After the exciting advanced announcement of the first Project Tango-enabled smartphone, Lenovo has yet again managed to revolutionize the technology innovation sphere with their new Moto Z series. The major highlight here revolves around the 16 Magical pins on the back that can magnetically connect to external modules which Lenovo prefers to call “MotoMods”. Initially, the company is commencing with two products – The flagship Moto Z and the Z force that flaunts an improved shatterproof display up front.

On the specifications booth, the Moto Z features a 5.5-inches Quad HD AMOLED screen that will cheer a lot of consumers who disgraced the IPS approach taken with previous year’s X Style. It is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal memory that can be expanded via a MicroSD card, Adreno 530 GPU and 2600mAh battery pack on the Moto Z and an impressive 3500mAh battery with Turbo Charge capabilities on the Z Force which offers 50% charging and 15-hour-battery life in 20 minutes. The phones run on Android Marshmallow and are bound to be updated to Android N whenever that comes out.

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They are wrapped in an attractive all-metal 5.2mm/7mm thin chassis that does look premium from all the corners and will definitely bring some tough competition for phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 or the HTC 10. The Z force as expected features the signature ShatterShield panel that the CEO tested quite a few times during the keynote. The four sensors necessary for Motorola’s ambient display software are present too.

The rear round camera arrangement houses a 13MP lens with f/1.8 aperture, OIS and laser autofocus for the Moto Z. However, on the Z Force, Lenovo has packed a 21MP shooter with the same further abilities. Unfortunately, PDAF is missing on the former. The pins present on the back of these phones attach through magnets with other accessories like a battery pack, projector or a party speaker. What makes Lenovo’s approach stand apart is the fact that you won’t have to mess around with phone’s design or remove any components to actually benefit from this extendibility. Additionally, the phones feature a fingerprint scanner, 5MP wide-angle lens on the front for selfies and Water repellent nano-coating. Lastly, the new Moto Z series ditches a dedicated headphones jack, hence users will have to live with a complementary adapter to listen to music through the USB Type-C connector. The Moto Z series will be initially launching as Verizon exclusives, the unlocked variants will be made available sometime in summer and globally in September.


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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.