Moto Z And Moto Z Force Snapdragon 820 Android Flagships Snap On Moto Mods Accessories

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We were impressed when the LG G5 rolled out with its “Friends Modules”, but Lenovo just upped the game with the new Moto Z family of smartphones. Today, Lenovo announced the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, which are next generation Android flagship smartphones.

The Moto Z is the standard model, measures just 5.2mm thick and comes with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display. Inside, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. And just in case you want to expand your storage further, there’s a microSD slot that takes you up to 2TB.

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A 13MP rear camera features optical image stabilization and laser autofocus, while a 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens takes care of selfie and videoconferencing duties. Lenovo says that the 2600 mAh battery is good for up to 30 hours of battery life, and that you can get a quick 8-hour boost with a 15-minute charge using TurboPower.

The Moto Z Force ups the ante with a 3500 mAh battery, a 21MP rear camera, and a shatterproof screen. The larger battery and beefed up screen means that the Moto Z Force is a bit thicker at 7mm, which is more than acceptable for a modern flagship Android device.

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Moto Z Force

But what truly makes the Moto Z and Moto Z Force stand out from the pack are Moto Mods. These are modular accessories that attach to the back of the smartphone via four magnets and communicate using a 16-pin connector. It’s a much more elegant solution than what LG has employed with the G5 (which requires you to remove the bottom portion of the smartphone). Instead, Moto Z users can simply attach an accessory, like the JBL SoundBoost Mod which brings killer sound, with a quick snap (the speaker also includes a built-in 1000 mAh battery).

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Insta-Share Mod (Pico Projector)

You don’t have to power down your phone and integration with the Android operating system is seamless. Two other accessories announced today include a 2200 mAh Power Pack Mod (battery case) that was developed in conjunction with Incipio and the Insta-Share Mod that turns your Moto Z into a pico projector that can display images at up to 70 inches wide at 480p. More importantly, Moto Mods have been designed to work with future versions of the Moto Z, so you won’t have to toss them when you inevitably upgrade to next year’s model.

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Unfortunately, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will first be available as Verizon Wireless exclusives this summer under the Droid brand (Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition). Unlocked versions that will work on additional carriers won’t arrive in the U.S. until the fall. Pricing is unknown at this time.