Moto Z, Z Force and Moto Mods price and release date
Motorola may be a Lenovo trophy now, but it certainly did benefit from its short stint with Google, as the brainiacs from Mountain View certainly exchanged an idea or two over coffee with the Moto team. Whether today's modular Z phone is a result of Google's Project Ara efforts, or has been baking for a while in the heads of Motorola's engineers, remains to be determined, but one thing is for sure - Moto certainly did a surprise handset that has no equivalent.
In any case, it's good that Lenovo decided to leave that track open, and no matter how you personally feel about modular handsets, it's the market that is ultimately decide the Moto Z and Z Force's fate. Speaking of the market, how much will the phones cost, and when will they be released for all LEGO aficionados out there?
Well, Verizon will be first to nab the exclusive Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition "this summer," as well as the Moto Mods. In September, users in the US and globally will be able to buy the phones unlocked, as well as the modules. That's all the official info for now, we'll update on the prices as we get them. So far, we've only heard on the hush-hush that the Moto Z will be priced below the $650 mark that top-shelf flagships like the Galaxy S7 or iPhone 6s command right now, but the Moto Z Force will probably command more, and we sincerely hope that Lenovo won't try to compensate for the eventual reasonable Moto Z pricing by boosting the Moto Mods markup.
When it comes to to the Moto Mods, Verizon's early adopter pricing is not for the faint of heart, as you can see from the list below:
- Insta-Share Projector: $299
- JBL SoundBoost: $79.99
- TUMI Power Pack: $89
- TUMI Wireless Charging Power Pack: $99
- Kate Spade shell : $79