After Motorola announced the fourth generation of the Moto G, we were obviously curious to find out something about their upcoming flagship as well. Since last year we had two Moto X models, we initially believed that we’ll see the same scenario this year, but the Lenovo-owned manufacturer seems to have other plans!
The biggest change will be the name. Yes, in order to mark the release of the first flagship under Lenovo management, the Moto X brand will be left behind and the handset will be introduced as Motorola Moto Z.
Yes, this name change might be a surprise, but from another point of view, it’s something normal. Also, it’s not the first time this happens this year! HTC ditched “One” and opted just for “10”, while Sony switched from Xperia Z to Xperia X.
Motorola Moto Z release date
The phone is expected to be introduced on June 9, according to a teaser Motorola posted on their YouTube account. Also, it seems that we will see multiple variants of the phone after all! A couple of sources were pointing to two iterations of the Moto Z, going by the name of Vector Thin and Vertex, the first one being the Moto Z Style, while the second is the Moto Z Play.
Motorola Moto Z Specs
Spec-wise, we don’t know that much about the upcoming Moto Zs, but both of them should sport 5.5” AMOLED displays, the difference being the resolution. To be more specific, the Moto Z Style will use a QHD panel, with 2560 x 1440 pixels, while the Play will rely on full HD. The differences should continue in terms of what’s under the hood as well, with the Motorola Moto Z Style being powered by a Snapdragon 820, clocked at 2.0 GHz, alongside 3 or 4 GB of RAM, while the Moto Z Play will use a Snapdragon 645 chip, with 2 GB of RAM.
If we’re allowed to take some wild guesses, we should see the spec sheet completed by a microSD card slot, a fingerprint scanner, 13 MP rear camera with a couple of extra gimmicks, USB Type-C and, hopefully, wireless and quick charging.
However, the most interesting aspect about these phones is rumored to be the modular metallic design, revealed by a couple of leaked images which were showing 16 pins on the back of the phone. This seems to be another new trend among top smartphone manufacturers, with LG already using it on the G5 and Google making big progress with the ARA project.
The Moto Z will use “MotoMods”, which allows users to switch between modular backplates to the phone, like a projector, stereo speakers or even a premium camera grip. This list of modular attachments might seem small now, but we’re absolutely convinced that a lot more of them will be announced during the official launch event.
For the moment, this is pretty much everything we know about Motorola’s upcoming flagship, but more and more details about the handset should be made available as the launch date is getting closer. Until then, we would like to know what are your thoughts on this name change and the rumored specs.