Motorola & # 39; s Moto Z4 keeps the dream of Moto Mod alive

Motorola has officially announced the Moto Z4, the thoroughly leaked (and even accidentally sent!) Successor to last year's Moto Z3. And yes, the company still maintains its strategy of modular Moto Mod attachments.


As can be expected, the Z4 is essentially an improved version of last year's Moto Z3. The basic design is still the same: the phone is a glass sandwich with POGO pins on the back for clicking on the Mods. Motorola has followed recent telephone trends by cutting away the edges on the front in favor of a tear-shaped notch and a 19: 9 OLED panel.

Moreover, Motorola has also reversed some changes it made to the Z3 and that people did not find particularly good. The smaller 3,000 mAh battery on last year's Z3 has been upgraded to a 3600 mAh battery at the expense of making the Z4 slightly thicker. (Motorola says that the battery should continue to consist of a single charge for about two days, although of course we will test that claim in realistic circumstances.) There is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is nice.

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In terms of specifications, the Z4 has a Snapdragon 675 processor, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage (which can be updated via microSD). It is a midrange processor, a step back from previous generations of Moto Z telephones, which had featured the top class 800 series processors from Qualcomm. Presumably the change here will help Motorola to keep the price on the Z4 and extend the battery life due to the less demanding chip.

Motorola has also overhauled the camera & # 39; s: the dual lens system on the rear camera has been replaced by a single 48-megapixel shooter, which performs 12-megapixel shots by combining four pixels together into one larger pixel (a strategy that is too can be seen on various recent smartphones, including the recently announced Moto One Vision). Also borrowed from the One Vision is a special night mode, which promises a pixel-like power to illuminate darker images. The company has also upgraded the forward-looking lens from an 8-megapixel sensor on the Z3 to a 25-megapixel lens on the Z4.

Regarding the Moto Mods, Motorola doesn't actually have a new one for the Z4, although it is compatible with all the previous Moto Mods out there, including Motorola's 5G Moto Mod with which the Z4 works with Verizon's 5G network (assuming you live somewhere in the still very limited coverage areas). Given that there are few 5G phones on the market, the Z4 is one of the few options available that supports the next-gen network standard.

The Moto Z4 comes with Android 9 Pie, which in Motorola style is an almost standard version of the operating system with a few improvements at the top, such as the movements of Moto Actions that actually contribute to Google's experience.


The Moto Z4 will be available for Verizon from June 13 for $ 499.99, although the company offers a temporary deal for new lines that offer the phone $ 10 a month for 24 months and the 5G Moto Mod $ 199.99. (That together comes to $ 439.99 for the phone and Mod.) Verizon also offers free 5G service for Moto Z4 customers with the 5G mod in its Verizon Above Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited subscriptions

Alternatively, if you are not a Verizon customer, Motorola will also sell an unlocked version of the Z4 for $ 499.99 from June 6 in a bundle with the 360-degree Moto Mod camera at Best Buy, B & H and Amazon.

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