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  • Display : 5.5 inches, AMOLED
  • Max OS : Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Storage : 64 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Plastic, Metal
  • Cameras : Rear: 13 MP, Front: 5 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 6.04, 2.96, 0.2 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

Motorola knows how to make phones. It’s proven that time and time again. In fact, their recent Moto X trio (Moto X Play, Moto X Style and Moto X Force) have been some of the most loved Android devices in the market in 2015.

Then Lenovo stepped in and decided to infuse the lineup with some of ‘Ara’ like modular DNA, and created a new sub-series of ‘Moto Z’ phones. The new devices are on fire!

The first thing you’ll notice about the phone is that at 5.5 mm, it is seriously slim, about 29% thinner than the thinnest iPhone. But this is without the modular back plates attached to the phone. About those, we shall talk later. First things first, the device!

The Moto Z is a phablet with a 5.5 inch QHD AMOLED display (with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, which translates to ~535 ppi pixel density).

The Moto Z runs on the top-end Snapdragon 820 processor, which seems to be the standard set for every new high-end smartphone this year, and the 4 GB RAM is standard too.
What gives the phone an edge is the expandable memory – the Moto Z comes with 32 GB and 64 GB internal memory variants with an external memory slot that can take the storage up by another 256 GB.

As for the eyes, the phone comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera and  5 megapixel front camera. Looking at these in comparison to Samsung and Apple devices, which have recently reduced their camera pixels to 12 megapixel, the camera combination on the Moto Z seems apt for the market, especially when the rear camera comes paired with laser auto focus and dual tone LED flash.

On the security front, this smartphone, like it’s brethren in the league, has a fingerprint sensor – with a twist. This sensor doesn’t just double as the home button (like every other phone), it also doubles as a sleep button!

At about 136 grams, with a non-removable 2600 mAh battery, the Moto Z seems about par for the course. It feels nice and balanced, sits well in the hand that is staple-Moto.

As for the operating system, the Moto Z rides the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. Being a Motorola, you can bet it’s OS is going to be upgradable manifold.

It also comes with the Type-C 1.0 reversible connector for charging and for the earphones – which was a concern for a lot of people as the 3.5 mm audio jack has been completely removed. However Motorola includes a  3.5mm-to-USB Type-C adapter in the box.

Another complaint has been with regards to the phone’s thinness, as this gives the camera a hump, and does not allow for a battery with a higher capacity, unlike its thicker cousins. People need to remember though – eggs and omelettes.
Moto shrewdly does run some win-back as the Moto Z comes Quick Charging and Wireless Charging options.

The phone has an aluminium steel body, which keeps it in the league of highest-end devices.

What makes the phone even sexier are the modular back plates, which can be snapped on magnetically to upgrade the features on the phone. Something similar is present on the LG G5 as well but Moto has it beat with its quality and range.

These magnetic add-ons are called MotoMods and they all have different functions, and can be bought separately.

  • At about USD 60, the JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod Speaker Case will turn your phone into a boombox.
  • A fun add-on feature at about USD 230 is the Moto InstaShare Projector which, even though bulky, you can snap on and make your phone into a 70-inch wall projector!
  • For extra power, you can all put on Tumi PowerPack Moto Mod Power Case or Tumi Wireless Charging PowerPack Moto Mod Power Case, for USD 70 and USD 80 respectively.

Overall the phablet is quite a catch. The expandable memory and the add-on modules only add to it. While one of the thinnest out there and the first one to ditch a headphone jack for a type C USB, the Moto Z does not sacrifice performance or usability at the altar of being thin.

The Moto Z is expected to be out in September 2016. The price has not yet been revealed.

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