Motorola has officially announced the launch of their modular ecosystem, the Moto Z and Moto Z Play in India. Both the phones come with a proprietary 16-pin connector that allows them to be paired with modular accessories, enhancing the functionality of the phone. There are still a few things that the launch event did not illustrate clearly, so if you’re considering to buy the phone, here are five essential things to know about this new product line:
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1) You’re Investing in an Ecosystem, Not just a Phone
Motorola insists that the Moto Z line-up is not a one-off release, but instead, they are hoping that more partners will jump onto the bandwagon and develop more mods for the system. You could buy either the flagship Moto Z or the mid-tier Moto Z-Play and have the peace of mind that all mods in this ecosystem will work without any flaws on either phones.
Over the course of time, Motorola hopes to have enough mods in the market that would turn your phone into the hub of all productivity. Motorola envisions a time where your phone can function as a high-end camera, music player, productivity center and even a medical device, all enabled through mods attached to your Z-series phone.
2) Simple and Seamless
The mods communicate with the phone by means of a 16-pin connector on the back of the phones. Motorola has ensured that regardless of what mod you attach, it blends into the phone and functions without any glitches.
For example, if you’re in the middle of watching a movie on the phone, you could attach the JBL speaker mod and the audio would automatically switch to the speakers without any interruption. If you attached the Incipio OffGrid power-pack mod, you can program it to either keep the phone charged at 100 per cent or it could charge the phone to 80 per cent once it drops below that level.
The battery meters also get integrated, so you have a simple and clear idea of how much battery is available in which device. Having used the mods briefly, it truly felt like they were just an extension of the phone.
3) Keeping the Future In Mind
The 16-pin connection interface built by Motorola for the Z-series is said to be the standard that company will follow for the system, at least for the foreseeable future. They will ensure that mods continue to work with any phone that belongs to this line-up so you need not worry about the Moto Z Play (which has a mid-tier Snapdragon 625 processor) becoming incapable of supporting some mods that might come out in the future.
4) Attractive Pricing
Motorola has announced that the Moto Z will retail for Rs 39,999 while the Moto Z Play will retail for Rs 24,999. The sales go live on October 17 on Flipkart and Amazon and Sudhin Mathur, Executive Director, Mobile Business Group, Lenovo mentioned that there will be various trade-in offers available to bring the ownership cost of the phones down further. The mods themselves are being offered at a discounted price at launch.
5) Value for Money
The Moto Z and Moto Z Play are priced a little higher than their competitors, but with the modular system coming into play, they are excellent value for money. Over a period of time, one could accumulate various mods that could effectively bring the cost of overall ownership down.
For example, instead of buying an interchangeable lens camera (and lenses), one could just use various mods that offer different focal lengths. Mods could be developed to monitor blood sugar levels or even diagnose blood borne infections without the need to go to a lab for blood-work. In the long run, the system offers excellent value for money.
Motorola has gone ahead and announced something that is truly innovative and breaks away from the “incremental-update” pattern that the mobile industry seems to have gotten so comfortable maintaining. The industry as a whole has reached a ceiling point in how far they can push the form factor and features, without compromising on one of the other and Motorola’s modular system seems to strike a good balance between both. How it truly functions and fares is something we will share with you in our detailed review, so stay tuned.