It’s 2016 and Verizon has dibs on the Moto Z

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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.

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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.

source: Verizon


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • socalman777

    too bad they are offering it only on VZ, with all the bloatware VZ puts on their phones, especially the ones they have exclusivity on. The screen is too small, and many of us who are phone-aware now buy phones which are unlocked for all carriers, and get the google updates faster. i currently use the Moto X Pure Edition, and it is pure Android, and I don’t have to put up with all the extraneous apps that the carriers put on it. And it runs great on VZ as well as ALL the other carriers.