With the new Lenovo smartphones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, the Chinese manufacturer has unveiled a new type of modular smartphone, whose capacity can be expanded through the so-called Moto Mods. Availability to buy one of the two has been announced for September, but during the presentation Lenovo has not said any additional information on the possible sale price.
Undoubtedly, the success of this particular solution called Moto Mods depend on its price and, according to those news published by Verizon on its website, these figures are, for now, unrealistic. The same phones, according to some rumors from China, would not be particularly cheap, especially the higher-end model of the two.
In fact, it is conceivable that the Lenovo Moto Z would not go down from 2998 yuans, equivalent to about 405 euros at current exchange rates, while the Moto Z Force could reach 5299 yuans, about 714 euros. This price seems very exaggerated, since differences compared to the standard version, and because the price compaerd with competitive offerings do not seem to justify such a big difference. However, this is speculation and it could be disproved, since many users will be willing to purchase this smartphone in their countries, apart from China or the US (countries confirmed by the time).
As for features of Moto Z, it has a water repellent case that protects the slimmest device ever produced by Motorola (the thickness is only 5.2 mm) and is made of aluminum and stainless steel used by military aircraft industry. The screen has 5.5 inches with AMOLED technology and QuadHD resolution. With respect to the processor, it is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB of RAM to ensure optimum computing power. The internal memory has 32 (or 64 GB for big brother), which can be expanded via microSD up to 2 TB. The curious decision to remove the common audio connector and sound output through the USB-C port seems a step toward the abandonment of wired connections for Bluetooth and other similar forms to this.
Even the integrated camera is not bad. It has 13 megapixels (21 for the Force version) which, together with optical image stabilizer ensures well defined and very sharp photos even in difficult lighting conditions. In this case, the laser autofocus may mark the differences from their rivals. And it is even better for the Force version, which incorporates autofocus phase detection (PDAF). The front camera features flash, 5 megapixels and has wide angle lenses. With the Moto Z we continue to maintain a system of fingerprint recognition by which you can unlock the phone with the simple passage of a finger. Even battery life is good. In standby mode the phone can stay awake for up to 30 hours and, thanks to the quick charge technology, with only a 15 minute connection to the mains, the device is able to accumulate enough energy to stay on 8 hours.
In any case, it seems that modularity could be costly, and some say that not everyone is willing to pay, especially if the numbers shown are definitive.