The Moto X and Moto Z are scratching two different itches

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After waiting and waiting for a refreshed Moto X, Lenovo gave us the Moto Z. While the Moto Z doesn’t look like a bad phone (Verizon exclusivity notwithstanding), it’s disappointing to not see a true successor to the Moto X line.

Lenovo dropped some good news, though. The Moto X is still alive and well, as the Moto Z was designed to offer a different experience. That means we should eventually see another Moto X phone!

The Moto line is big, as we all know. There’s a Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X, and the Moto Z is just rounding out the family, according to Lenovo and Motorola.

“Moto X is alive and well. In fact, Moto X Force recently launched in multiple new markets around the world. Moto X and Moto Z do share some great qualities, but they ultimately provide different experiences and make our portfolio more robust for consumers looking for the perfect smartphone to fit their needs. Tech-hungry consumers who are looking to get a brand new set of experiences from their smartphone will turn to Moto Z and Moto Mods.”

That statement leaves some ambiguity for the Moto X line, though. Up to this point, the different letters represent different markets for the Moto phones, with the earlier letters marking cheaper phones. The Moto X, being the later letter in the alphabet, offered the highest-end experience Motorola offered, but that’s now technically going to the Moto Z line.

It’s hard to imagine Motorola will push both the Moto X and Moto Z with equal enthusiasm, although some OEMs do maintain two flagship devices every year. Samsung offers the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, for example, and LG has the LG G line and the now-defunct G Pro that’s being replaced by the V line.

On the other side of things, the Moto X has turned into a device that doesn’t quite compete at Galaxy S level. The last Moto X devices weren’t $700, effectively undercutting all of the flagships from Samsung, Apple, LG, and HTC, while the Moto Z does compete at those price points. The Moto X could stick to those price points and fly a bit under the radar. We might even see the Moto G get gobbled up as Lenovo pushes the Moto E as the budget friendly model and the Moto X tackles everything in the middle.

Or we might see the Moto X disappear and this is just corporate speak from Lenovo. Should be a fun year!

source: Android Police


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • Norm Wilson

    that sure is a big ugly camera BUMP sticking out of its back

    • http://ehelldane.blogspot.com/ Edward Helldane

      That’s the Z without a back-panel or Mod attached. With a basic personalized/colored panel it’s pretty flush, if not flush. Most of the Mods have a dimple for the camera, cause the Mods are bigger/fatter than the bump.

    • http://ehelldane.blogspot.com/ Edward Helldane

      Well, I commented, but it may have been removed due to the inclusion of links to pictures, as examples.

      That’s the Z without an attachable pack-panel or Mod. With the back-panel the camera is pretty much flush; as I showed with pictures. And with the mods the camera is recessed, as the Mods are a little fat so far; which I also showed with pictures.

      Search online if you wanna see for yourself.

      • Justin_Herrick

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