Motorola introduced its newest flagship smartphone, or at the least, the highest-end cellphone the corporate bothers to make anymore. The Moto Z4 is a mid-range Snapdragon 675-powered system that can launch June 13 on Verizon for $499.99.

The cellphone nonetheless helps MotoMods. Motorola has been chained to its modular ecosystem for 4 generations now, which has restricted what it could do by way of cellphone design. MotoMod compatibility means the telephones all must share, kind of, the identical physique, so the Z2, Z3, and Z4 are all caught coloring inside the traces arrange by the unique Moto Z, which had been specified by 2016.

The frozen-in-time design has created a difficulty regarding the fingerprint sensor, because the authentic Moto Z had a entrance mounted fingerprint reader. As time glided by, slimming entrance bezels and the demand for larger screens meant fingerprint readers wanted to be relocated, however Motorola could not put it on the again fo the cellphone like everybody else, as a result of it will be blocked by the clip-on MotoMods. With the Z3, it lastly got here up with a inventive answer within the type of a side-mounted fingerprint reader. For the Z4, Motorola’s unusual design issues are solved: it has an optical in-screen fingerprint reader, which is rapidly turning into a regular cellphone function.

Housing that fingerprint reader is a 6.39-inch, 2340×1080 show. Because of the fingerprint reader, Motorola can flip in a reasonably modern-looking design for a $500 cellphone, with slim bezels and a entrance digicam notch. Different specs embody 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, an SD slot, NFC, a USB-C port, and 3600mAh battery. Each of the cameras use “quad pixel expertise,” which simply means Motorola takes a high-megapixel sensor and combines 4 pixels right into a single pixel, leading to higher gentle efficiency. So for the rear sensor,  there is a 48MP sensor that outputs 12MP pictures, and within the entrance there’s a 25MP sensor that pumps out 6.25MP photographs.

The Moto Z was one of many first telephones to take away the headphone jack, with Motorola citing the flexibility to make a thinner cellphone. With the Z4, it appears the corporate has heard the outcry for the return of the headphone jack, so the Z4 brings again the universally appropriate audio jack. Motorola even has a couple of headphone-jack centric renders, with one exhibiting the cellphone on a pile of headphone wire and one other exhibiting it charging and utilizing headphones on the identical time.

For all of this designing round MotoMod compatibility, the MotoMod ecosystem appears fairly useless. Motorola is selling the identical years-old Mods that we have seen prior to now. There’s the horrible pico projector, an costly clip on battery pack, a low-resolution 360 digicam, a number of clip on audio system, and a sport pad. For just about all of those, you’d get higher worth and wider compatibility if you happen to simply purchased a common Bluetooth model of the factor you need as a substitute.

Motorola can also be selling the “5G Mod,” which is not appropriate with each MotoMod system however is appropriate with the Z4. This brings 5G mmWave compatibility to the Z4, and we have already seen it in motion on Verizon’s nascent 5G community. The 5G Mod is a whopping $200, as a result of it’s mainly a whole additional smartphone that you simply clip onto the again of your current smartphone, containing a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 SoC, a Snapdragon X50 5G modem, a 2000mAh battery, and its personal USB-C port. It is a unusual hack, however 5G (and networks) usually are not prepared for mass consumption but.


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