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Moto Z in-depth : Moto Mods, Uniport and more!


Motorola recently announced that it would be starting a new series Z of smartphones, with introduction of two new models Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Both the phones sport a 5.5in AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM. Eventhough both the phones look identical, Moto Z is just 5.2mm thick (Indeed!) while Moto Z Force is a decent 7mm thick.

But the specs are not what make these phones different from the large clan of devices ranging from Samsung to LG and OnePlus to Xiaomi, rather its the new add on to these devices called Moto Mods which is a small step towards the concept of Modular Smartphones. The term Modular Smartphones has recently caught up the limelight owing to the buzz by Google’s Project Ara which is expected to be released by 2017 , but Motorola has been swift to release its version of Modular Smartphones in the market.

Mods are magnetic snap-on accessories for Moto Z version, which can be used to enhance certain capabilites of your smartphone and are not included in the package. These accessories stick to the back of your phone, hence making them significantly thicker. Though both the version of Z are quite slimmer out of the box, Mods are a compromise between the slimness and the power of the phone and their usage is completely subjective.

Currently, Moto plans to offer four Mods out of which three are functional and one is cosmetic. Here are the options you can pick from:

  • Incipio Offgrid Power Pack – 2200mAh battery, gives upto 22hrs of backup, 6.2mm thick, 79g ( wireless charging version weighs 85g)


    Incipio offGRID™ Power Pack | Image © 2016 Motorola Mobility LLC. All Rights Reserved

  • Moto Insta-share Projector – 11mm thick, 120g, casts 70-inch 480p picture. Built in 1100 mAh battery which gives upto one hour of projection time.


    Moto Insta-Share Projector | Image © 2016 Motorola Mobility LLC. All Rights Reserved

  • JBL Soundboost Speaker – 13mm thick, 145g with 2x 3W stereo speakers. Built in 1000 mAh battery lasts 10 hours, houses a kickstand for mouting

    JBL SoundBoost | Speaker

    JBL SoundBoost | Speaker | Image © 2016 Motorola Mobility LLC. All Rights Reserved

  • Style Shell – snap on covers in a range of wood, fabric and leather finishes in the traditional Moto fashion.


    Style Shell | Image © 2016 Motorola Mobility LLC. All Rights Reserved

So inshort, Motorola is making sure that your hunger for accessories is fulfilled well and definitely gives the end user more control over their smartphones.

On similar revolutionary lines Moto decided to eliminate the 3.5mm jack completely and the result is that Moro Z has a uniport, i.e a USB type C port for charging, data transfer and audio output as well. Though this feature might be called revolutionary certain Moto fans would be disappointed, specially the music junkies. So you might have to say bye-bye to extra long music sessions owing to the fact that you will have to charge your phone sooner or later (though we have wireless charging, but don’t know if charger for the same is included), better buy the Incipio offGRID™ Power Pack if you wish to prolong your music by few hours. 😀

Moto Z Type C Port |  Image © 2016 Motorola Mobility LLC. All Rights Reserved

Moto Z Type C Uniport | Image © 2016 Motorola Mobility LLC. All Rights Reserved

Other regular features of phone are fully loaded too. Both Z and Z Force will be available in two variants i.e 32GB and 64GB with microSD card support. Both shine a Gorilla Glass screen but Z Force sports a Shatter Proof Glass. Another difference between the two smartphones is the battery size, Z houses a 2600 mAh capacity battery while  Z Force has a 3500 mAh capacity battery. Couple them with a Incipio offGRID™ Power Pack you can go upto combined power of 3800 mAh and 4700 mAh respectively. That’s a lot of power you have got there, but with great power comes great weight and a thick smartphone. In short you have a got a lot of options, by lot we mean a lot too many. So if you think you can get your combinations right, Moto Z should be fine for you.

So what Motorola has done by introducing Moto Mods and uniport can be termed as revulutionary for sure though not entirely since Mods are just accessories and do not completely make your phone modular, but is certainly a step towards it. The perception of these changes can be gauged once the smartphones have been rolled out in the market!




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