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Motorola is Back; Launches Moto Z, Moto Z Play and the Moto Mods

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Moto Z

Motorola is gunning for a major comeback to the Philippine market with the launch of the Moto Z, the Moto Z Play, and the Moto Mods.

The highlight of the series is the interchangeable Moto Mods accessories — the company’s take on “modular smartphones.” And surprisingly, it works really well.

Moto Z

Dubbed as the thinnest smartphone, the Moto Z is the company’s flagship model and features a premium build and an elegant design. Under the hood you’ll find a 1.8GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and an Adreno 530 graphics chip. Photography is handled by a 12MP camera, equipped with an f/1.8 lens, laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and a dual LED flash. While the 5MP front camera should be enough for most selfie enthusiasts with its f/2.2 lens.

Moto Z

The main draw of the Moto Z is its modularity via the Moto Mods. You can attach different accessories at the back panel to enhance its functionalities.

The rest of the phone’s key specs include the Moto Mods connector, a fingerprint sensor, a generous 32GB base storage, NFC, a USB Type-C port and water repellent nano coating.

The Moto Z retails for P33,999 and comes with a free Moto Style Shell Moto Mod accessory.

Also Read: Moto PH Teases Moto Z on Facebook, Instagram

Moto Z Key Specs:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED Display (2560 x 1440; 535 ppi)
  • 1.8GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 32/64GB Storage +microSD slot up to 256GB
  • 13MP Main Camera w/ f1.8, Laser Autofocus, OIS, Dual LED Flash
  • 5MP Front Camera w/ f2.2, LED Flash
  • LTE
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • GPS, AGPS, GLONASS
  • USB Type-C
  • NFC
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Water Repellent Nano Coating
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • 2,600 mAh Battery (Turbo Power Charging)
  • Dimensions: 6.04 x 2.96 x 0.20 in
  • P33,999

Moto Z Play

The Moto Z Play is the company’s mid range offering. Slightly thicker than the Moto Z, the Play features similar design elements and the same impressive build. Inside you’ll find a 2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with a 3GB LPDDR3 RAM and an Adreno 506 graphics chip. The main camera uses a 16MP sensor with an f/2.0 lens, laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus, and a dual LED flash. Sadly, there is no OIS on this model. Going back, the 5MP front camera comes with a front facing flash and a 85-degree wide angle lens.

Moto Z Play

The rest of the key specs include a fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C port, NFC, water repellent nano coating and a large 3,510 mAh battery with Turbo Power fast charging.

The Moto Z Play retails for P22,999 and comes with a Moto Style Shell Moto Mods accessory.

Moto Z Play Key Specs:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED Display (1080 x 1920; 403 ppi)
  • 2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 32GB Storage +microSD slot up to 256GB
  • 16MP Main Camera w/ f/2.0, Laser Autofocus, PDAF, Dual LED Flash
  • 5MP Front Camera w/ LED Flash, Wide Angle Lens
  • LTE
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • GPS, AGPS
  • USB Type-C
  • NFC
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Water Repellent Nano Coating
  • 3,510 mAh Battery (Turbo Power Charging)
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Dimension: 6.16 x 3.01 x 0.28 in
  • P22,999

Moto Mods

Moto Mods is the company’s take on modular smartphones and supports both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play, and its succeeding phones in the future. Aside from the Moto Style Shell (which is basically just a stylized back cover), Motorola has four Moto Mods that add or enhance the phones’ current functions.

These Moto Mods are:

  • Moto Style Shell – Stylized back covers that attaches via strong magnets. Priced at P699 for the Herringbone and Crimson Nylon covers, and P999 for the Black Leather.
  • Incipio offGRID Power Pack – A 2,200 mAh battery pack by Incipio that adds up to 22 more hours of power. It adds some thickness to the phone. Retails for P4,999.
  • JBL Soundboost Speaker Mod – JBL powered speaker mod with 10 hours of battery life. It integrates directly via the mods connectors and comes wiht a kickstand. Retails for P5,499.
  • True Zoom – Adds 10x optical zoom. It comes with its own 12MP sensor with OIS/EIS, a dedicated shutter button and a Xenon flash. Retails for P14,099.
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector – A small projector that projects up to a 70-inch image on any flat surface. Has a 1 hour battery life and an integrated kickstand. Retails for P14,999.

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The Moto Z, Moto Z Play, and the Moto Mods are available at selected MemoXpress and Silicon Valley outlets at the SM North EDSA, SM Megamall and the SM Mall of Asia

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