Exclusively from Verizon, an entirely new breed of smartphone: Moto Z Droids with Moto Mods

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Moto Mods transform your Moto Z Droid into a theater, stereo and more

Lenovo, today unveiled the new Moto Z Droid Edition smartphones, available this summer exclusively on Verizon. The Moto Z and the Moto Z Force will lead a lineup of devices compatible with Moto Mods, featuring interchangeable smart backs that snap onto your smartphone, instantly transforming it into a movie projector, boom box, battery powerhouse and more.

“The Moto Z Droids are amazing devices by themselves, but we wanted to work with Motorola to introduce something entirely new that would inspire customers to get excited about smartphones again,” said Jeff Dietel, vice president of wireless devices at Verizon. “This groundbreaking new modular system will revolutionize the smartphone landscape and Droid brand for years to come. With Verizon's leadership in wireless and Motorola's leadership in mobile innovation, we’re bringing true innovation to the marketplace.”

The Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition will be powered by the Verizon network, ranked number one by Root Metrics for overall network performance across the United States. With these entirely re-imagined smartphones running on the best network in the country, you’ll get the most out of your Moto Z, including excellent video performance, smooth streaming, fast social sharing and crystal-clear calls.

The Motorola and Verizon relationship has always revolved around innovation. Starting with the thinnest 4G LTE device, continuing with the first 4G LTE smartphone to offer 48-hours of battery life and, most recently, Moto ShatterShield™ — the first shatterproof smartphone display.* Now, Motorola and Verizon collaborated on a state-of-the-art modular smartphone system that redefines the concept of mobility.

The thinnest premium smartphone and a powerhouse in your pocket

The Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition work with the Moto Mod system, yet offer distinct design features that can be tailored for your lifestyle. The Moto Z Droid Edition is the thinnest premium smartphone available today, and was designed so you can add powerful capabilities to your phone without adding a ton of bulk to your pocket.

Made from military aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, this ultra-light, all-metal 5.5" Quad HD smartphone features all-day battery life** (2600 mAh), a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a turbo charger that gives you up to 8 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging.***

The new Moto Z Force Droid Edition has innovations you’d expect from a Droid, like a guaranteed shatterproof display and incredibly fast charging speeds. Moto ShatterShield set the standard as the world’s first smartphone display guaranteed not to crack or shatter. The new second-generation ShatterShield features narrower edges and a thinner design, yet it’s still as strong as ever. The Moto Z Force Droid Edition steps up the battery to 3500 mAh for more than a full day of battery life, bumps up the camera to 21-megapixels and the included TurboPower™ charger offers up to 15 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.

Both smartphones feature:

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor
  • 5.5" Quad HD display
  • 32 GB storage
  • Support for microSD card up to 2 TB
  • Rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and autofocus
  • 5 MP front-facing camera
  • Latest USB-C connectivity
  • Water-repellent coating****
  • Fingerprint reader

The Moto Z Droid family will be available from Verizon in two distinct colors. The Moto Z Droid Edition will be offered in black/lunar gray and white/fine gold and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition will be available in black/lunar gray.

Moto Mods

Moto Mods instantly transform your smartphone into an entirely new device, doing what no other phone can do. Like turn it into a portable theater, a wireless speaker or a chic fashion accessory with built-in power and wireless charging capabilities. Moto Mods magnetically snap onto your phone, seamlessly becoming one with it. And they’re easy to swap whenever inspiration strikes. Project a TV show to watch with friends. Or blast your favorite playlist at a party.

The initial Moto Mods will include:

  • JBL SoundBoost Speaker — instantly get powerful stereo sound that’s perfect for the beach, the backyard and everywhere in between. It features a kickstand, built-in battery for 10 hours of playtime and speakerphone capabilities.
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector — snap the Insta-Share Projector onto your phone and share vacation photos from a recent trip or play that movie everyone’s talking about. Projector includes an integrated kickstand, up to 70” projection and a built-in battery for up to an extra hour of projection time.
  • TUMI and kate spade new york Power Packs — add up to 22 hours of battery life to your phone without adding bulk. The Power Pack snaps on so you can recharge on the run. Forget about fumbling with batteries or searching for open wall outlets…and get it done in style.

And that’s just the beginning. Motorola is working with leading brands to develop additional Moto Mods for today’s Moto Z phones, and Moto Mods developed today***** are designed to work with future generation Moto Z phones. Motorola also announced that it will release a Moto Mod Development Kit (MDK), allowing anyone from small developers to established enterprises to create the next generation of Moto Mods.

Better matters on Verizon

The Verizon network is the perfect complement to the Moto Mod and Moto Z Droid platform. A reliable 4G LTE network ensures that the music and movies streaming to your Moto Mod speaker and projector will be lag and buffer-free, and that you can easily share your stunning photos on Instagram or Flickr.

Both Droids also support Verizon’s Advanced Calling. That means when you call another compatible smartphone, you get HD Voice quality that’s as clear as talking face-to-face. You can also start a video call right from the calling screen with just a tap.

The Moto Z Force Droid Edition, Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Mods will be available exclusively on Verizon this summer. You can pre-order these devices beginning next month.

Visit verizonwireless.com/landingpages/droid/ and sign up to receive more information regarding pricing and release dates as the information becomes available.

*The display and embedded lens are warranted against shattering and cracking for four (4) years from the original date of purchase; scratches or other damage to the protective lens is not covered by this warranty, but should always be in place to prevent scratches and other damage to the underlying components. This phone is not shockproof or designed to withstand all damage from dropping. All other warranty exclusions, including scratches and other cosmetic damage, intentional damage or abuse, normal wear and tear and other limitations apply; Visit www.motorola.com for additional details.

** All battery life claims are approximate and based on a standard mixed use profile. The mixed use profile is based on Motorola devices on major 4G LTE networks with excellent coverage and includes both usage and standby time. Out-of-box settings are applied to the mixed use profile to project battery performance. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.

*** Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. Charger sold separately in some markets.

**** Advanced nano-coating technology creates a water repellant barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes or light rain. Not designed to be submersed in water, or exposed to pressurized water, or other liquids; Not waterproof.

***** Co-branded Moto Mods may require software upgrades to maintain compatibility, contact the manufacturer for details.

George Koroneos is an external communications manager for Verizon, focusing on mobile devices and pricing. A former editor and certified tech geek, George has more than 15 years of publishing experience with expertise in vertical market solutions, mobility, IoT devices, cloud computing and data security.


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