Modular devices seem to be the talk of the town these days. We have already talked about the LG G5 and the much anticipated Project Ara along with the recently announced BLOCKS which also happens to be the world’s first modular smartwatch. Not the ones to be left behind, Lenovo have also announced their new range of modular devices – The Moto Z and the Moto Z Force at the recently concluded Lenovo Tech World event in San Francisco. The company also announced a vast collection of Moto Mods that get attached to the back of devices using powerful electronic magnets. Let us now take a closer look at both the devices along with the Mods:

Moto Z

The Moto Z sports a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 display and is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB and 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Motorola Moto Z packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.


The device runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box and is powered by a 2600mAh non removable battery. It measures 153.30 x 75.30 x 5.20 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 136.00 grams. The Motorola Moto Z is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope. The one thing missing from both these devices is your traditional 3.5mm headphone jacks that have been replaced by a standalone USB type C to 3.5mm connector which comes with the phones. The removal of the 3.5mm headphone jacks makes the Moto Z one of the thinnest looking Android devices ever made.

Moto Z Force


The company also announced a slightly more rugged variant of the Moto Z called the Moto Z force which comes with Motorola’s Moto ShatterShield technology for its display, which the company says will not crack or shatter. It is nearly identical otherwise, except for the the larger 3500mAh battery, which is rated to provide up to 40 hours of battery life. With TurboPower charging, it is said to provide 15 hours of battery life in just a 15-minute charge. It also bears a 21-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and laser auto focus along with a 5MP front shooter.

Moto Mods


The Moto Mods easily attach to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force with the help of high-powered magnets on the back of your device. This allows for easily switching between different Mods in a snap. This will also allow for some Style Shells that will allow you to protect that beautiful metal design without damaging your new devices.

At the start, the following Moto Mods will be available for purchase, with more partnerships still in the works:

  • JBL SoundBoost Speaker
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector
  • TUMI Power Pack
  • Kate Spade New York Power Pack
  • Style Mods

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force would be available in September with pricing details yet to be announced. So what’s your take on these two new devices along with the exciting mods? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Moto Z Specs at a glance:

  • Processor: Snapdragon 820 (1.8 GHz or 2.2 GHz quad-core)
  • Storage: 32 or 64 GB expandable to 200GB
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Battery: 2600 mAh
  • Connectivity: USB type-C
  • Screen: 5.5″, 2560 x 1440p
  • Dimensions: 6.11 x 2.96 x 0.20 in.
  • Weight: 4.70 oz
  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Camera (rear) 13 MP
  • Camera (front) 5 MP

Moto Z Force Specs at a glance: 

  • Processor: Snapdragon 820 (2.2 GHz quad-core)
  • Storage: 32 or 64 GB expandable to 200GB
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Battery: 3500 mAh
  • Connectivity: USB type-C
  • Screen: 5.5″, 2560 x 1440p
  • Dimensions: 6.14 x 2.98 x 0.28 in.
  • Weight: 5.75 oz
  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Camera (rear): 21 MP
  • Camera (front) 5 MP