Conversation starter: what kind of backplate modules would you like to see for the Moto Z?

As we know, in some 28 hours, the new Moto Z Play and Moto Z Style handsets will be unveiled. Now, while there is no official information on the whole rumor about backplate modules, a plethora of leaks, plus the obvious 16-pin connector that can be seen on exposed Moto Z images, tell us that said modules will most probably be an actual thing. If you are a bit behind on this information – various speculations and leaked photos of a set of curious backplates claim that the Moto Z will have a number of aftermarket modules, which one can freely attach and remove from the phone to expand various functionality when needed.

Now, of course, this would not be the first time we see a modular phone hit the market — just 3 months ago, LG announced the G5 with its CAM Plus and Hi-Fi Plus modules, but those were a bit underwhelming. The fact that you have to power off the phone to exchange modules, the actual usefulness of the add-ons, and them still being hard to obtain to this day has users feel less than excited for the G5's alternate parts.
According to the rumors, the Moto Z modules will be separated in two categories – StyleMods and MotoMods. The former would just be alternate back covers that let you color your phone to your preference. The latter are modules that expand the phone's functionality. Leaksters say that one MotoMod would be a Hasselblad photography back cover, which will not only feature a dedicated shutter key, but an actual extra lens as well. A JBL audio module and a projector module have also been rumored.

But we are curious — if you were to have your way, what kind of module would you want to see for the new Moto Z phones? Or, if it already exists in our list of leaked modules, what kind of features would you want to see on it to make it worth your time and money?

Related phones

Moto Z
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
Moto Z Force
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope they add wireless charging to those backplates (styles). Also I would like to see a IoT module for the new Moto Z, like a miniaturized SBC (Raspberry Pi, Chip, Arduino, BeagleBone,...) on a module. You install an app that would display the screen and program the module from the Moto Z. Also a Tango module would be excellent.

2. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Can I get one that turns it into a Galaxy Note 7?

3. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Wishing for stylemods that include an extra battery so that we can be stylish without compromises. :p

4. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

I'd like a dual analog controller for gaming. It could effectively make the smartphone in the same league as the PS Vita.

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

A copy of continnum please!!

9. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

+10. Btw, this is highly possible, imminent even, depending on the 3rd party developers. If these were iphone, I'm dead certain that there would be one in the works already. This is always why I like apple to start things off, after they do it,it becomes a trend.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bankz he was talking about Continuum from Windows 10. Last time I looked Apple has nothing like Continuum. Android has some features like Continuum. For instance you can easily add a mouse and a keyboard to any Android device. Also Android has the ability to change its screen size depending on what it's hooked up too. So if you have a QHD phone and plug it into a Full HD display, then Android will scale, and so can it's apps.

15. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Do you perform Stand-up comedy?

6. Casorati

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

An e-ink back module please!

10. raindel

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2016

+100500. I wounder why there are such few devices?accessories of that kind

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Maybe make a few different sizes. Have one that is eBook reader size, and a smaller version as well. The more options, the merrier we will be.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Updates for the Moto X Pure please! I don't care about swappable backs. These new designs are hideously fugly. They butchered the Moto X Pure Edition and this is the best they can come up with?

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Moto X Pure already has Marshmallow. Besides that you don't even own an Android device. Everyone here already knows that.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Will you shut the f*** up about me not owning an Android device. Get over it, I use Android and iOS. You're just salty because I tell the truth as it is.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Keep your mouth shut Android troll. If you really opened a Moto X Pure then you would have given up on iOS long ago. You're just an ignorant iSheep running your mouth off about things you know nothing about.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why don't you make me, cowboy. I'm not ignorant like you are. I can enjoy both platforms and not make a big deal about it. You're just an ignorant fandroid with a massive stick stuck up his rear.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Don't make a big deal about it? You have not stopped complaining about Motorola for like three years now. How is that not you making a big deal? The Moto X Pure was one of the very first phones to get Marshmallow and you still bitched about it taking too long. Everything Google and Motorola related to you is a big deal and you never stop bitching about it.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one cares, scotty.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I make a point that you cannot argue, you resort to deflecting. typical.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually I can argue it. Just that you are getting your panties in a twist again.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, PA be acting like they don't know what these phones/Mods look like or are capable of.. Just release an annonymous leaked image already! ; For what I want to see well, I want to see: 1. Full camera Mod that actually enhances the images on the photos with an actual lens, xenon flash and optical Zoom 2. A projector Mod 3. Game controller Mod 4. A battery Mod 5. A speaker Mod 6. Credit card reader Mod 7. Project tango Mod 8. Full on querty Keyboard 9. Medical health suit (glucosemeter etc) They all don't necessarily need to come with the phone at launch though but 5 or 6 different Mods would be okay to begin with. Anyway, with this, we'll be one Mod away from getting a new phone instead of buying a new phone every year for just that one feature. Now phone/3rd party manufacturers could just easily put those features from rivals into a Mod and BAM!!! we get that 1 feature we all want in that shiny new phone.

11. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013


16. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

1: Game controller 2: Night vision camera 3: Heat vision camera 4: Tango mod 5: A tripod? 6: A snap on hub for external display and peripherals. Lots of ports for desk use

17. Tipsy.trex

Posts: 21; Member since: May 17, 2016

The camera back, but with a hole for the camera that's already on the device so it's dual camera system.

18. SmartArena

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

All in one mode (Module that have most of other modes features) Protection mode (Water, shock and ..... resistant) Moto vision mode (Thermal and night vision)

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