After Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility, the media, and ordinary users had doubts about the further fate of the legendary brand. It seemed that with the light hand of the Chinese manufacturer will send the Association “Motorola is a smartphone” in history. Also, as at the time Microsoft did to Nokia. However, the company recognises the importance of Lenovo acquired the mobile division and brand “Motorola” in General.
In 2016 lineup of smartphones Moto has replenished the family of “Z”, which are based on the modular concept. The empowerment of mobile devices by modules is not a new idea. But its implementation is significantly different from the currently existing solutions. In this review we will talk about the basic flagship model Moto Z that costs $ 686.
The build is good and there is a feeling of solidity and reliability. However, if you want to bend the smartphone is not difficult. A thickness of only 5.19 mm, so the unit uncomfortable to hold without a cover slip (also partly due to the sharp corners on the sides).The height and width of the body is 153.3 and 75.3 mm, respectively. Item weight – 136 g.the Front part is covered by rounded edges glass Gorilla glass 4. Above the screen you can see the sensors, front facing flash and a single speaker
Lower frame significantly more than the upper, and not just because of the logo and fingerprint sensor square shape. Also on the panel is two microphones and auxiliary motion sensors/approximation. Navigation buttons the system displays on the screen.Speaking about the scanner: it is not combined with Home button. But the lightning-it recognizes your fingerprint, you can not only unlock screen, but to include it using touch.
On the back stands out of 2 elements. It is highly “convex” platform with camera and flash, as well as contacts block for connecting the modules. Everything looks it’s not very aesthetically pleasing. However, acting outside the panel area plays an important role in the process of fixing the modules.Moreover, replacement of the complete overlay hides contacts, calls and the back camera at the same time making a thickness of the body more than adequate
The top and bottom of the rear panel is covered with glass panels, which hide the antenna. The remaining part is made of metal and are covered with a substance, to the touch like glass. In daily use, this cover easily collects fingerprints, but does not lose their “commodity” type with careful operation. However, the photo clearly shows serious scratches in the area of the contacts. They appeared probably as the result of twisting of the attached module or cover in a circle.
On the right lateral side placed three small buttons. Two of them are responsible for volume control. The power button can be distinguished by touch, due to the ribbed surface
The manufacturer has supported the relay on the slow destruction of standard audiogeek. Due to his absence, the owners of Moto Z propose to use the supplied adapter with USB, 3.5 mm, or a wireless headset. The connector USB Type-C supports OTG function, and is located on the bottom edge.
The opposite face of the top is combined the tray under 2 nano SIM or 1 SIM and external storage.
The device Moto Z uses the flagship 4-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, paired with a powerful graphics chip Adreno 530.Whatever the task, the user can count on the high performance of this device. The test result AnTuTu 128 thousand points.
Now not the most pleasant news. Powerful hardware in an extremely thin housing, due to the lack of effective system cooling, and significantly heats the apparatus. Especially in the games.
The device received a 4 GB high-speed RAM LPDDR4. The amount of RAM is more than enough for comfortable work.
Capacity built-in memory standard UFS can be 32 or 64 GB. Version 32 GB are much more common in the domestic market. The second SIM you can install a MicroSD card to expand memory up to 200 GB.
The thickness of the body “backfired” on battery capacity: 2600 mAh. On average, a full charge is enough for a day at the activity screen 2-2.5 hours, plus overnight in standby mode. Time to play HD videos at full brightness the screen is about 12-14 hours. During active operation the battery will have to charge twice a day.
However, a lot of time this process will not take, due to the technology of the Turbo Power and powerful power adapter from the kit. It only takes half an hour to fill the charge by 50%. For a half hour the battery will be charged at 100%.
The smartphone Moto Z is a 13 megapixel sensor Sony IMX214 with an aperture of f/1.8, and a pixel size of 1.12 µm. The module is equipped with optical and electronic stabilization, laser auto focus and flash. Interface shooting apps – simple and easy, allows “on the fly” to adjust manual settings with the sliders. Special algorithms to recognize the current stage on the basis of which automatically select the required parameters.
