Motorola Moto Z review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Quick Verdict

Motorola wants you to make your own phone with the modular Moto Z, but it has a way to go to prove the platform is worth the investment.

The good

  • Thin design
  • Lots of flexibility with moto mods
  • Good performance for a phone of its era

The bad

  • Adding moto mods can quickly get expensive
  • Ordinary battery life
  • Weird button placement

Motorola Moto Z at a glance
When does the Moto Z come out? Available from October 2016
What’s new about the Moto Z? moto mod compatibility, Snapdragon 820 processor
How much does the Moto Z cost? Originally $999 outright

Motorola's original moto mod compatible handset introduced modular accessories to the world – a premium approach that the company has stuck with for its premium phones.

Go back a little over 10 years and you’ll remember that Motorola (alongside Nokia) ruled the mobile world. The RAZR was an icon of personal communication, with its thin design and robust flip build quality, years before Steve Jobs announced the iPhone.

The company has been bought and sold by Google since those days and is now owned by Lenovo. Motorola pinned its hopes to the modular ecosystem for hardware that was built into the Moto Z and Moto Z Play as well as newer handsets like the Moto Z2 Play and Moto Z3 Play.

Launching alongside some pretty impressive first- and third-party modular attachments, the Moto Z was designed to try and accommodate a simple, intuitive modular ecosystem. For the most part it succeeds, with an intelligent system that comes with impressive mod attachments, though the cumulative costs can be prohibitive.

Design

  • Thin design
  • It's all about the mods
  • Weird button placement

Camera

  • Standard camera is ordinary
  • Hasselblad mod is much better, but it's a pricey mod.

Performance

  • Snapdragon 820 gives it enough power
  • Moto actions are practical and fun

Battery life

  • 2600 mAh battery

Verdict

  • A pioneer in modular phones, but one that is definitely showing its age.

Pricing and availability

Motorola Moto Z

Motorola's stylish Moto Z

The Motorola Moto Z combines distinct style with camera power to make an exceptional smartphone.

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  • The Motorola Moto Z originally sold in Australia for $699 outright.
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OS Android 6
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 2560 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 535
Processor Snapdragon 820
Height (mm) 155.3
Width (mm) 75.3
Depth (mm) 5.2
Weight (g) 136
Battery size (mAh) 2,600
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 13
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 636
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
MSM8937
5.7
1440 x 720
32GB
Motorola Moto E5
Motorola Moto E5
Snapdragon 425
5.7
1440 x 720
16GB
Snapdragon 450
5.7
2160 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 630
5.9
2180 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 626
5.5
1920 × 1080
64GB
MT6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
MTK 6737M
5
854 × 480
16GB
Snapdragon 617
5.5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Snapdragon 430
5
1920 x 1080
16GB
Snapdragon 625
5.2
1920 x 1080
16GB
32GB
Snapdragon 625
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 820
5.5
2560 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 410
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 810
5.4
2560 x 1440
32GB

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