Lenovo-owned Motorola has announced the Moto Z smartphone which looks to take modular components mainstream with its 'Moto Mods' accessory system.
The Moto Z was unveiled during Lenovo World 2016 alongside the world's first Project Tango smartphone, with Motorola boasting that it's the "world's thinnest premium smartphone" at 5.19mm thick.
The Moto Z's standout feature, though, is its Moto Mod attachments, Motorola's new LG G5-style accessory system arrives in the form of magnetic 'backpack' attachments that connect to the 16 pogo pins on the back of the smartphone.
So far, there's a speaker module from JBL, a projector, a battery add-on and customisable back panels in wood and leather.
The Moto Z has a 5.5in QHD AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage. There's a microSD slot in the metal frame allowing up to 256GB of additional storage, along with a fingerprint sensor and a 'water-repellent coating'.
Perhaps one of the Moto Z's most interesting features, or lack of, is that there's no 3.5mm headphone jack, beating Apple's iPhone 7 to it. Instead, it comes with a USB Type-C connection, and Motorola will chuck in a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter.
You'll also find Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow software, a 2,600mAh battery, a13MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation and laser autofocus, and a 5MP wide-angle camera on the front.
Motorola also announced the Moto Z Force aimed at the more clumsy fingered. Improving on its sibling, this offers a second-generation Moto ShatterShield which makes the screen 'unbreakable', according to Motorola.
The handset is thicker than the regular Moto Z at 6.9mm, and has a higher-resolution 21MP rear camera and a beefier 3,500mAh battery.
The Moto Z and Z Force will launch in the US on Verizon this summer but won't arrive in the UK until September. There's no word on prices just yet. µ
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