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A Closer Look At Moto’s Mods

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Today Motorola Philippines officially launched a slew of phones in the Philippines, including their flagship Moto Z and the slighty more affordable Moto Z Play. Both phones promise modularity of sorts via Moto Mods, additional modules that snap on to the rear of the phones that give them enhanced capabilities. Motorola launched quite a number of these mods during the event, so we’re going to quickly discuss each one in this article.

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The Incipio offGRID power pack is the most straight-forward of the bunch, giving the Moto Z and the Moto Z Play an extra an extra 2220mAh of battery, at the expense of added bulk.

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It’s not too bad with the Moto Z, but the already chunky Moto Z Play gets extra chunky with the power pack attached to the back. Your phone continuously charges when it’s attached to the rear. It charges when you charge the phone via the USB Type-C port.

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The Moto Insta-Share projector is pretty much self-explanatory. It’s a self-contained pocket projector that’s capable of displaying images up to 70-inches on any surface. But since it’s a tiny projector, there are caveats – you’ll need a pretty dark room to project an image that large.

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It’s also quite bulky, bulkier than the Incipio case, since it has to fit the projector innards as well as a tiny fan to keep everything nice and cool, as well as an extra battery so it doesn’t drain your phone. This particular mod charges via a USB Type-C port on the side.

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Motorola also has the JBL Soundboost speaker mod for music lovers, which essentially straps a large speaker to the rear of either the Moto Z and the Moto Z Play for sharing tunes with your friends. The Soundboost has an integrated battery that provides 10 hours of music on a single charge, as well as an integrated kickstand to keep everything in place.

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The most intriguing mod in the bunch is the Hassleblad True Zoom. It’s essentially digital camera that replaces either the 13-megapixel camera of the Moto Z and the 16-megapixel camera of the Moto Z Play with a 12-megapixel 1/2.3” inch sensor that’s capable of 10x optical zoom. The camera has a 3.5-6.5 aperture, and also comes with a real Xenon flash as well as a handgrip, manual focus and shutter buttons for better shooting ergonomics.

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If you’re simply looking to protect your Moto Z or Moto Z Play’s metal and glass back, you can opt to just snap in Moto Style Shells, essentially different covers that give your phone a look of its own. There’s a bunch available at launch, which includes finishes like leather, fabric and faux wood.

Here’s the prices for Moto Mods:

  • Moto Style Shell Herringbone Nylon Php 699
  • Moto Style Shell Crimson Nylon 699
  • Moto Style Shell Black Leather 999
  • Incipio offGRID Power Pack 4,999
  • JBL Soundboost Speaker Mod Php 5,499
  • Hasselblad True Zoom 14,099
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector Php 14,999

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

4 Comments

  1. Grabe mahal nung power pack kapresyo ng isa pang phone kala ko around 2 or 3k lang mahal p nga rin ung expectation ko ee

  2. Instashare Projector is a, here’s the surprise… PROJECTOR! No one is expecting it to be thin. We’re expecting it to work. You snap it on, place the phone on a table, watch a movie or wherever. Finish, take the projector of, thin phone again!

  3. Lol at the pricing of Moto Style shells.
    I bought Moto Z from Expansys (they ship in PH from HK) for 28k pesos which includes the bumper case + Moto Style shell (nylon). But anyway, good job Lenovo for bringing Moto back to the Philippines!

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