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Lenovo’s first Moto Z flagship phones are finally official

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:18PM EST
Moto Z Force Specs Release Date Prince
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Motorola is quite an innovator when it comes to smartphones. It launched the Motorola Droid, the first phone that offered buyers a compelling Android-based iPhone alternative. Later, it came up with the Moto X flagship, and Moto G and Moto E affordable handsets. Since then, it was bought and sold by Google, and now Lenovo owns the iconic phone company.

At today’s Lenovo Tech World event, Motorola unveiled a brand new smartphone series, the Moto Z flagship that will replace the Moto X in Lenovo’s lineup. The Moto Z family represents Lenovo’s first original Motorola flagship family, two devices that pack high-end hardware and a feature a somewhat modular design.

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The Moto Z will be available in two flavors, including a flagship version and a more affordable model – both of them, however, pack interchangeable modular back plates. Meet the Moto Z Force and the Moto Z.

The difference between Moto Z and Moto Z Force is that the latter sports Motorola’s Shattershield shatter-proof glass, a better 21-megapixel rear camera, support for TurboPower fast-charging technology (15-minute charge will get you up to 15 hours of battery life), and has a metal design. Both phones are just 5.2mm thin, but they’ll get a lot thicker when you attach MotoMods modules to their backs.

The Moto Z/Moto Z Force features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2K resolution, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, microSD support, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 3,500 mAh batteries with Turbo Charging support.

Both devices support the MotoMods, the rear cases that are supposed to expand the capabilities of the phone further.

A 16-pin dock on the back connects the phone to these modular rear plates that can offer better sound (JBL SoundBoost speakers with extra battery), better video (a pico projector with extra battery), better photos, and more energy (the Power Pack battery case with wireless charging support). The MotoMods will also work with future generation Moto Z models.

Users will also be able to customize the look and feel of rear cases, which will be made of various materials – think leather, wood, and ballistic nylon, among others. You’ll be able to do it via the now familiar MotoMaker.

The phones will launch in various markets including the US and Europe, with Verizon getting special Droid-branded versions of the phones this summer. International markets will get the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force this September MotoMods will be available to buyers when the phones launch — summer for US and fall for the rest of the world. Pricing details have not been unveiled for either the Moto Z phones or their MotoMods.

Here’s a quick presentation of the Moto Z phones:

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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