There is no denying the features in smartphones are impressive, but the human brain being what it is, there is always a need for more. As Points-of-Parity (POP) between smartphone manufacturers become more common with the same or very similar hardware and software components, the Points-of-Difference (POD) have to be more dramatic.
Motorola’s (NYSE:MSI) modular Moto Z phone has accomplished this by making some very utilitarian additions available as add-ons. Because, let’s face it, there really isn’t much more any smartphone maker can do to the base that will wow us. So the ability to add on features you want for your particular use is the next logical progression of this technology.
When you think about a smartphone, the most basic features we want more of are larger displays, better sound, longer battery life, better camera and different styles. Granted there are other options that could be improved upon, but give consumers more of these features and most of us will be happy.
Well, Lenovo has managed to makes these features available as add-ons on the Moto Z, and they were great first choices.
The Moto Z phone comes as a standard model and Moto Z Force version.
The standard Z has Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM; 32 or 64GB of storage with SD card expansion; a 5.5-inch, quad HD AMOLED display; 13-megapixel camera with f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilization; fingerprint scanner; a 2600mAh battery; and a very thin 5.2mm.
The Moto Z Force has most of the same features, but the camera is 21-megapixel, the battery has a 3,500mAh cell, the screen has a shatterproof capability and it comes in at 7mm.
As a flagship phone these features are enough to compete with any other brand, but the modular capability of the Moto Z is a true differentiator.
Modular Cell Phone
The process of removing and attaching a module had to be simple and quick, and what is more efficient than magnets when it comes to accomplishing this? So Lenovo used magnets for the modules. The magnets keep the module in place and communicate through nodes on the bottom back of the phone.
This module gives your smartphone a powerful stereo sound that comes with a built in battery to extend the output of the speaker for 10 hours; Lenovo really had their thinking cap on. It also has a built-in kickstand so you can watch a video and getter better output for the sound.
Transforming your smartphone into a projector with up to a 70″ display is a definite plus in today’s collaborative workforce, but you can also sneak a movie here and there. All you need is a flat surface and you can share videos, photos, presentations and more. Adjust the angle with the integrated kickstand and you are ready to watch anything.
Incipio offGRID Power Pack
The anxiety of running out of power is ever present with our smartphones. This module adds up to 22 hours of batter life without adding the bulk of similar items in the market, and just like the phone it can be charged wirelessly.
Moto Style Shells
We buy our smartphone with the same generic designs or colors and we quickly get tired of them. The style shells come in many different materials, textures, and fabrics to really customize your phone. There are more designs on the way, so the sky is the limit when it comes to this particular feature.
The Camera and Adventure Mod (rumored)
Lenovo hasn’t confirmed these modules, but enough images have surfaced to validate their existence.
The leaked photo of the Pro Camera Mod basically changes the phone into a compact point and shoot with a 10x optical zoom and an f3.4-5.6/28-25 mm lens attachment.
Adventure AMP Mod protects the phone so you can go underwater with it.
Lenovo hasn’t set the price for the modules, and the company has to be as diligent with setting the price as it was in creating these fantastic modules, let’s hope they get it right.