At the LG G5 launch, LG stressed on the value of mods, calling it the “next big thing” in the world of phones. We already knew there’s more to come, but at that we never expected it will be so early. Now, Motorola is stepping on the gear with focus on mods and accessories. The company, after shipping into the hands of Lenovo, has caused a lot of worry within its hardware partners. It unveiled a decent Moto X last year, but this year’s releases, Moto Z and Moto Z Force, plan to take all that work further steps ahead.
Without adding its own name and creating another tongue-twister, Lenovo has tipped the launch Moto Z and Moto Z Force in the global arena. The new beauties follow several leaks and rumours and boast a spectacular set of specs with intriguing features. They’re priced differently, but just like the previous generation of Moto X, they broadly share the same design and features. There are few precise tweaks that justify this price and we’ll mark them out right here for you!
Motorola has created exquisite masterpieces in the form Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Both carry an identical design and boast a nexus-like feel with the same end-capped back housing a textured finish. The company has deployed aircraft grade aluminium and stainless steel for the sturdy construction of these handsets and has also used Gorilla Glass 4 protection on their front and back panel. We really like the look and feel of these phones, and especially the part where they work seamlessly with the new MotoMods, the clip-on accessories which attach to the phone’s back and add do magical things like increasing battery life, incorporating a projector or a set of stereo speakers.
Everything looks similar on the new Moto Zs, except for their dimensions. Moto Z Force measures 7mm around the waist, and is thicker and bulkier than Moto Z which is easily one of the thinnest smartphones in the market, measuring at a mere 5.2mm.
Just like design language, Moto Z and Z Force share the same display as well. Both phones ship with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED panel and promise an exemplary viewing experience with fine details and perfect viewing angles. The unique vibrancy of Quad-HD combined with S-AMOLED upgrades the entire visual experience with absolute vividness. Punchy colours, inky blacks, and good contrasts add a unique flavour to this screen, while protection from Gorilla Glass 4 keeps it from breaking.
Till here, everything looks identical. Both displays are equally sharp and vibrant, but Moto Z Force sports a shatterproof panel and is much stronger than its younger sibling. As tipped on 91mobiles.com, shatter proofing enhances the weight and thickness of the handset but eliminates the risk of unexpected damages to the screen. It is far better and durable than standard screen protection technologies.
Hardware and Performance
Even under the hood, everything is similar between Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Both phones deploy Qualcomm’s latest processor Snapdragon 820 and deliver smooth and glitch-free performance on hefty usage. They use 4GB of RAM for effective multitasking and Adreno 530 GPU for seamless gaming. On whole, we can say, the performance level is exactly alike on both phones and you’ll hardly notice any snafu while running heavy or graphic intensive apps and games.
The flagship 64-bit processor works tremendously well and rest of job is done by 4 gigs of RAM and 32/64 gigs of on-board storage. Clearly an enticing deal!
Encased in a circular ring protruding over the surface, Moto Z and Moto Z Force bear an incredible camera setup to play with. The two phones deliver an ideal photography experience, but some elements that draw a line between them.
Moto Z brings a respectable 13-megapixel f.1.8 shooter with laser autofocus, OIS and dual-tone flash. The handset delivers vibrant shots in low-light, captures 4k video at different frame rates, and also pairs up with a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. It has all qualities of a decent shooter, but Moto Z Force weighs heavy with enhanced pixel count. The handset packs a 21-megapixel shooter with an aperture as wide as f/1.8. It brings the same set of features from Moto Z, but performs slightly better due blazing fast phase detection autofocus and enhanced pixel count on its sensor. One way or the other, you can definitely accomplish your photography goals with the new Moto Zs!
The Moto Mods
As we’ve already witness on 91mobiles.com, Moto Z and Z Force bring modular capabilities with advance clip-on accessories or modular mods. There’s a limited selection of these mods at this moment, but the technology is open to third party developers and some crazy accessories are likely to show up in coming days. At present, MotoMods can be used to project content to the big screen, upgrade size of the battery by 2,600mAh, and boost audio quality with JBL Soundboost stereo speakers.
With modular capabilities on-board, you can expect decent battery life from Moto Z and Moto Z Force. They both make a great package, but if you’re looking for standalone battery backup, we suggest going for the big head Moto Z Force. The shatterproof handset incorporates a 2600 mAh battery and delivers more than an entire day on heavy usage. It gives you enhanced use-time on a single charge and keeps you connected even if there’s just 10% juice on the bar!
The Bottom Line
Moto Z and Moto Z Force have been showcased but are still on the waiting list in India. The two beauties make an incredible package with their spectacular internals and will definitely take on the likes of Galaxy S7 and LG G5. They have their own positives where a big Moto Z Force makes a stronger and durable package while a slim Moto Z brings a premium feel. They’ll be quite expensive, but not as much as the hefty LG G5.