Whether it’s portraits, landscapes or macro – camera shows good results in ideal conditions for shooting.
The smartphone Moto Z is capable of slowly but efficiently to glue the frames when you create panoramas in high resolution. In the dark and poor light conditions turn out unimportant images, they will contain noise, and the detail decreases.
The camera allows you to record videos in 4k resolution (30 fps), and when shooting FullHD videos you can count on 60 fps Slow motion shooting is possible at HD resolutions at 120 fps. The front module at 5MP is equipped with a flash. Photos taken using front camera are quite sharp, detailed. Flash helps a lot with a lack of lighting.
Z Moto is equipped with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440). In addition to a very high pixel density (535 ppi), a contrast and a clear picture has all the benefits of AMOLED matrix. At least – wide viewing angles, true black color, economical energy consumption when using dark color schemes.
Provides a choice of display modes. Color reproduction will appeal to fans of rich, juicy images and those users who prefer a more quiet tone. Protection from scratches, presence of the anti-reflective coating and quality oleophobic layer is as self-evident.
The developers have implemented proprietary to Motorola feature “Active display”. It uses advanced motion sensors to display the time, missed events. Just enough to bring the hand to a smartphone, or raise it.
The apparatus conventionally, dual-SIM, works in GSM, 3G and 4G LTE. There are NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 (LE, A2DP) as well as dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz). Qualcomm, as usual, provides excellent navigation systems (GPS+ A-GPS). In search of a couple of dozen satellites takes a few seconds, the detection accuracy of location is very high.
The combination of spoken and multimedia speakers has not affected the quality and volume of sound for the worse. Nothing unusual, just the sound will always be sent to the user. Still have 4 microphones to more efficiently capture the stereo sound and deal effectively with background noise.
AptX technology is able to transmit on the Bluetooth headset high-quality stereo sound. Yes, and USB-C on the 3.5 is not simple, but with a tiny DAC. So we can safely plug in good headphones, and enjoy the corresponding sound.
Moto Z can be considered a smartphone with Android, and 6.0.1. If you do not take into account the availability of some software additions that provide modules, gestures, and voice assistant. Update to the seventh version of Android, according to the manufacturer planned for the near future.
A convenient feature of Active Display is a very modest thickness of the case and the lack of 3.5 mm plug – this is only the “tip of the iceberg.” A key feature of a smartphone Moto Z, which significantly makes it stand out of most competitors is the support of modules Moto Mods. I promise that in the future the range of plug-in mods will be expanded. At the moment, “Arsenal” consists of four useful add-ons:
Hasselblad True Zoom. The module, which was developed jointly with the Swedish company Hasselblad, able in an instant to turn a smartphone into a handy digital camera. Optical 10x zoom, individual shutter button and shoot in RAW format. For this pleasure will have to pay around 267 USD.
Insta-Share Projector. The device is projecting on a flat surface any image from your smartphone Moto Z (photo, video, Desk, etc.). You can get a picture with a diagonal of 70 inches, and the extra hour of work due to the built-in mod the battery. The price reaches 305 USD.
JBL Sound Boost. 114 USD to device, added the speaker with two stereo speakers 3 watts, with built-in battery that provides up to 10 hours of continuous music playback.
Incipio offGRID Power Pack. Plus 22 hours of autonomy at the expense of additional panel with built-in battery 2220 mAh.
If a complete lining of nylon is not enough, you can customise the look of the rear panel separately purchased replacement pads (11-13 USD for each). Panel with leather covering will cost $ 19.
First of all, who see practical benefits in term of use submitted at the time of modules. And of course, fans of “the Motor”, or just wishing to experience the novelty.
Support modules makes the Moto Z niche, and at the same time quite original device. Perhaps at the moment it is the most successful realization of the idea to expand the smartphone’s capabilities. However, not everyone is willing to put up with the shortcomings of this device, especially considering its price. Also do not forget that the family Z does not consist of one model. For example, you can look to a more balanced, a number of parameters Moto Z Play: there’s a headphone Jack on the spot, the thickness is adequate, but standalone it breaks all records for this class.But we’ll talk about it in another review.