Motorola announced its latest flagship smartphone, at least, the highest-level phone that the company does not want to do anymore. The Moto Z4 is a mid-range device powered by Snapdragon 675 that will be launched on June 13 on Verizon for $ 499.99.
The phone still supports MotoMods. Motorola has been chained to its modular ecosystem for four generations, which has limited what it can do in terms of phone design. MotoModel is the phone that everyone has to share, more or less, the same body, so the Z2, Z3 and Z4 are all glued to color within the lines created by the original Moto Z, which were presented in 2016 .
The time-frozen design has created a problem with the fingerprint sensor, since the original Moto Z had a fingerprint reader mounted on the front. As time went by, the slimming frames and the demand for larger screens meant that the fingerprint readers had to be relocated, but Motorola could not put it on the back as the phone like everyone else, as it would be blocked for the MotoMods with clip. With the Z3, he finally came up with a creative solution in the form of a side-mounted fingerprint reader. For the Z4, Motorola's strange design problems are solved: it has an optical fingerprint reader on the screen, which is fast becoming a standard feature of the phone.
The housing that is a fingerprint reader is a 6.39-inch, 2340 × 1080 screen. Thanks to the fingerprint reader, Motorola can convert a fairly modern design for a $ 500 phone, with slim bevels and a notch in the camera frontal. Other specifications include 4GB or RAM, 128GB of storage, an SD slot, NFC, a USB-C port and a 3600mAh battery. Both cameras use "four-pixel technology", which means that Motorola takes a megapixel sensor and combines four pixels in a single pixel, which improves the performance of light. Then, for the rear sensor, there is a 48MP sensor that generates 12MP photos, and on the front there is a 25MP sensor that pumps 6.25MP images.
The Moto Z was one of the first phones to remove the headphone jack, with Motorola the ability to make a phone call. With the Z4, the company has heard about the return of the headphone jack, so the Z4 brings back the universally compatible audio jack. Motorola even has some focused headphone jacks, with one that shows the phone on a pile of headphone cable and another that shows it charging and using headphones at the same time.
For all this design related to compatibility with MotoMod, the MotoMod ecosystem seems pretty dead. Motorola is the same mods of years that we have seen in the past. There is a terrible pico projector, an expensive clip in the battery pack, a low resolution 360 camera, several clips on the speakers and a game panel. For almost all of these, you would get better value and greater compatibility if you just bought a universal Bluetooth version of what you want.
Motorola is also the "5G Mod", which is compatible with all MotoMod devices but is compatible with the Z4. This brings 5G mmWave compatibility to the Z4, and we've seen it in action on Verizon's nascent 5G network. The 5G mod is a whopping $ 200, because it's a full-featured smartphone that can be downloaded to the back of your existing smartphone, including the Snapdragon 855 frontline Soul, a Snapdragon X50 5G modem, a 2000mAh battery, and its own USB-C port. It's a strange hardware hack, but 5G hardware (and networks) are not ready for mbad consumption yet.