Lenovo today announced the new Moto Z flagship, but Verizon seems to have exclusivity on it until September. The carrier will have its own versions of the Moto Z family, the Moto Z DROID Edition and the Moto Z Force DROID Edition, both of which will be available to buy this summer.
Verizon and Motorola have had a partnership for years now, where Motorola would provide the company with a high-end smartphone that would be an exclusive on Verizon’s network. In the past, there’s always been a version of the same smartphone immediately available for the public, but not this time.
Verizon will be getting an exclusive version of the smartphone–the aforementioned Moto Z DROID Edition and Moto Z Force DROID Edition. Unfortunately, Lenovo won’t be offering any Moto Z handsets up for global consumption until September, which gives Verizon a very exclusive run with the handset. This may all but kill the Moto name, considering that the Moto Z will have to fight against some big players in September, such as Apple and Samsung.
As a quick refresher, both DROID Edition smartphones will have a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 32GB of internal storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB, and a 5MP front camera. The Moto Z DROID Edition will sport a 2600mAh battery, but the Moto Z Force Droid Edition will have a much larger 3500mAh battery. The Moto Z Force also gets a 21MP rear camera while the main model’s sits at 13MP. Regardless, both have optical image stabilization and laser autofocus.
Both Moto Z DROIDs will be compatible with Moto Mods, the new interchangeable back plates that expand the functionality of the handsets. With these, you’ll be able to change either handset into a portable theater or even a wireless speaker. Verizon will also have a a chic fashion accessory smartback available, and it’ll have built-in power and wireless charging capabilities, extending the battery life of your smartphone by another 22 hours.
Verizon says the Moto Z DROID Edition and the Moto Z Force DROID Edition will be both available this summer, with pre-orders opening next month.