Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 14 Feb 2017

You wouldn’t be mistaken for thinking that Motorola knows a thing or two about the mobile industry, all the way back in 1973, the company were already testing out cellular communications with engineer Martin Cooper and his 1.1kg prototype handset.

All at the same time, Lenovo (formerly IBM) were busy in constant development of innovative PC’s which would ultimately be found in the vast majority of households and offices throughout the world.

Moto Z - CoverWhen you combine the two forces you end up with something very powerful, meet the Moto Z. Motorola is a division of Lenovo and has put together a seriously powerful device which packs features including:

  • 5.5″ (1440 x 2560 pixel) QHd Display
  • 13 MP rear facing camera with laser optic tracking & LED Flash as well as 2160P HD Video Capabilities
  • 5 MP, f/2.2, 1.4 µm pixel size, LED flash, 1080p Front Facing Camera
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 2600 mAH Battery
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Display
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 CPU
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • Internal Memory of either 32 or 64 GB
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot & Bluetooth 4.0 &
  • microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Runs The Latest Android Version (Version N)

As you will notice by the list of specifications, the all-new Moto Z is not messing around. Owing to its cutting edge internal and vanilla Android interface, the device flies through any task. To further add to the package, Motorola have packed all of these powerful specifications into a sleek and moulded design which fits perfectly into the palm of your hand.

See below example of Moto Z optics and some pics which were taken using this camera (Location: Table Mountain, CT).

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To Further enhance the package, the Moto Z enjoys the benefits of what Motorola term Moto Mods. This allows the user to personalise the entire device through either adding a slick new magnetic textured back cover, extended battery cover or even Moto mods Hasselblad Camera lens attachment for that perfect photography! The Moto Z really does give you a taste of a “modular phone” something we first heard about a few years back and I love its ability to transform.

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The combination is something rather beautiful and makes the Moto Z easily one of the most exciting devices which I used throughout 2016!

Whats in the box:

  • Moto Z Device
  • Owners Manuals & Warranty Card
  • Wall Charge Adapter (Region Specific)
  • USB Type-C Sync/Charge Cable
  • USB Type-C to 3.5mm Audio Jack Convert Cable
  • Sim Pin ejection Tool
  • Plastic Side Bump Protector

What does it cost in SA?

Price comes in at about R10,999 and can be found through major carriers and retailers

Link to Slow Motion Footage Captured using the Moto Z (Table Mountain National Park)


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