Leaked image hints at the Galaxy Note 7 featuring a curved edge screen

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It’s a little over halfway through the year, and that means that it’s time for the rumor mill about the next edition of the Galaxy Note series to hit full swing. One of the persistent rumors is that Samsung will avoid calling it the Note 6, and will instead align this year model with the Galaxy S series, giving it the Note 7 moniker instead. Today’s rumor hints that the upcoming handset has a curved screen, which is quite likely considering the popularity of the Galaxy S7 EdgeRead more

The Moto X and Moto Z are scratching two different itches

moto_z_droid_edition_back_angleAfter 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! Read more

Unlike last year’s Moto X Pure Edition, the unlocked Moto Z will be GSM only

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Logic would dictate that since the Moto Z is going to be a Verizon exclusive until the fall, when the unlocked version finally does arrive it would work with CDMA carriers, such as Verizon itself, as well as GSM carriers. Another indicator pointing to this multi-network functionality is that last year’s Moto X Pure Edition worked across both CDMA AND GSM networks. This, however, will not be the case. It looks like, for some inexplicable reason, Lenovo has decided to take a step back and ‘lock’ the unlocked version of the Moto Z to GSM carriers only.

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Lenovo is saying goodbye to the 3.5mm headphone jack with the new Moto Z

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What one feature is in common between an Android or iOS smartphone, a MacBook or Windows PC, and even controllers for gaming consoles, but not for the new Moto Z? If you read the title to this article than you probably guessed, and correctly I might add, a 3.5mm headphone jack. It looks like Lenovo has decided to hop on the slowly expanding list of manufactures to forgo the jack and leave it off of the newly announced Moto Z in favor of including a Type-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.

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Poll: Are you buying the Moto Z?

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Now that you know what the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are all about, are you interested in buying either phone? Lenovo’s newest phones are built from aluminum and stainless steel, contain high-end components you’d expect from a flagship, and stand out as innovative with Moto Mods that add features just by snapping on attachments. There are, of course, things working against the Moto Z. The phone’s battery is a light 2600mAh and, more importantly, no one but Verizon customers can purchase one for themselves until after the carrier’s exclusive period ends this summer.

All in all, there’s no denying that the Moto Z is going to be a very good phone.

Hit the break to give us your answer to our poll.

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These are the first Moto Mods for the Moto Z

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In 2016, Lenovo is pushing the Moto brand into territory only a very small number of companies have explored. The new Moto Z and Moto Z Force are the first phones to support the company’s new Moto Mods platform, which is a network of modules that connect to the rear of either device. A Moto Mod magnetically grabs on to the sixteen magnetic dots on the phone to unlock a whole new set of capabilities.

At launch, there are four Moto Mods — JBL SoundBoost, Moto InstaShare Projector, Power Pack, and Style Mod. We’re giving you a look at all of them right here.

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Moto Z and Moto Z Force specifications

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The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are Lenovo’s first phones to be available around the world. Both are pretty similar, but the Moto Z Force is a little bulkier than the Moto Z as its built with durability and longevity in mind. The latter is very thin and just focuses on being premium. We’re not going to knock Lenovo for either one of these phones, though. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are undeniably high-end phones that would suit any consumer pretty well.

Hit the break for the spec sheet.

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