Motorola launches modular phones, but without headphone jacks

The Lenovo Tech World 2016 in San Fransisco unveiled the much-anticipated Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones. The phones feature a modular set-up with magnetic snap-on back panels called Moto Mods. There is also no 3.5mm headphone jack. Along with this, Lenovo also launched the first Project Tango Phone, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro.

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force, due to be available globally from September, run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and come with a fingerprint sensor on the home buton and sport a USB Type-C port that will double up as the headphone jack.

Lenovo called the Moto Z the thinnest premium smartphone around at 5.2mm thick. It is also light as a feather. It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and packs a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display. The phones comes in a choice of 32GB or 64GB storage and can be expandable up to 2TB, via a microSD card.

The flagship Moto sports a 13MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization and laser AutoFocus, coupled with a 5MP wide-lens front camera and a front flash. The phone’s 2600mAh battery can deliver juice up to 30 hours and has TurboPower charging enabled to give 8 hours of battery in only 15 minutes of charging.

In comparison, the Moto Z force is a behemoth of a device that comes with Motorola’s ShatterShield technology, which claims is crackproof and shatterproof. The phone sports a larger 3500mAh battery rated to provide runtime of up to 40 hours and bears a 21MP rear camera with OIS, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and laser autofocus.

But the most exciting feature of the phones are of course, the Moto Mods. The company has teamed up with industry leaders such as JBL and Incipio to bring a modular touch to the Z series of Moto phones. The mods snap onto the back of the phones using strong magnets. The mods are future proof as the ones developed now will be compatible with Moto Z phones in the future. The phone recognizes and adjust itself automatically after a mod is snapped on and promises to enhance the features of the phones to a great extent.

As of now, the moto mods on offer are Moto Insta-share projector, that beams images to up to 70″ on any surface and from any angle, the JBL Soundboost speaker that comes with a kickstand attached, and the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, that adds up to 22 hours of extra battery life without adding much to the weight of the phone.

The modular smartphone segment is only getting heated up with two entrants so far, the LG G5 and now the Moto Z and its big brother. Also, Google’s Project Ara phone is looming over all of them with the promise of disrupting the smartphone industry forever. It would be really interesting to see how this new segment shapes up in the near future.

Source: Gizmodo


4 Comments Add yours

  1. [ Smiles ] I do not think that I can buy a smartphone without a headphone jack.


    Because, listening to music is part of my personality makeup.


    1. technicalism says:

      You can go for bluetooth heaphones too

      Liked by 1 person

      1. [ Smiles ] Thank you for putting forward the option of bluetooth headphones.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Joshua Petersen says:

    Do they have a mod to add back on a headphone jack? Also, are they idiots? So many more peripherals now use the headphone jack, more than just headphones. (Everything from Square readers to hooking it up to your much more impressive in-home sound system to Geiger counters.) Removing the headphone jack actually makes it *less* modular than its counterparts. And from the looks of it, the modular part only allows one mod at a time, and only from one manufacturer, which a far cry from what what the Ara phone promises (which I might add, there’s a mod coming out for the Ara that gives 4 headphone jacks so you can do surround sound quality recording anywhere, which is at the top of my to-buy list when the ara phone comes out.)


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