soundboost | Speaker – $79.99
- Incipio – offGRID™ Power Pack Starting at $59.99
- Moto – Style Shell Starting at $19.99
There are some very cool ideas here. The Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are here now, though they don’t come cheap: the Z costs $624 and the Force is $720. The Moto Z is incredibly thin — the thinnest premium smartphone ever made, according to Lenovo. It’s 5.19 millimeters (0.2 inches) deep, barely thicker than the USB-C port at the bottom and remarkably light in hand. It’s got a display that won’t crack or shatter no matter how many times you drop it, and a much bigger battery (3,500mAh) than the regular Z (2,600mAh). The look of these Moto phones is fresh and stands out from the competition, mostly owing to the massive camera bump on back and the collection of 16 gold pins at the bottom that allow the Moto Mods system to work.
The new ShatterShield display is guaranteed against cracking for four years, which is longer than most people are likely to own this phone. Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage, plus a microSD slot. One big difference between the Moto Z and Z Force is the camera. The Z has a 13-megapixel sensor, and the Force ups that to 21 megapixels. That big camera bump is there for more than one reason, though. It’s an easy visual alignment point for the Moto Mods that are meant to be the Moto Z’s biggest selling point.
At launch, you’ve got several to choose from: there are style covers that change the look and texture of the phone. Whenever you put one of these on, the back of the Moto Z becomes completely uniform; no more camera bump.