Motorola’s Moto Z And Moto Z Force Tries Modularity For A Change

Moto Z Force Droid Edition product photography

We’ve been waiting for a major announcement from Motorola for a while now, and here it is, finally. The Moto Z is the brand’s newest flagship device, sporting a razor thin profile with high-end specs. How thin? Well, how does 5.19mm grab you? The new phone comes packing some neat tricks as well that may be a little familiar to people who’ve seen the LG G5 in action.

Yes, the Moto Z (and its bigger sibling the Moto Z Force) can take add-ons on the back that increase their functionality. But unlike the G5 that requires you to take out the chin of the phone, the accessories snap on the rear of the phone via magnets, and Motorola promises you can use the same accessories (dubbed Moto Mods) on next year’s phones.



Accessories include a pico projector, speakers from JBL as well as battery packs from Incipio, Tumi and Kate Spade.

To get such a thin profile, Motorola had to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack – a controversial decision for sure, since now you’ll have to utilize the USB Type-C port on the bottom if you want to plug in your cans. Other hardware include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 5.5-inch QHD display and a 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture lens with OIS and laser AF.

The Moto Z Force is the Moto Z’s tougher sibling, and while it may be a little thicker at 6.9mm, it’s more durable thanks to its Shattershield Technology, allowing it to resist bumps and scratches better than Corning’s Gorilla Glass. It also has a bigger battery – 3,500mAh over the 2,600mAh battery on the plain old Moto Z.

Unfortunately there’s no plan to sell the Moto Z Force outside of the US, though the Moto Z is slated to hit international markets come September.

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.

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