Specs summary


The Motorola Moto Z's screen is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 643 minutes (3G), 373 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Motorola Moto Z Droid is a cool smartphone with removable backs, but it lags slightly behind its bigger sibling.

- Sascha Segan , PC Magazine 

The Moto Z is a fast, gorgeous, exciting phone but the mods are only half-baked at this point.

- Brandon Russell , TechnoBuffalo 

Reviews summary

Based on 34 reviews

What's good  

  • Sharp screen
  • Plenty of power
  • Support for microSD
  • Fast, clear camera
  • Modular attachments

What's bad  

  • No headphone jack
  • Limited availability (Currently Verizon only)
  • Thinness is a personal preference
  • Pricey if not interested in Moto Mods

Motorola has a reputation for building solid phones designed to do everything you want them to do without a bunch of flair or fluff. With the release of the Motorola Moto Z, Lenovo is steering the Motorola brand in a different direction. Does the addition of modular add-ons make or break the typical Motorola experience and how does it stack up with the competition?

We’ve scoured the reviews so you don’t have to! Let’s dive into what’s being said!

On a design front, the phone is very minimalistic. Sharp edges and a boxy design fit the typical DROID aesthetic--which is fitting as it’s currently a Verizon exclusive. At just over 5mm thick, the phone’s design shocked a few reviewers, with some even saying it’s too thin to hold comfortably.

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Phone Arena chimed in on the overall design, saying, “The all-metal construction feels incredibly solid, the fingerprint scanner makes for a conveniently placed makeshift power button, and an angled ridge running the length of the phone's edge helps users maintain a steady grip.” In contrast, Gizmodo says, “Because the phone is so thin, it’s not the most comfortable phone [to use].”

Coming around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 5.5-inch QHD (1440-by-2560) AMOLED display. Reviews on the screen are wholly positive apart from the typical elevated AMOLED color saturation. Engadget says, “In addition to very accommodating viewing angles, you'll get the usual punchy colors that come with AMOLED screens.”

Pushing all those pixels, you’ll find a Snapdragon 820 2.26GHz processor--a standard among flagships this years. Paired with 4GB of RAM, performance reviews are great. 32 or 64GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 2TB leaves ample room for your favorite apps, games or movies. PC Magazine was quick to point out one issue--Verizon’s army of bloatware--saying, “The OS build takes up 8.37GB of the phone's 32GB, largely thanks to Verizon's bloatware.”

The phone runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 with some light tweaking from Motorola to add gesture controls and a few notification features and voice controls. Overall, reviewers loved the experience.

If you’re a fan of mobile photography, reviews raved about the cameras on the Motorola Moto Z. The front-facing 5MP lens features a wide-angle aperture and a dedicated flash. The rear camera is a beefy 13MP with optical image stabilization and laser-assisted autofocus. Gizmodo says, “That’s all a big bundle of jargon that boils down to great photos. I also love the Z’s Pro camera controls as a system of slider overlays. It’s all incredibly intuitive.”

With a phone so razor-thin, you have to make a few compromises. While the 2,600mAh battery might seem small on paper, reviews indicate that the phone has plenty of power to last the day. Engadget notes, "On days of heavy use, the Z would get me through the work day but give up the ghost not long after.” Other reviewers chimed in comparably. The phone also supports TurboCharge chargers, offering a 100% charge in just over an hour. The cord on the TurboCharger is hardwired, so be prepared to find a spare USB-C cord if you plan to charge or transfer data to your computer.

The other compromise is dividing reviewers--there’s no headphone jack on the phone. Instead, you use a dongle in the USB-C port to plug in traditional 3.5mm headphone connectors. This means no charging while binging on Netflix or listening to music.

Where the phone really strays from current flagships is the modular add-ons. Dubbed Moto Mods, the add-ons attach to the back of the phone using magnets. Current options include pico projector, extra battery capacity, a beefier speaker or stylish backs for the phone. Engadget put them to the test and declared, “Motorola's approach to modularity is the most elegant you'll find on the market right now.”

Overall, reviews of the Moto Z are positive. The Verge sums up opinions well, saying, “If Lenovo's goal was to stray from the pack and do something a little different, it succeeded. The Moto Z and Moto Mods are unique. They're fun. They're a little gimmicky. But they're definitely different.” If you’re looking for a little more power, be sure to check out the summary for the Motorola Moto Z Force before making a decision!

Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


World's thinnest smartphone is also the best modular phone

from TechRadar
Moto Z is an incredibly thin Android phone, yet it's still able to boast the specs of its rival and add modular accessories to the mix. This is a stepping stone to a fully modular phone. We only wish we could exchange its big camera bump for the sorely missing 3.5mm headphone jack... Full review

A modular muddle

from Pocket-lint
The Motorola Moto Z wowed us when it was first revealed. The Moto Mods system is clever and some of the accessories are fun. But we can't help feeling that the Moto Z was compromised to make it a better modular phone. That thinness that's proclaimed doesn't result in a nice design and when you're using the phone day-to-day and Mods as a rare addition, it's compromise that you feel... Full review

One of the most fun devices in the market

from VR-Zone

I really loved the Moto Z. It doesn’t seem to shine in terms of its specifications, its not the fastest smartphone or the best shooter, but it’s thinness goes unmatched and feels almost weightless. The entire experience feels really good thanks to small little features like the ability to both lock and unlock your devices using your fingerprint sensor, the ability to auto-activate the camera just by flicking your phone and so on. For S$899, the Moto Z is one of the cheapest flagships you can find, and it’s more than enough for the general public, so if you want a flagship... Full review

Tech Advisor

A flagship phone that's also modular

from Tech Advisor
The Moto Z is a mixed bag, successful in some areas and not in others. As long as you can deal with the jettisoning of the headphone jack and carrying a Power Pack Mod, the modular nature of the Moto Z makes it a compelling alternative to other flagships. It’s also arguably a better choice than the LG G5. Battery life isn't great, though and the Moto Z Play is also compatible with Moto Mods, has much better battery life and is much cheaper at £369.99. If you don't need a modular phone, the OnePlus 3 is almost as good at the Moto Z for way less money... Full review

Great performance, high-quality display

from TrustedReviews
If it weren’t for the absolutely horrendous battery life, I actually rather like the Moto Z. Even if it isn't really as thin as its billing, it feels nice in the hand with its Style Shell attached. The display is big and of high quality and the performance is top-notch. The camera is even pretty good. Then there's the potential for the Moto Mods... Full review
Expert Reviews

A modular phone done right

from Expert Reviews

The camera might be a bit of a disappointment, then, but elsewhere, the Moto Z gets a lot of things right. Its take on modular design is by far the most sophisticated and practical so far, and its wealth of accessories solve a lot of potential problems created by its super-slim design, giving you the best of both worlds without a huge amount of compromise.

The proof will come once I've finally had a chance to test some of its Moto Mods in more depth, but right now, the Moto Z is another great Android phone from Motorola and Lenovo, and it offers something tru... Full review


The best case yet for modular smartphones

from Alphr

I really like the Lenovo Moto Z. Modular smartphones have been a bit of a gimmick to me so far. Only LG has produced something usable, and in that case only a couple of add-ons ever arrived, and they tended to add a fair amount of bulk in the process. The Moto Z’s slim frame and incredibly easy attachments makes it far more user-friendly, and there are already enough modules to prove that the idea has legs. We’ll be back to test some of them soon, but even if they aren’t up to scratch, the simplicity and effectiveness makes this the best use case we’ve seen to date.<... Full review

Absolute Geeks

Modular magnificence

from Absolute Geeks
The Moto Z looks to be the current leader when it comes to modular smartphones and as far as news goes, no other company is close to toppling it. The base phone itself is remarkable when it comes to performance and its display, though it does fall short in terms of design and its camera.The Moto Mods themselves are fun add-ons, letting you accessorise your phone to your heart’s content, swapping modules depending on your schedule for the day. For $700, the (base) phone is great... Full review
Fone Arena

Beauty and a beast

from Fone Arena
The Moto Z is quite simply, one of the best devices that the company has made. Not only is it a gorgeous phone in it’s own way, it also paves the path for a new brand of modular phones and keeps the legacy of Motorola alive at Lenovo... Full review

Well-conceived ecosystem of Moto Mods accessories

from NDTV
Motorola's take on a modular smartphone is definitely a lot stronger than any other we've seen before. Even without considering the mods, the new Moto Z is a powerful, stylish phone with a lot to offer. Almost everything about it looks good and works well. This is a great phone for those who want style and power, but aren't necessarily going to run heavy apps all the time. The ability to use mods is of course the biggest draw, so be sure to read our detailed piece of the Hasselblad True Zoom camera, JBL Soundboost speaker, and Moto Insta-share projector, coming up soon... Full review


Modular Makes it interesting

With Motorola Moto Z 32GB you invest on ecosystem and not just a mobile with accessories, because this phone can become film projector, a battery power house and many more. Other than modular the features just match the entry level or budget phone the price is beyond and I hope that this should c... More

With Motorola Moto Z 32GB you invest on ecosystem and not just a mobile with accessories, because this phone can become film projector, a battery power house and many more. Other than modular the features just match the entry level or budget phone the price is beyond and I hope that this should come down anytime soon


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Full Specs

Release date September 30, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB or 64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.91 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 624 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 373 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
643 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.5 x 0.5 cm
(6 x 3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 136 grams
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density 535 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Zero shutter lag, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Night mode, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto Z Droid

Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
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