Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Specifications, Australian pricing and availability

Alex Kidman 10 June 2016


Lenovo has taken the modular approach with its latest smartphones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.

Lenovo isn’t known in Australia as a phone brand, although it has large presence under that brand in many international markets. It also owns the Motorola brand, having acquired it from Google some time back, and it’s the Motorola branded-devices that we tend to see in Australia.

Motorola has just announced two new premium handsets – the Moto Z and Moto Z Force – that borrow the modular thinking behind the LG G5; in Motorola’s case it’s calling them "Moto Mods". Where the LG G5 requires battery removal from the base of the phone, Moto Mods are more akin to case backs that snap onto the Moto Z and Moto Z Force via strong magnets.

At launch there will be a battery Mod, speaker Mod and even a projector Mod, alongside more traditional "style" based backs that are effectively cases. The key difference between Motorola’s approach and LG’s is that Moto Mods should be hot swappable, so you don’t have to have the phone off to add or remove one, which is a definite drawback to the LG G5’s battery-centric approach.

Both the Moto Z and Moto Z force use Snapdragon 820 processors, which should put them on par with similar phones such as the LG G5 and HTC 10, as well as certain international versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Both phones charge over USB-C type connectors, and both omit regular headphone jacks in favour of bundling a USB-C to headphone jack adaptor, or presuming folks will use Bluetooth headphones instead.

The Moto Z Force differentiates itself from the regular Moto Z via the inclusion of a higher megapixel camera, larger capacity battery and a more protective screen that Motorola dubs ShatterShield. The idea for ShatterShield is that if you drop your phone on its face, the screen can’t crack, saving you from what is always a rather expensive repair unless you’ve got phone insurance in place.

Motorola hasn’t indicated pricing yet for either the Motorola Moto Z or Moto Z Force, but it expects them to ship internationally starting in September. Here are the core specifications for each model:

LenovoMoto ZMoto Z Force
OSAndroid 6.0.1Android 6.0.1
Screen size5.5in5.5in
Display density534ppi534ppi
ProcessorSnapdragon 820Snapdragon 820
Rear camera13MP21MP
Front camera5MP5MP

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2 Responses to Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Specifications, Australian pricing and availability

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    peter | October 20, 2016

    Will the “strong magnets” on the Moto Z Force damage the magnetic strip of my credit cards if both the phone and credit cards are in my pocket?

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      Jason | October 20, 2016

      Hi Peter.

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Any magnet may damage your credit card if the it’s strong enough and the exposure is long enough. It would be advisable to keep them away from each other just to be on the safe side.


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