Motorola Moto Z

Motorola has finally launched its modular smartphone Moto Z in India. Priced at Rs 39,999 the handset offers a good design and powerful specifications. It also comes with an interesting set of modifications to enhance user experience. We spent some time with the Moto Z and here are our first impressions.

Design
With the Moto Z, Motorola has taken the term ‘thinnest’ to the next level. We were quite impressed with its design. The handset comes with a stainless steel frame measuring 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.19mm and feels wafer-thin. It is light in weight as compared to its competitors. While the power and volume buttons are placed on the right, the SIM tray is located at the top. The 3.5mm audio jack is however missing with a USB Type C connector at the bottom. The rear panel has a protruding 13MP camera with dual flash and magnets for clasping different ‘mods’ on the device. The company is offering four different ‘mods’ with the device to enhance user experience (You will read more about ‘mods’ in our detailed review).
The front panel has a 5MP selfie camera on the top and a fingerprint sensor to unlock the device.

Display
The Moto Z features a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a 2560×1440 pixel resolution. The screen is also protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla glass. The display is sharp and vibrant therefore offering a good colour reproduction. Viewing angles are decent and so is its visibility under the sun.

Software
The device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and offers stock- Android experience similar to other Motorola devices. The presence of an app drawer keeps the home screen clutter-free.

Hardware
Powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Moto Z is backed by a 4GB RAM and 642GB internal storage expandable to 2TB via a microSD card. Apart from a USB Type C connector which doubles up as a headphone port, it sports a 2,600 mAh battery with ‘Turbo’ charging support.
For the limited time we used Moto Z, the device heated up after moderate usage, which can be attributed to its all-metal body as of now. However, it handled everything else without issues.

Camera
The Moto Z is equipped with a 13MP rear and a 5MP front camera both coming in with an LED flash. They produced decent images under normal lighting conditions. The camera app offers various modes and filters to make pictures look even better. However, if you a photography enthusiast, you can opt for the Hasselblad True Zoom mod which features a 10x optical zoom with Xenon flash, an ability to shoot in RAW format , a physical shutter, and zoom controls. It allows a user to edit images in Hasselblad’s Phocus software.