Motorola’s latest phones are shaking up smartphone hardware for the better
We’ve seen a lot of phones this year. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 brought water resistance to Samsung’s top-of-the-line device, LG’s G5 introduced a somewhat modular design, and HTC’s 10 smartphone was an all-around good phone. But Motorola’s new phones announced today, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, are shaking things up even more. We’ll go so far as to say that the introduction of Motorola’s latest devices is the biggest thing to happen to smartphone hardware so far this year.
Essentially, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force make it incredibly simple to modify the phone’s hardware to fit your lifestyle. Users can easily add battery capacity, a quality portable audio system, a new style, or even a pocket-sized projector to their phones. It’s all enabled by Moto Mods. A pinned connector at the bottom on the back of the device connects with the external module, which snaps to the back with strong magnets. In seconds, users have a custom phone. Large companies such as Incipio and JBL have already introduced modules for the device, and we hope that many more companies will play along as well.
Motorola’s Moto Z is incredibly thin, around 5.2mm, which really improves its looks. It’s also a spec performer as it has a 5.5” Quad-HD AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 2,600mAh battery, and 4GB of RAM.
The Moto Z Force is an upgraded version of the standard Z, bringing a 21MP camera (a jump up from the standard Z’s 13MP shooter), enhanced autofocus, an expanded 3,500mAh battery, and a ShatterShield display, all at the expense of the standard Z’s ultra-thin design.
The introduction of Motorola’s latest devices is the biggest thing to happen to smartphone hardware so far this year
Motorola’s latest phones are powerful, customizable and truly innovative. Yet it seems that the company has already shot itself in the foot, as the devices have no 3.5mm headphone jack. The devices do include a USB Type-C to headphone port adapter, but the ability to charge the device with a cord and use the audio jack simultaneously has still been removed. We expect Apple to receive widespread criticism in the event that its next generation iPhone omits the 3.5mm headphone jack, and this change alone could potentially drive many away from the upcoming iPhone. Weaning people off the audio jack is a delicate and difficult process, and should be left to the very largest players in the industry. While bringing new modular technology to smartphones is both good and risky, Motorola’s decision to have no headphone jack may ultimately determine the success of the product. The port’s absence is a black mark on an otherwise nearly ideal Android phone.