The Moto Z and Z Drive are Motorola's new modular flagships

So lengthy Moto X, hey Moto Z. For its subsequent spherical of Android flagships, Motorola goes for a brand new model, an extremely-skinny design and help for “Mods” that increase their capabilities. And sure, the Moto Z is significantly skinny at simply 5.19 millimeters millimeters thick. How Motorola achieved will in all probability be controversial, although: the Moto Z and its barely beefier sibling, the Moto Z Drive, do not have headphone jacks. As an alternative, you will need to plug within the included USB-C to three.5mm jack adapter to make use of headphones. However is any of this sufficient for Lenovo to lastly have successful telephone?

On the very least, you’ll be able to’t say Motorola is being lazy. It is embracing the thought of modular add-ons, Moto Mods, wholeheartedly. Each new telephones have magnetic connectors on their rears, which quite a lot of equipment can hook up with. Thus far, that features a homegrown pico projector, a speaker improve from JBL and quite a lot of battery packs from Incipio, Tumi and Kate Spade. Moto says the Mods will work on subsequent yr’s telephones, which ought to give potential consumers a little bit of piece of thoughts. Sure, the entire idea is just like what LG tried with the G5, and it is nonetheless unclear if mainstream shoppers care about modular upgrades.

Lenovo is the primary main producer to dump headphone jacks in change for a thinner design, and it will probably find yourself taking nearly all of shopper flack for doing so. Nevertheless it’s not alone: Intel can also be pushing USB-C over headphone jacks, and Chinese language telephone maker LeEco has already dumped them with its newest units. We have even heard from the rumor mill that Apple could be contemplating the identical factor for upcoming iPhones. However as somebody who often has costly earbuds plugged into my smartphone, I am not wanting ahead to counting on a dongle. (And I am undoubtedly not going to be upgrading to USB-C headphones anytime quickly.)

Whereas it took a couple of revisions for the Moto X to turn out to be really nice, the Moto Z looks like a leap forward in some ways. It is acquired the standard velocity enhancements, with a brand new quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor operating at as much as 2.2GHz and 4GB of RAM. Its display is a tad smaller than final yr’s, at simply 5.5-inches as an alternative of 5.7-inches, and it sports activities the identical quad HD decision of 2560 by 1440 pixels (535 pixels per inch). Naturally, its thinness means it is considerably lighter than earlier than, weighing in at simply four.6 ounces (136 grams), in comparison with final yr’s Moto X Pure (Type outdoors of the US) at 6.three punches (179 grams).

On the digital camera entrance, the Moto Z packs in a 12 megapixel rear shooter with an f/1.eight aperture lens, optical picture stabilization and laser autofocus. Its entrance digital camera is a typical 5 megapixel entry. Motorola appears to have crammed in as a lot whiz-bang know-how it might to ship a greater photograph-taking than its previous telephones: the rear digital camera additionally options colour-corrected flash with twin LEDs and a 1.12um pixel measurement.

Identical to final yr, there’s additionally a extra highly effective mannequin with a couple of further options, the US-solely Moto Z Drive. It’s kind of thicker (6.9mm) and heavier, nevertheless it additionally packs in a considerably bigger battery (three,500mAh in comparison with the Z’s 2,600mAh) and a extra succesful 21 megapixel digital camera with part detection autofocus and Deep Trench Isolation (a way Apple used for the iPhone 6S digital camera). The Moto Z Drive’s display additionally makes use of Motorola’s Shattershield know-how, which it claims is extra immune to cracks and scratches than Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Whereas it isn’t as thoughts-blowingly skinny because the Z correct, the Z Drive seems like the perfect Android telephone for energy customers.

Sadly, you will should be on Verizon to nab the Moto Z telephones this summer time, the place they will be obtainable as “Droid Editions.” Motorola says it’s going to additionally promote the Moto Z unlocked on its web site this fall. The Moto Z will probably be out there internationally in September, however Motorola says the Z Drive is a US-solely affair for now.

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