At Lenovo s second Tech World event in San Francisco, the company finally took the wraps of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones. One of the key highlights of these smartphones their modular functionality, which can be achieved with a bunch of on accessories called Moto Mods . These are snap on accessories that get magnetically attached to the smartphone. At the back of the smartphones, there is a 16-pin connector that connects and interacts with the Moto Mods. By connecting these mods, you can transform your Moto Z and Moto Z Force into a battery powerhouse, a portable projector, portable stereo and much more. Lenovo showed off a few Moto Mods at the event and promised to launch some more in September when the phones go on sale. Let’s take a look at all the Moto Mods announced today. Also Read - Best gaming laptops under Rs 1,00,000 in India: MSI GP65 Leopard, Dell G5 and moreAlso Read - Best laptops under Rs 50,000 in India in July 2021: Mi Notebook 14, Acer Aspire 3, more
Incipico offGRID Power Pack: It is a lightweight snap on mod that easily fits into your pocket and is easy to carry around too. The power pack has a 2,220mAh battery, which the company claims will provide 22 hours of additional power. There is a wireless charging edition as well, which as the name suggests adds wireless charging functionality to the smartphone. It will also come in designer editions like those from kate spade new york and TUMI. The pack weighs 79 grams (85 for the wireless charging version) and measures 152.7 x 73.5 x 6.2mm in dimension.
JBL Soundboost: It aims to offer high-quality JBL stereo sound anywhere with two 27mm speakers. Unlike Bluetooth speakers, you won’t have to pair this speaker mod with the phone. It comes with a kickstand to prop up the phone and also has a 1,000mAh battery, which the company claims is good enough for 10 hours of audio playback without using the phone’s battery. It can also function as a speakerphone during calls.
InstaShare projector: This can project up to 70-inch big screen display on the wall or ceiling and it works with everything that’s on the phone’s display. It also comes with a flexible kickstand so you can change the angle according to the surface you are projecting on. There is a 1,100mAh battery, which is good enough for 1 hour of projection. However, the projection happens at 480p resolution, which is a dampener.
Moto Style Shells: These are snap on covers that aim to enhance the look and feel of the smartphone. While they don t add any modular functionality, these covers instantly let you customize how your phone appears. They are either made from real wood, genuine leather or fabric patterns, allowing you to get the one based on your preferences.
The company is also working on a camera mod that may add built-in Zoom lens, a Xenon flash, physical shutter release buttons and more. It will be available later this year. The best part is that Lenovo promises these Moto Mods will also be compatible with future generations of Moto Z smartphones. It has also announced partners such as Mophie and TUMI that will be making Moto Mods for the Moto Z smartphones.
Lenovo is also opening developer platform that will allow you to choose the functionality that you would want to carry around with your smartphone. With the developer program, the company is trying to do what app store has done for software. The developer kit is designed keeping students, hobbyist and industry partners in mind. It will give developers an ability to build whatever they want. The Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group is also offering an equity funding of $1 million for any individual or company that comes up with the best Moto Mod prototype by March 31, 2017.
As of now, the Lenovo has not announced the pricing for the same, but we expect to learn more when the Moto Z launches in September.