Moto Z Family Expanding? What? More MotoMods?
The Motorola Z and Z force launched at Lenovo Tech World to much applaud from tech media around the world. The main reasons were the streamlining of the device with only a “Droid Edition” planned for Verizon and the announcement of MotoMods, Moto’s approach to modularity.
However, it seems like there maybe an addition to the Moto Z line up coming. Taking a similar approach to their recently launched Moto G(4) and the previous Moto X line up, it looks like the Moto Z Play will soon be joining its siblings.
According to a leak from HelloMotoHK, there are 3 versions of the Moto Z: Vector thin and Vector maxx and Vertex. We’ve already seen the Vector thin and Vector maxx with the launch of the Z and Z Force. However, we’ve not yet seen an official version of the Vertex. It could be speculated that the Vertex device may be an international version of the Z. However, it more likely that it’ll be the watered down version of the Z, the Moto Z Play. If previous patterns are any indication, we may see a less powerful processor, possibly a Snapdragon 615 processor with 2 or 3GB of RAM to bring down the price point of the Moto Z Play.
In addition to the Vertex (Moto Z Play) leak, HelloMotoHK also reveals a slew of new MotoMods which look to be headed for prime time. In the leaked images, we see the already released Moto InstaShare Projector, the JBL SoundBoost Speaker and battery packs from Kate Spade New York and TUMI but in addition to those, we have pictures of a “Pro Camera AMP”, “Adventure AMP”, “Stereo AMP”, “Theatre AMP”, “Power AMP” and “Style AMP”.
It’s likely that we’ve already seen the “stereo AMP” and “Theatre AMP” with the release of the InstaShare Projector and JBL SoundBoost as well as the “Power AMP” and “Style AMP” with the battery packs and shells which Moto revealed at Lenovo Tech World. That leaves the “Pro Camera AMP” and “Adventure AMP” which have yet to be released. The former looks like a MotoMod that looks to extend the camera functionality of the Moto Z lineup giving it DSLR-like functionality while the latter looks to make the phone waterproof and more rugged.
The most interesting revelation is one of the MotoMods that was revealed at the Lenovo Tech World floor – OneCompute. The OneCompute looks to be Moto’s take on Microsoft’s Continuum. It extends the functionality of the Android platform to be able to function on a full monitor natively without the user having to fumble around the OS for settings. The OneCompute system brings a version of Android that fits seamlessly on the larger display.
It looks like Moto is gearing up for a very big move into the mobile and productivity space with Moto Z and the MotoMods. We’ll just have to wait to see what they bring in the next few months and more importantly if it makes it to Malaysia.