Motorola Moto Z: Price, release date, specs and news

Information verified correct on December 10th, 2016

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Motorola's Moto Z sports a premium smartphone design and attachments that are more than just a modular gimmick.

The promise of the modular phone has been around for years with Google's Project Ara kicking off interest in the concept before LG launched this year's G5 smartphone. But while Google shelved Project Ara and LG's G5 hasn't quite lived up to expectations, Motorola's Moto Z platform looks to deliver a comprehensive ecosystem of interchangeable features alongside a powerful Android smartphone.

The Moto Z family, which consists of the flagship Moto Z and the more affordable (and slightly thicker) Moto Z Play, are decent enough smartphones in themselves. Thanks to a clever magnetic system on the back of the phone modular attachments can be seamlessly added to the phone to add premium functionality to the device. With attachments created in association with third party companies like Hasselblad and JBL, Motorola aims to build a comprehensive ecosystem for its hardware.

Motorola Moto Z: What is it?

The Moto Z is the flagship device in the Moto Z family. Measuring just 5.2mm thick for the core phone, it is comfortably one of the slimmest smartphones you can ever wrap your hands around. The reason for this slim design is obvious when you look at any of the Moto Z Mods, which add considerable bulk to the phone, though not so much to become unwieldy.

In order to create the new interchangeable ecosystem, Motorola's engineers had to change up some of the internals of the phone. While the Moto Z houses a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen and Snapdragon 820 processor, the antenna has been redesigned to avoid dropping out when a metallic mod is attached, while Motorola added liquid cooling to keep things manageable.

While the phone itself is impressive, the key feature here is the selection of mods on offer to completely change up the functionality of the device. A dedicated Hasselblad camera mod, for example, turns your phone into a serious camera with a 10x optical zoom lens, dedicated shutter button and xenon flash. A JBL SoundBoost mod, meanwhile, adds a powerful speaker system and additional battery life to your phone for parties or barbecues, while the Moto Insta-share Projector lets you project your phone's screen up to 70-inches on any wall you can find, with no complicated cable or connection setup.

Motorola Moto Z: Australian release date

The Moto Z will launch in Australia on 13 October, 2016. Customers will be able to buy the phone from Motorola's online store, or via Harvey Norman, The Good Guys or Officeworks stores around the country.

Motorola Moto Z: Price

Despite the Moto Z's flagship status, Motorola has still managed to keep the RRP under the $1,000 mark at $999, although it's important to remember that the cost of the phone doesn't include any of the Moto Mod attachments.

If the asking price of the Moto Z is too high but you still want to enjoy the Mod scene, the $699 Moto Z Play offers much of the same functionality with a slightly thicker design and bigger battery.

Motorola modelPrice
Motorola Moto Z$999
Motorola Moto Z Play$699
Motorola X Force$599

Moto Mods: Price

Moto Mods

Pricing

JBL® SoundBoost Speaker

$159

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera

$399

Instashare Projector

$429

Incipio off GRID Power Pack: Espresso Black or White

$119

Incipio off GRID Power Pack: Espresso Wireless Black or White

$139

Style caps: Black Leather

$39

Style caps:  Herringbone Fabric, Charcoal Ash, Crimson Ballistic Nylon Fabric, Silver Oak and Washed Oak

$29

Motorola Moto Z: Specifications

Motorola Moto Z
Storage
 64GB with expandable microSD up to 2TB
Screen size
 5.5inch
Resolution
 2560 x 1440
Rear camera
 13MP
Front camera 5MP
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 2.2HHz quad-core CPU/Adreno 530 GPU
Display density
 535ppi
Battery
 2600 mAh
ColoursBlack with Lunar Gray, White with Fine Gold

There's certainly no restriction on the specs of the Moto Z, even before you consider Moto Mods. While it would have been easy for Motorola to skimp on things like the phone's integrated camera or battery life, it appears, from specs at least, that they have delivered a top-end phone.

Also worth considering

Motorola's Moto Z offers a fairly unique experience in today's crowded smartphone marketplace. While the LG G5 offered a modular ecosystem earlier this year, the implementation was clunkier than Motorola's offering. And while other major players are yet to enter the modular smartphone space, there are still plenty of solid offerings worth considering if the Moto Z isn't quite right for you.

  LG G5 LG_G52_450 LG’s G5 kickstarted the modular accessory design for smartphones . The ability to switch out the battery and add in a dedicated camera module, or a B&O amplifier offers slightly different approach to the Moto Z, though interesting enough to make it one of this year's stand out devices. 

Store Store description Phone Price
Cheapest Price
Free standard shipping to metro areas sitewide. LG G5 32 GB
$639.00
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Samsung Galaxy S7 GalaxyS7_450 Samsung’s 2016 flagship is still the phone to beat in 2016. It may not be modular, but with it’s incredible screen, impressive camera and fantastic battery life the Galaxy S7 still stands out in today's market. It also has a bit of competition from its slightly edgier brother, the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Store Store description Phone Price
Cheapest Price
Free standard shipping to metro areas sitewide. Samsung Galaxy S7 32 GB
$709.00
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Free Kogan SIM card with device purchase. Samsung Galaxy S7 32 GB
$739.00
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Fast shipping: Item leaves warehouse in 1-2 days Samsung Galaxy S7 32 GB
$739.00
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Free shipping for orders over $300. 12-month Standard Warranty included. Samsung Galaxy S7 32 GB
$804.99
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Free express delivery to most metro areas, 14 day change of mind and 24/7 parcel tracking. Samsung Galaxy S7 32 GB
$1,148.99
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HTC 10 HTC 10 HTC has made a habit of creating well-designed smartphones that are big on features and performance. While the HTC 10 doesn’t quite live up to the benchmarks set by Samsung’s Galaxy S7, it is still an excellent option for anyone looking for a flagship device in 2016.

Store Store description Phone Price
Cheapest Price
Free Kogan SIM card with device purchase. HTC 10 32 GB
$749.00
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Fast shipping: Item leaves warehouse in 1-2 days HTC 10 32 GB
$749.00
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Free shipping for orders over $300. 12-month Standard Warranty included. HTC 10 32 GB
$804.99
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