Chinese manufacturer Lenovo announced the Moto Z range - a new range of modifiable handsets at their San Francisco Lenovo Tech World 2016 summit.
The Moto Z and Moto Z force add-ons will clip on magnetically and the range includes speakers, a media projector, a battery pack and a range of cases. While currently less diverse than the also modular LG G5, uniquely the Moto Z range will allow third parties to design, manufacture and sell their own add-ons.
Also unique to the range is the lack of a headphone jack, meaning when it is released in September it will become the first flagship handset not to include a 3.5mm headphone jack. This just about gazumps iPhone 7 which launches later this year and is also rumoured to not feature the universal audio port.
Mobile Choice editor Sunetra Chakravarti gave Mobile her reaction to the handsets saying, ‘It’s a fantastically designed flagship, it will beat the iPhone 7 to the punch in terms of USB type C replacing the headphone jack and it’s the clear modular handset the LG G5 should have been.
With growing consumer awareness and support for modular designs, it appears LG and Google’s Project Ara may have done the legwork in promoting the concept, only for the Moto Z to ride in on their coat tails and take the glory.’
About the handset
Describing why Lenovo chose to produce this device, the company stated: “We envision a world where people are not limited by what their smartphone manufacturer provides at one point in time. Instead, we believe people should be empowered to choose the capabilities of their smartphone.”
The phones feature a 5.5” Quad HD AMOLED display, a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32 GB or 64 GB of storage inside.