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Future of Moto Z series and Moto Mod architecture?

2019-06-19, 4:01 AM

Is it just me or does the Z4 seem like it will be the last of the Moto Z line?

  • No new mods announced since the 5G Mod.
  • No NEW Z4 version equipped with Qualcomm flagship chipset.
  • Motorola confirms no more Z phones for 2019.

I have heavily invested in the mod architecture and own several Moto mods and have a Moto Z and a Moto Z3 Play.  I know that Motorola had originally committed to supporting only 3 generations of Moto mods, and that the Z4 is a "bonus", but with the lack of no new mods being announced since 2018, I can't help but feel that Motorola is simply offering the Z4 to maintain its commitment to Verizon for the 5G mod.  There were rumours that there were several Z4 models planned but at the last minute, Motorola decided to sell only the "Z4 Play" version (rebadged as Z4). 

Personally, I would prefer to see the Z series continue past the Z4 with high-end chipset & Moto Mods that "fit" (unlike the Z4's "gap"). 

I would like to know the thoughts and opinions of other forum members regarding the future of the Z architecture.

 

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Re: Future of Moto Z series and Moto Mod architecture?

2019-06-19, 6:34 AM

I agree with you 100% about Motorola maintaining its commitment to Verizon for the 5G mod. After one week of owning the Moto Z4 I'm really unimpressed with the phone's performance, the Snapdragon 855 would have really helped the performance of this phone also along  with the camera performance. I really do like the design of the phone and the improved hardware.

 

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Re: Future of Moto Z series and Moto Mod architecture?

2019-06-19, 21:30 PM

Yes, it does seem like the "handwriting is on the wall" for the end of the Z line and the mods.

I only jumped in when I got my Z2F, it came with a free projector which I have only used about twice. But I also bought the turbo battery pack and I LOVE it.


My hubby is still on his Droid Turbo 2 and has expressed an interest in the Z line now that he's aware of the Hasselblad mod.

I was happy to see that they put the headphone jack back ( hate having to carry that stupid extra cord!)


I was thinking of getting the Z4 for him, but several factors are now making me rethink it.

 

1) the lack of the Shatterproof screen

2) the lack of availability of the Turbo battery pack mod

3) no wireless charging without buying another mod ( he likes that feature on his Turbo 2)

4) the lack of availability of bumper cases

5) they didn't opt for the newer processors

 

Looking more towards a Pixel or Galaxy, now . . .

I've always had Moto phones, except for one LG, but it doesn't feel like Moto is trying hard to compete anymore.

 

Sad. . . .

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Re: Future of Moto Z series and Moto Mod architecture?

2019-06-19, 23:58 PM

Yes it's hard for me to understand why Motorola would give the Moto Z4 a 675 processor when Motorola makes the Moto G line of phones. Why would a company only make mid-range cell phones.It reminds me the other day I was in a Ford dealership and the salesman told me that Ford is only going to make trucks and SUVs and (mustangs) but not car. 

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2019-06-20, 1:20 AM

Why the 675?  Because this phone doesn't need the 855 and the extra price tag that comes with it.  This phone runs fine on the 675.  Do some research on the difference between the 675 and 855.  Unless you are a heavy gamer you will probably never notice any difference.  Moto is selling 26 Moto G phones every minute world wide according to  their  blog.  They have found their place in the global market, and it's not with $700+ phones.  Obviously some folks here want the "flagship" numbers in the spec sheet, but those phones don't sell well.  So why not stick with what is selling?

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2019-06-20, 1:58 AM

The only reason why this phone exist is for Verizon 5G Network and the 5G Moto mod. There is no real place in the market for the Moto Z line of phones in 2019. You cannot find one positive review about the Moto Z4. And that is a fact.

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2019-06-20, 2:15 AM

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The only reason why this phone exist is for Verizon 5G Network and the 5G Moto mod. There is no real place in the market for the Moto Z line of phones in 2019. You cannot find one positive review about the Moto Z4. And that is a fact.


Why did you buy one then?  And yes, there are some positive reviews.  Most may be negative but I have seen two that are positive.  And most all Moto Z reviews have been negative the last few years by the "tech experts".  I don't put much stock in their reviews.

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2019-06-20, 2:44 AM

I own a Moto Z equipped with a "flagship" 820 CPU. I also own a Z3 Play with the 636 CPU. Spec wise, these processors should perform identically but nothing is further from the truth. My older model Z is noticeably much more responsive than the Z3 Play. The "janky" performance of my Z3 Play was so unbearable that I switched back to my OG Moto Z as my daily driver. Because of this experience I'm very hesitant to invest in any phone equipped with a mid-tier chipset. I bought my wife a Moto X4 and I have also noticed that it's a noticeable downgrade performance-wise. I truly wish Motorola offers at least one "powerhouse" phone for 2019. It may not be a big seller compared to the G line, but it will serve to demonstrate what Motorola phones are capable of when equipped with the latest tech. This was what the original Moto X line stood for and the G line was intended to "inherit" the best features of the X with each subsequent year.

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2019-06-20, 3:13 AM

The reasons for me buying the phone is because I am a 30-year Motorola enthusiast.I have owned 10 years of droid phones I have owned all of the Moto Z phones. And as a customer I have a right to gripe after spending over $3,400 on Moto Z phones and mods. (Can't find the box for  the original Moto Z-Force Droid)

 

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2019-06-20, 3:37 AM

I agree with you 100% and there is no way that anyone will ever make me believe that the 675 chip is comparable with snapdragon 855. And as the owner of the Moto Z3 with the 835 chip the Moto Z4 is much slower and the camera and video quality is not as good. The Snapdragon 855 chip also helps with camera and video quality, as well as AI and voice recognition not just speed and performance.

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