Lenovo has finally revealed its flagship Motorola Moto Z along with other Moto Z smartphones. The generations of smartphones created by Lenovo after its acquisition of Motorola has become very successful. The Moto Maker concept from Lenovo has allowed customers to customize their Motorola smartphones exactly how they wanted. But Lenovo hasn’t tried the similar concept in Moto Z droid.The Moto Z is one of two devices part of the Moto Z lineup.
The Motorola Moto Z is one of three devices part of the Moto Z lineup. The other two devices from Motorola were Motorola Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play. Moto droid Z force is near-identical to the Moto Z, and the only difference is Moto Z Force has a larger 3,500mAh battery, shatterproof display, and higher-resolution 21MP rear-facing camera. Let’s have more insights about Moto Z and top 5 reasons why to buy Moto Z than other smartphones?
Specifications of Motorola Moto Z
- Moto Z comes with 5.5″ AMOLED screen, QHD (1440×2560 / 535 ppi), Gorilla Glass,
- It is Water-resistant nano-coating (splash-proof but not submersible)
- The beast is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – dual-core 2.15 GHz Kyro & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kyro w/ Adreno 530, 4GB of RAM
- It comes in two variants: 32 or 64GB of internal storage, microSD expandable up to 2TB
- Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Moto Enhancements (Moto Voice, Moto Display, and Moto Actions)
- 13MP camera, f/1.8 aperture, 1.12-µm pixels, OIS, laser autofocus, dual-tone LED flash. 1080p video @ 30 or 60fps, 4K @ 30fps.
- 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle, front-facing LED flash
- Fingerprint sensor.
- 2,600 mAh battery, Moto 15W Turbo Charger USB.
Top 5 reasons why to buy Moto Z
Hardware and Design is the first impression of Moto Z is it is an amazing smartphone with a slimmer design and great hardware. Moto Z is incredibly thin and it’s the first thinnest premium smartphone. The main challenge is as the smartphone is thin, it is not comfortable in the hand. It is good to carry it with its style MOD on. Also with the style shell or back plate on, the camera lens no longer protrudes.
At the front, Moto Z comes with 5.5 inch AMOLED screen, QHD (1440×2560 / 535 ppi) and it is protected with Gorilla Glass. The shift of the fingerprint sensor to the front when compared to other smartphones like Huawei Honor 8, Asus Zenfone series is to accommodate Moto Mods. The right side of Moto Z comes with three hardware keys. That includes Volume rockers and a power button.
At the back of Motorola Moto Z-Droid is equipped with a rear camera. The rear camera is combined with dual LED flash. The back metal plate also features a pin-striped pattern not really seen on devices before. The lower backside of the phone has a bunch of pogo pins, connectors, and magnets which allow the handset to expand its functionalities by simply snapping on a Moto Mod. More details on Moto Mods will be covered in later posts.
At the front of the Motorola Moto Z smartphone, there is a 5MP selfie camera. The selfie camera of Moto Z has its corresponding LED flash. Remember, there’s no LED notification since the phone uses the entire screen to display your notifications via Moto Display.
The Motorola Moto Z features Motorola’s ‘Mobile Computing System’ which joins a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU (dual-core 2.15 GHz Kyro & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kyro) and Adreno 520 with a Natural Language Processor and Contextual Computing Processor. There is also a healthy 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Likewise, the Snapdragon 820 is quite the improvement over the CPU found in the Moto Z’s predecessor: the Moto X Pure Edition (A.K.A. Moto X Style), which sported a 6-core Snapdragon 808 CPU.
Next up with graphics, the Moto Z carries the Adreno 530 for hardware-intensive rendering, as do the other Snapdragon 820 phones of the bunch. The Main Con or disadvantage of Moto Z is it runs a bit warm when performing high-activity tasks like playing a hardware intensive game or updating a bunch of apps at once. The performance of Moto Z is incredible but Unfortunately, the super-thin design of the phone obviously has not allowed for a serious heat dissipation system to be put in place and it can get uncomfortably warm at times.
There is a lot of improvements in hardware when we compare Moto Z with is last year’s Moto X Style (Pure Edition). The other improvement in the case of the camera is with its f/1.8 aperture from last year’s f/2.0. The resolution went down from 21MP to 12MP in Moto Z. The other great improvement in the camera is upgrading from phase-detection autofocus to laser-autofocus. This upgrade will help in low-light photography and micro focusing.
There are many features in the camera including the native ability to scan barcodes and QR codes without needing to download 3rd party apps from the Play Store. There’s also a Professional Mode which gives the user control over camera settings like shutter speed, manual focus, and ISO.
The front-facing selfie 5MP camera is present at the front. It also comes with beauty mode and it blends the skin tones to hide imperfections. When comes to video recording, the Moto Z is capable of recording video in 1080p @ up to 60fps and 4K @ 30 fps. However, the mode that produces the smoothest looking video is 1080p @ 30fps since it’s both optically and digitally stabilized. Videos recorded in 60fps or 4K will be shaky if you don’t intend to use a tripod.
Moto Z is equipped with 2,600 mAh battery and it is not sufficient enough to caliber a device like Moto Z. The inner 2600 mAh battery is not fit for a smartphone with a top of the line CPU, 5.5-inch quad-HD screen, and Moto enhancements which offer value-added features thanks to: contextual motion and language sensors; In other words, too many things that may be detrimental to battery life, especially for a phone with this size battery.
Luckily there’s a 15-watt Turbo Charger included in the box, which brings the Moto Z up to 52% from a dead battery in 30 minutes. Also you have the feature to get a Moto Mod battery add on. Our tests with the Tumi 2,200mAh battery added a total of 60% to the life of the Moto Z when we docked it to the totally depleted Moto Z. The Moto Mod battery lasted 1:32h to completely deplete itself and charge the Moto Z.
The Moto Z launches alongside a new line of expandable accessories that offer a new type of expandability to the Moto Z lineup. These examples include things like expandable battery packs, a loud speaker for music, and even display mirroring (cue the Moto Mod Insta-Share projector).
When Moto Mods are “docked,” the phone vibrates and makes a sound confirm a successful coupling. If you are using the Moto Mod for the first time, you’ll be greeted with the corresponding welcome screens.
The docking is quite straightforward as the Moto Mod is attached via quite strong magnets to the phone so placing it wrong is out of the question. The JBL SoundBoost Speaker and Moto Insta-Share Projector both have their own integrated batteries.
Motorola Moto Z Review
Motorola Moto Z Summary
Motorola Moto Z is a good smartphone with a decent look and noticeable performance. You should consider this one if you love Motorola devices.