On October 15, all major retailers in the UAE will sell the new Moto flagship phones: Moto Z and Moto Z Play along with the modular add-ons called the Moto Mods. With the Moto Mods, Motorola phones take a big leap and place a firm footing in modular technology that other manufacturers are still only dabbling in or trying to figure out. You can easily snap a Moto Mod to the back of the phone transforming it into a high-end camera, a banging sound system, a brilliant projector or just a fancy case.
The Moto Mods family includes the awesome JBL SoundBoost speakers, functional Insta-Share Projector, useful power packs from Incipio, and the glorious Hasselblad True Zoom that’s will appeal to all smartphone photographers.
The new Moto Z is made from military aircraft-grade aluminium and stainless steel, is unbelievably thin but also durable at just 5.2mm with only an extra bump for a nice 13MP camera that comes with optical image stabilisation and laser autofocus said to help in taking stable photos even in low light. The front camera is a 5MP snapper that comes with a wide-angle lens and a flash to ensure your selfies are of professional standard. The Moto Z equips a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM with a choice of 32 GB or 64 GB storage and a microSD card slot.
The Moto Z comes with a water-repellant coating, which shields the phone from rain, splashes and spills. The fingerprint reader is responsive and the battery claims to last up to 30 hours and if you find that isn’t enough, snap on the TurboPower Mod that gives you an extra 8 hours in just 15 minutes.
Moto Z Play
In Moto Z Play we have a sleek phone designed with a solid aluminium frame and an elegant glass back that packs a whopping 50 hours of battery life, claiming to be Moto’s longest-lasting battery ever made. Of course when that also isn’t enough, the TurboPower Mod will come to your rescue adding 9 hours in just 15 minutes. The Moto Z Play has a 2GHz octa-core processor with a stunning 5.5-inch 1080p HD Super AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and a 16MP laser autofocus camera and the same front-facing camera as the Moto Z with a wide-angle lens and flash.
The Hasselblad Camera Mod
The Hasselblad Mod adds advanced imaging capabilities from a brand at the forefront of imaging technology. It features 10x Optical Zoom with a Xenon flash. It also allows you to go full pro with the ability to shoot in RAW format. Users are given a lot of control in comparison to your everyday smartphone camera. True Zoom will give you free access to Hasselblad’s Phocus software for streamlined editing control and high-quality output. You will also be able to share beautiful media thanks to automatic backup and unlimited free storage for two years with Google Photos.
The JBL Speaker Mod
The JBL SoundBoost Mod makes the Moto Z party-ready with brilliant stereo sound wherever you are. The in-built kickstand is convenient. The Mod is thick and you’d think that’s to stuff in the JBL technology but it comes built with 10 hours of battery so your phone’s battery stays as is.
The Moto Projector Mod
By far my favourite Mod is the Insta-Share Projector that snaps on and allows you to project videos and images on any wall or surface and goes up to a whopping 70 inches. The kickstand on this allows you to project in any angle and it also comes with a battery built-in so you’re never running out of charge on your phone.
Pricing and availability
The Moto Z family will be available in stores on October 15.
The Moto Z comes with the JBL SoundBoot Mod and Moto Style Mod at Dh2,599.
The Moto Z Play costs Dh1,999. The Moto Insta-Share Projector Mod is for Dh1,299, the Incipio Power Pack Mod Dh299, the JBL SoundBoost Mod Dh399 and the Hasselblad True Zoom Mod Dh999.
You can also choose two colours for the Moto Z: black and lunar grey or white and fine gold.