Moto Z is now official: thin, powerful, with snap-on modules for added awesomeness

Oh, what an exciting day this is! After weeks of leaks, speculation, and plain ol' guessing, we've finally witnessed the official announcement of the Moto Z. A 2016 reincarnation of the RAZR V3 flip phone this is not, mind you, but it is still a device worth being curious about. Trust us, you don't see phones like this every day.


Introducing MotoMods

Without a doubt, MotoMods are the Moto Z's killer feature. The handset takes the whole modular smartphone concept to the next level by allowing a variety of snap-on modules to be attached to it at any time. Love big tunes? There's the JBL SoundBoost for you, with its built-in amp and stereo speakers. Feeling like watching a movie on a bigger screen? Just find a wall and snap on the InstaShare projector attachment, capable of throwing a 70-inch image on a suitable flat surface. Need extra battery life? Incipio has developed a battery pack adding 22 hour of extra usage time on top of what you'd get out of the phone's built-in 2600mAh cell.

To be clear, these modules are held to the device by magnets. Really strong magnets, as we're reassured. There's no need for the phone to be turned off whenever one is attached or detached.

Design and personalization

When it isn't augmented by a module, however, the Moto Z draws attention with its remarkably thin profile. In fact, it is the "world's thinnest premium smartphone" with a thickness of just a fifth of an inch (5.19 mm). As long as we don't throw that camera bulge into the equation, of course. On the downside, the thin profile might have something to do with the fact that a 3.5mm headphone jack is missing. Thankfully, a 3.5mm to USB-C headphone port adapter is included.

With its stylish, water-repelling metal construction, the phone is already quite the looker, but we're given the freedom to change its looks with StyleShells. To sum things up, these are snap-on covers for the back of the phone and they'll be available in many varieties, including ones made of natural wood, leather, or patterned fabric. These are going to replace the MotoMaker service, it seems.

Hardware features and specs

As far as specs go, the Moto Z has all the right ticks checked. We're talking a Snapdragon 820 paired with 4GB of RAM and 32/64 gigs of expandable storage. The 5.5-inch QHD display packs 535 pixels per inch, and the fingerprint scanner allows you to unlock your phone in no time. All in all, the Moto Z has "high-end" written all over it and should be capable of handling anything thrown at it.

We're no less excited about the photographic prowess of the Moto Z, as the phone packs the "most advanced camera ever" put on a Moto device. The sensor of choice has 13MP of resolution and 1.12um pixels, which doesn't seem all that great on paper, but isn't bad either. There's also OIS, laser-assisted autofocus, an ƒ/1.8 aperture lens providing plenty of light, 4K video support, and full manual controls for those who know how to take advantage of them. We're promised great low-light performance out of the shooter, but we'll see about that once we get our hands on a review unit.

At the front of the Moto Z we see a 5MP camera for selfies. What's cool is that a front-facing LED is also present for those times when light is insufficient. It's a neat and potentially useful addition adopted straight from the Moto X.


Not much time was devoted to software during the handset's presentation. We know that the Moto Z runs Andorid 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and that's pretty much it. Still, it is safe to say that the phone will deliver a near-stock Android experience, with only minor tweaks here and there – the clock and weather widget, for example, or the enhanced camera application. 


In the US. the Moto Z is going to launch as the Moto Z Droid Edition and will be available exclusively on Verizon. While we're not given a precise release date yet, we're told to look out for it this summer. MotoMods will be released at the same time. The phone will also be released unlocked in the fall for use with a carrier of your preference. Global availability is set for September of this year. Pricing details weren't made clear, but we're not expecting the phone to be cheap.

source: Motorola

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



1. scarface21173

Posts: 690; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Jbl snapp on speaker class

24. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Looks alright...nothing too special though.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm expecting bad battery but maybe there's a module for that

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

There is :) Incipio making one.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

OMG!!! MOTO Z basically turning rocks into water. What got me was when even the great marques brownlee said "Now, MOTO has my attention" sexy beasts!!!! Just take my money already!!!!

5. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

That guy MKBHD is just a layman kinda reviewer who doesnt know much about the under the hood stuff.

36. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

To be a tech blogger (he already admitted he is no super nerd like Erica Griffin) and a Super Frisbee athlete speaks a lot that he's VERY FAR from being a layman, and if he is indeed a layman, he wouldn't waste time and money to make 4K quality videos, and unlike you who is just there sitting with your Pringles on and say bulls**t stuff to successful people. shoutout to the idiots who liked your comment though.

39. 10033859

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2016

I hate Erica Griffin she bombed on my S4 Active she actually claims the normal S4 is better like, No. Just, No.. Software. better. Specs, better. ruggedness, better. Everything is better AND for the price of a used S4 you can actually get a S4 active. At&t makes them cheaper then the originals so people switch and buy them. And I agree with this guy you commented on, He isnt that smart as far as phones go... Especially to be a tech reviewer working on phones as good and advanced as the Moto Z.. And the rest of your comment was either retarded or so dumb i couldnt even understand.. Ive heard some really retarded call-outs, but bringing up a "super frisbee athlete" and "pringles" and "4k quality videos" Like, sereously no one gives a f**k about frisbee on a damn phone website, and whats wrong with pringles? Its a classic American snack that everyone likes and its not that bad to say for myself...

31. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Honestly the most recent phone that piqued my interest was the 256 GB storage/6 GB RAM Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe. The only negative thing about that phone is the 1080p screen. The other negative is that Asus sucks with updates, but at the same time SO DOES MOTOROLA! Hell Asus might actually be ahead because Motorola has been sued and lost regarding reneging on Android updates. I am just going to have a hard time leaving the 2K display on my Nexus 6P, even with 2k I can see the pixels when using Google Cardboard...

4. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Awesome so awesome makes my moto pure x look ancient

6. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I watched it live, how in the hell did they get 3500 mAH in that thin of a body?? holy hell....

17. bossthatruth

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

they didnt this one has a 2600 mAh battery the z force has the 3500 mAh battery

8. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

Its different... I mean, Uggly device, sorry! Look at the squared fingerprint.... It may be powerfull but its not attractive to my eyes (just like moto G4)

9. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

So the modular age starts!! Watched live steam on my moto x play:)

10. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

back + sides of the phone are really stunning , but man , the bottom bezel is just F weird , really annoying

26. isayuuhhhj

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

Yep, agree, what bothers me is the button not just being square but being lowered to the bottom of the phone to make that dumb logo fit. Take that logo out make the chin smaller and center the button!

11. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

The camera hump is just too much tho

12. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The lack of a headphone jack kills it for me.

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yet people will rip on Apple for removing it

40. 10033859

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2016

Not saying i dont like how Moto did that, but im gonna rip on apple all day for that because now not only do APPLE users have to BUY another jack, but they will have to get it from apple because they will probably copyright it or something like they always do... At least ours wont be 30$... And that is no where near the reason apple sucks either...

27. Deadeye37

Posts: 300; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

No more charging your phone while using your earphones to play a game..... :(

32. AlzhiSon

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 18, 2016

They probably have an adapter for that, and for your dolla$

13. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Where is the one with 16X optical zoom ???

14. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

All I want is a new, clamshell RAZR. :(

15. lmao2016

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

Nice but my gosh can they just stop with the exclusive s**t!

35. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

why any oem will put any of their devices exclusive to just one carrier blows my mind and only minimizes sales of their exclusive device. so when sales of these devices doesnt meet their expectation, these oems will always wonder what happened...LOL

16. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Pure Awesomeness!!!

18. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

if they can stuff 2600mAh battery in this thin profile, why the f**k can't apple do it. Stupid Apple with their terrible battery life, this is smaller than a 6sp and still they manage to stuff in a battery almost the same mAh, Apple should stuff in a battery at leash 3000mah in the next plus or pro phone.

19. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

1.12micrometer pixels.. so is it going to be bad in low light shooting still?

20. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

That bottom bezel must have been designed by ex HTC designers.

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