Lenovo Moto Z and Moto Z Force Goes Official with Moto Mods Modular Backplates

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Yeah, it’s the Lenovo that took the center stage to unveil the Motorola made products. That’s going to be the norm going forward? Maybe! However, the devices that went official today were the Lenovo’s flagship devices and they are truly innovative. Out of three devices launched today, Lenovo Moto Z and Moto Z Force, which carries a 16-pins on the rear for modular backplates.

During Lenovo’s Tech World keynote, the company has announced some killer devices with the upcoming innovative technologies. Modular smartphones are the future that can bring down the e-waste. LG has already done it with this year’s flagship device LG and Google has announced their modular smartphone to reach the consumer market by early 2017. But Lenovo has Motorola with them who once led the modular department with Google before they got sold.

Lenovo Moto Z – A Flagship Modular Smartphone!

Lenovo has picked the high-end hardware that could match with any other flagship device of 2016 till now. The Moto Z flaunts a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixel) AMOLED display has thin bezels protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. It runs on a latest Snapdragon™ 820 processor with 2.2 GHz Quad-core by Qualcomm, Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The phone comes in 32GB and 64GB storage options with expandable memory up to 2TB.


It packs a 13MP rear camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Laser Autofocus. There is a 5MP front-facing camera with a ƒ/2.2 aperture with a flash for better video calls and selfies. Under-the-hood, there is a smaller 2600mAh battery with the company’s proprietary turbocharging technology that can charge up to 8 hours of power in 15 minutes. The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the requisite “soft” Moto skin.

In terms of the design, the Lenovo Moto Z features a combination of aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel metal unibody design. It has a water repellent nano-coating. It features a 5.2mm thickness and weighs just 136 grams. That’s light as a feather and a thinnest flagship device.


Surprisingly, the device doesn’t feature a 3.5mm jack for the headphone as it carries a thin body. There will a Type-C to 3.5mm headphone port adapter included in the box. There are NFC and the fingerprint scanner on the front.

Lenovo Moto Z Force – With a Shatterproof Display!

The second phone that got released alongside Moto Z is the Moto Z Force. While it carries design and some of the specifications similar to the latter, it features some powerful hardware. Talking about it, the display is protected by ShatterShield that can withstand accidental display damages. The rear camera is bumped up to 21MP.


It has a better 3500mAh battery with TurboPower charging technology that can charge the phone up to 15 hours of power in 15 minutes. Rest remains similar to Moto Z.

Moto Mods – Modular Backplates

Just like LG G5, Lenovo has taken similar steps to bring the semi-modular feature to its flagship devices. Called as Moto Mods, the Moto Z and Z Force can be expanded as modular smartphone via connectible backplates. It works just by plugging and without restarting the device. There are currently 4 Moto Mods available for these devices and they are,

  • JBL SoundBoost Speaker: This can provide a high-quality JBL stereo speaker with built-in kickstand and extra battery pack that can run up to 10 hours
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector: This can convert the phone to 70” projector
  • Incipio offGRID™ Power Pack: an Additional battery pack that can add 22 hours of additional usage time. Comes with wireless charging option
  • Moto Style Shell: A simple swappable backplate without any features like above.



However, the company has also announced a Moto Mods developer program wherein anybody can build the mods for Moto Z and Z Force. The Moto Mods Developer kit will be made available in Q4, 2016.

Pricing and Availability

While the pricing of both the devices and Moto mods are yet to be disclosed, they will be made available to Verizon users in US first as Moto Z Droids. It will be launched in the global markets post-September 2016 alongside Moto mods. Can the Moto Z take on LG G5 in modular space? Personally, I can say it will due to better design and tech implementation. How about you?




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