Moto Z First Impressions Review: The Best of Motorola, Powered by Moto Mods

The Moto Z. (Image: Debashis Sarkar/

The Moto Z. (Image: Debashis Sarkar/

The true prowess of the Moto Z is felt only with the Moto Mods. Without the add on Mods, the Moto Z is just another flagship, boasting an innovative design.


Debashis Sarkar

The latest flagship Moto Z from Lenovo-owned Motorola can easily be termed as one of the best smartphones of 2016. Not because of its looks or the hardware specifications, but clearly for the innovation Motorola has introduced with Moto Mods.

While the concept of modular smartphones has been around for quite some time, Motorola seems to have mastered the design, at least for now.

The LG G5 was the first modular smartphone, launched earlier this year. It looked quirky, but somehow couldn't excel in modularity, the Moto Z seems have got everything right. After spending some time with the device, here is our initial impressions. Full review shortly.


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What's New?

The Moto Z is the slimmest smartphone at just 5.19 mm thin. It is so thin that Motorola couldn't fit in a 3.5mm headphone jack. Thankfully, Motorola is offering a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter out-of-the-box.

The highlight of the device has to be Moto Mods. Motorola has added a 16-pin (23 carat gold plated) Moto Mod connector. The separate Moto Mods come with magnets and gets attached at the back of the Moto Z.

There are four Moto Mods available with both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play - Insta-Share Projector, JBL SoundBoost, Incipio OffGrid PowerPack and Hasselblad True Zoom Mod. Motorola is also offering a couple of back covers.

The JBL SoundBoost is basically additional JBL speakers attached at the back. This is good enough to replace any Bluetooth speaker. Also, there is a stand, which can be pulled out to make the device stand while you are watching movies.


The Incipio OffGrid PowerPack is an additional power bank that can be attached to smartphone. The Hasselblad True Zoom Mod is a digicam made by Hasselblad that attaches to the rear of the Moto Z. It offers 10X optical zoom and uses the smartphone's display as the viewfinder. The device comes with water-repellent coating and can withstand spills.


The Moto Z offers a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at a pixel density of 535ppi. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It has a 5-megapixel wide angle f/2.2 front camera with LED Flash along with a 13-megapixel f/1.8 rear camera with dual LED Flash and OIS.

It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for up to 2TB microSD cards. The device is backed by a 2,600mAh battery, and Motorola claims a day of battery life.

Moto Z Mods

First impressions

The true prowess of the Moto Z is felt only with the Moto Mods. Without the add-on Mods, the Moto Z is just another flagship, boasting an innovative design. The best part of the device is the fact that Motorola has integrated the entire Moto Mod experience within stock Android Marshmallow itself. There is no additional apps to power the extra hardware at the back.


The Moto Z along with Moto Mods seem futuristic and offers the convenience modular smartphones should ideally deliver. However, a lot depends on whether consumers are willing to shell out extra money for the Mods. Stay tuned to this space for the full review. The Moto Z is priced at Rs 39,999 and it will be available starting October 17, 2016 in India on Motorola's e-commerce partners.

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