Lenovo announces Moto Z and Moto Z Force

Lenovo has finally taken the wraps off its much speculated Moto Z smartphones at the Lenovo World Tech Event 2016 in San Francisco on Thursday. Lenovo reveals two version of the flagship smartphone – the Moto Z and Moto Z Force along with Moto Mods magnetic snap-on back panels, that’s modular. Lenovo has also announced the first Tango smartphone – the Phab 2 Pro created teaming up with Google.

The Moto Z is the thinner version of the flagship, while the Moto Z Force is the thicker version that comes with a bigger battery and ShatterShield screen, which Lenovo claims that it won’t break or shatter when dropped.

Moto Z

The Moto Z (above image) packs aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel chassis, 5.2mm thin, and ultra light as well. It has a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED touchscreen, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and an option of either 32GB or 64GB internal storage, and a microSD expandable slot that supports up to 2TB. On the back, you get a 13MP camera with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization (OIS) and there’s a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens. It features water-repellent coating and is powered by a 2600mAh battery with quick charge support – offers 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging. The connector is USB Type-C. The Moto Z runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Moto Z Force

The Moto Z Force (above image) is merely identical to its sibling in terms of design and specs with few exceptions. Its bezels are 6.9mm thick that is backed by a 3500mAh battery. The battery is rated to deliver 40 hours of battery life and its quick charging tech helps to gain 15 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging. It has a 21MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus, while keeping the laser autofocus and OIS features from the Z. Otherwise, the two phones are identical, including the fact that neither has a 3.5mm headset jack. Motorola will include a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, though.

Both phones will go on sale starting September along with Moto Mods designed to go with future generations of Moto Z smartphones. In the US, they would go by Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition at Verizon starting this summer. Motorola will also sell unlocked versions of the phone directly to buyers. The company hasn’t revealed the pricing for these smartphones at this point in time, maybe closer to availability.


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