In Lenovo’s most groundbreaking announcement so far, the company revealed their latest flagship smartphones, the Moto Z and Z Force. Aside from differences in thickness, both phones are identical and can be mistook for one another very easily.
The Moto Z features a 2600 mAh battery and a 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Laser Autofocus and a dual-LED flash. The front is a 5MP camera with a wide angle lens and all of this is packed into a very slim 5.2mm design.
The Moto Z Force on the other hand is powered by a 3500 mAh battery and a superior 21MP camera with phase detection auto-focus and an f/1.8 aperture size in addition to the features found on the Moto Z. In true Motorola fashion the “Force” moniker also indicates a shatter-proof display at the expense of being a bit thicker at 7mm.
Both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 820 CPU and 4GB of RAM and feature 5.5″ AMOLED displays with “Active Display” functionality. A fingerprint sensor is found on the front of the device and both smartphones are charged via USB-C, offering significantly faster charge speeds utilizing “Turbo” charging functionality.
The most significant omission on both devices is the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack with the only way to use current headphones being to use the USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter that comes with both devices out of the box.
With the flagships, Lenovo has also focused on modularity with both phones being compatible with various peripherals to enhance audio, power and multimedia consumption. The company urges developers to produce their own custom peripherals for the devices as well but for consumers who prefer to stay away from such customization, Lenovo also offers shells to change the appearance of either the Moto Z or Z Force without adding extra features.
While both phones seem promising, they will only be available sometime in September and will be exclusive to Verizon in the USA with unlocked versions available globally. With such a large gap between announcement and release, it is surprising why Lenovo did not opt to include more powerful hardware such as the Snapdragon 823 chipset, which will inevitably be the benchmark for flagships in a few months. Lenovo may be targeting pricing with their latest flagships and if the company is able to provide these flagships at a price significantly less than competitors, the devices may become a massive success.