Motorola Moto Z Release Date, Specs, Reviews and Price in Pakistan

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Motorola’s Moto Z Smartphone is all set to be launched in Pakistan on February 17 at a Price of around 70k to 90k rupees. The smartphone will have a 5MP front and 13MP back camera with Snapdragon 820 processor.

The launch will be followed by two more Motorola Smartphones launches including Moto Z Play and Moto M.

The Moto Z is likely to be water repellent and have a metal body design.

All Moto Z smartphones with official Modular Upgrades
All Moto Z smartphones with official Modular Upgrades

Acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo:

Motorola is no longer a subsidiary of Google Inc. The company was acquired by Lenovo in 2014. Hence, all smartphones launched after the acquisition are a product of Lenovo.

Let us get back to Moto Z review.

New Features: Moto Z Mods

Unlike other smartphones, Motorola has added a new feature to Moto Z smartphones called ‘mods’ – an add-on for smartphones.

By using Moto Z mods, users can transform their smartphones from a mere phone to a high-quality digital camera, a screen projector, a stereo speaker and/or a battery power house.

Sadly, the price of Mods is not integrated into the cost of the phone at the moment. However, Lenovo, which bought Motorola a few years ago, has promised that the new smartphones (Moto Z Play and Moto M) in the Moto Z category will be able to use the same mods.

A Moto Z Camera Mod on display
A Moto Z Camera Mod on display

Release Date

Lenovo will be launching the Moto Z Smartphones in Pakistan on February 17, 2017. Almost every online mobile store in Pakistan will start stocking the Moto Z smartphone once it is made available.

Design of Moto Z Smartphone on display
Design of Moto Z Smartphone on display

The price of Moto Z Smartphone in Pakistan is likely to be between 70,000 to 90,000 rupees. The exact price is not yet available because the smartphone has not been released in the market. In the US, however, Moto Z smartphone is available for $650.

Moto Z Specs

CPU: 2.2 GHz quad-core Kryo

GPU: Adreno 530

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (upgradeable to Android 7.0 Nougat)

Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE

Design: Water-repellant coating; Moto Mods; Fingerprint scanner

Display: 5.5” Super AMOLED with Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution

Memory:

RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4

Internal: 32, 64 GB UFS

Card slot: yes, up to 256 GB

Camera:

Primary: 13MP, f/1.8, laser/phase-detection AF, OIS, Dual-Tone LED flash, video@4K 30fps, HDR, Slo-mo videos

Secondary: 5MP wide-angle lens with LED Flash, f/2.2, 1.4um pixels

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, Wi-Fi ac, A-GPS, USB Type-C

Battery: 2600 mAh, Turbo Power fast-charging supported

Price: Rs. 75,000-90,000

Review:

A metallic body design, fingerprint scanner, and a water-repellent casing is nothing out of the ordinary these days because every new smartphone is being launched with these features. The place where Moto Z has an edge is in the form of Mods. No phone until now has been launched with official mods. Even though there are many mods available for smartphones, these are just accessories that cannot be controlled using the software.

There was an idea of a modular smartphone by Google a few months back, which was named as project ‘Ara’. However, after stumpy demand, the project was officially abandoned by the search engine team.

Thereafter, bringing something similar in the market is both daring yet distinctively an appreciable gesture by Lenovo and Motorola. It is yet to be seen how rampantly the technology will be adopted by users.

Moto Z grab from official video
Moto Z grab from official video

Let’s see what more the phone has to offer.

Design & Display

Like many other smartphones in the market, Moto Z smartphone is built with a 5.5-inch screen, which lies at 72% screen-to-body ratio. It has a resolution of 1440*2560 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. This means the phone can survive a fall from a height of one meter without sustaining major damage to the screen. The smartphone’s 2K resolution allows stunning visual imagery during video calling and games.

Memory

With 2.2 GHz of processing speed powered by the Quad-Core Kryo processor and Adreno 530 GPU, Moto Z caters to the middle segment of the market. Moreover, with the expandable storage of up to 256GB, the phone has a giant edge over the competition.

Battery

The smartphone features a non-removable 2600 mAh Li-ion battery offering more than 13 hours of uninterrupted talk-time.

Camera:

Now, for the more interesting part, Moto Z comes with a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. Not many know what the aperture size actually means. For beginners, let’s say low aperture means less detailed pictures – better for overall photography only.

The back camera is 13-megapixel with f/1.8 aperture size and comes with automatic image stabilization and High-dynamic-range (HDR).

Where can I get Mods for Moto Z?

The MODs can be bought through Motorola official partners or directly from Moto Z webpage.

The price of these Mods is around $50-$300, a pretty high price in our opinion. But again, you can switch between different versions of Moto Z smartphones without sacrificing comfort so this purchase feels understandable.

Following Moto Mods are available for purchase:

Instashare Projector – $299

JBL SoundBoost Speaker – $79

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod – $299

Incipio OffGRID Power Shell – $59

Kate Spade & TUMI Power Pack Mods – $59-79

Incipio Vehicle Dock Mod – $64

Mophie Juice Pack -$79

Bottom-line:

Motorola is known around the world for providing the best value for money. We still remember the Moto Razr smartphone that took over the world after its grand release – at a time when the concept of flip-phones was unheard of. Similarly, Moto Z is an unusual release which the people will hopefully digest slowly. But we hope the Moto Z saga doesn’t end like the Project Ara of Google.

The phone will be released on Feb 17. You can buy it from the top online mobile stores at Priceblaze.pk.

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