The Moto Z is the thinnest mainstream flagship on the planet

The Moto Z is the thinnest mainstream flagship on the planet
After a year or two of smartphone makers trying to outdo each other with increasingly thin flagships, it seemed like the craze was over at about the 0.27-inch (7 mm) mark. Both the Apple iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S7 grew the waistline. But if you thought that'd be it, the new Moto Z by Motorola bests them both—and indeed any relevant flagship on the planet—and not by little.

At just 0.2 inches (5.19 mm), the Moto Z is shockingly slim. To give you an example, that's equal to stacking less than 3 and a half pennies on top of each other. Shockingly thin, once again.

Better yet, at least in terms of hardware, the Moto Z won't be a compromised smartphone. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch, Quad HD (1440 x 2560) AMOLED display powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. On the camera front, we're looking at a 13-megapixel main camera with very wide, f/1.8 aperture lens, dual LED flash, laser auto focus, and optical stabilization. Keeping the fun going is a 2,600 mAh cell with quick charging.

So, the Moto Z, scheduled to also appear on Verizon's network under the DROID moniker, is freakishly skinny. But in the context of the oft-rumored—and now official—MotoMods that either add style or extra functionality to the Moto Z, this engineering decision kind of makes sense. Seeing as how most of the MotoMods attachments shown on scene were on the bulky side, at least the Z's thinness can be of actual use. As for whether it'll impact performance in any way whatsoever, it remains to be seen.

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20 Comments

2. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

2,600 seems a little on the small side. But that's what you get with such a thin device.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is a battery mod and wireless charging style mods. Plus the thing full charges to 85% in less than a half an hour.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I will get thats phone for sure. With the battery and speaker module. So if i need battery i put the module let it charge then switch back to speaker. Man this phone is probably the phone thats got me the most interested in past 2 years!

15. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

+10 this is probably the best/most exciting phone of all time.. Or at least in the past 3 years

21. Shocky unregistered

Are you on drugs?

22. ananthu07 unregistered

z force is 7mm thin(perspective: about iphone thin) and offers 3500mah. I'd love to try that, also with shatterproof display which I really wanted to try out since last year's moto x force

3. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

5.5in screen is too big imo.

4. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

a compact Z really welcome.

5. elvis_17

Posts: 32; Member since: May 26, 2016

back panel is realy pretty but wats up with front?

6. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

awesome 5.5 is my sweet spot, will wait for battery review

7. ultrasound

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 29, 2014

2,600 cell is way too small, I'll be going with the z force that has a 3500 cell.

11. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

When largest and oldest OEM's finally realized it's not about how the phone thing is and the race for slimmest phone is over, Lenovo-Moto goes through that same cycle again. It is clear indication of China's smartphone cultural mentality .Painful to watch how the Moto heritage going down the toilet drain.

12. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

So will the two have exact same specs besides shattershield and battery?

13. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I am little bit disappointed.I always prefer a thicker phone with more battery.One has to spend more in order to get motomods.Its will be nice if moto give them free for preorders.The front of the phone looks very much like moto g4 plus.I think a bigger battery is definitely needed for a Qhd display of 5.5 inches.Lets see how it performs in upcoming reviews.

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

PA correct your statement SD 820 is octa-core :http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Motorola-Moto-Z_id10099%20 SD820 is Quad-core custom 64-bit Qualcomm® Kryo™

18. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

They rushed to show the spec before lenovo revel it

19. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Fixed! Cheers! :)

16. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's not 5.19mm "thin" (thick) though is it? That camera looks like it adds about 2mm...

17. Shocky unregistered

That bottom bezel, not nice. Also that camera bump, wow.

20. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

The X Force last year also had uneven sized top and bottom bezels..

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