Coming to PH soon: Motorola Moto Z modular phone, G4, or G4 Plus?

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MOTOROLA Philippines has been dropping hints that it will bring new Moto phones to the country soon. Since October 4, the Lenovo-owned company has already posted three teasers on its Facebook page. Which models could they be? We’re willing to be they’re the Motorola Moto Z and Moto G4 or G4 Plus.

The first, as seen here, is more obvious. The teaser is a dead giveaway, as it claims the device is the thinnest smartphone in the world — and that’s the Moto Z (see the full specs here), which measures only 5.2mm thick. But the phone’s slimness is not to be associated with fragility; it’s as tough as they come. Look at the device being subjected to a bend test in the video below.

Motorola Moto Z bend test by JerryRigEverything

For us, though, what’s more interesting with the Moto Z is the modular experience it offers. You can easily attach accessories like a point-and-shoot camera with zoom lens and a battery to it through a magnetic connector. It’s what LG, with the G5, tried to achieve, but unlike the Korean’s modular smartphone, the Moto Z need not be turned off anytime you want to add a mod.

Moto Z Mod: Hasselblad True Zoom

Moto Z Mod: Hasselblad True Zoom via Tom’s Guide

You can attach accessories like a camera with zoom lens to the Moto Z. It’s what LG, with the G5, tried to achieve, but unlike the Korean’s modular smartphone, the Moto Z need not be turned off anytime you want to add a mod.

It comes with 4GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and 4K video recording, a 5.5-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, the same processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Europe and the U.S. The best part is the Android 7.0 Nougat update it will be getting this quarter.

Retail price abroad is $700 or roughly P34,000, and it would be interesting to see whether Motorola would decide to bring down the Moto Z’s price in a more price-sensitive market like ours.

The second device being teased looks like the Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus (complete specs can be found here for the Moto G4 and on this page for the Moto G4 Plus), but we’re not sure which of them will be released in the Philippines — or if both of them will be rolled out to local stores.

Both come from Motorola’s well-loved G line of midrange phones; the G4’s price starts at $200 (about P9,700) and the G4 Plus, at $250 (approximately P12,000). They basically share the same specs — Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 5.5-inch full-HD screen, 3000mAh battery, Android Marshmallow with a Nougat update coming soon — except the souped-up G4 Plus gets 3GB and 4GB RAM options as well as the 2GB being offered by the Moto G4. And that the G4 Plus has a fingerprint sensor and a better camera with more megapixel count at 16 megapixels, compared to the G4’s 13 megapixels.

Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus via Droid-Life

Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus via Droid-Life

We can’t wait to see the official announcement. For now, all we can do is wait, but it shouldn’t be long before Motorola reveals the devices that it’s launching in the Philippines.

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 22 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.