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The Moto Z vs. the competition: Much more than a gimmick

Engadget Engadget 9/06/2016 Kris Naudus
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The biggest selling point of the new Moto Z and its fancier sibling the Moto Z Force might be the trio of "Mods" that let you boost the device's battery life, pump up the volume or even make the it into a handheld projector. But how does this new handset compare with the other big accessory-adorned handset on the market, the LG G5? And should you choose either phone over more straightforward flagships like the Galaxy S7 or iPhone 6s Plus? We've lined up the specs of the Moto Z against these formidable competitors to see what it brings to the table, no frills attached.

Moto ZLG G5HTC 10Samsung Galaxy S7iPhone 6s Plus
PricingTBAvaries by carrier on contract; $650 off-contract$699 (off-contract)$200 (on-contract)$299, $399, $499 (on contract); $749, $849, $949 (off-contract)
Known dimensions155.3 x 75.3 x 5.19mm (6.11 x 2.96 x 0.20 inches)149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3mm (5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches)145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0-9.0mm (5.74 x 2.83 x 0.12-0.35 inches)142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches)158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches)
Weight136g (4.8 ounces)159g (5.61 ounces)161g (5.68 ounces)152g (5.36 ounces)192g (6.77 ounces)
Screen size5.5 inches (139.7mm)5.3 inches (134.62mm)5.2 inches (132.08mm)5.1 inches (129.2mm)5.5 inches (139.7mm)
Screen resolution2,560 x 1,440 (535 ppi)2,560 x 1,440 (554 ppi)2,560 x 1,440 (564 ppi)2,560 x 1,440 (577 ppi)1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi)
Screen typeQuad HD AMOLEDQuad HD IPS LCD QuantumSuper LCD 5Quad HD Super AMOLEDRetina HD IPS LCD
Internal storage32 / 64GB32GB32GB32GB16 / 64 / 128GB
External storagemicroSDmicroSDmicroSDmicroSDNone
Rear camera13MP, f/1.8, 1.12µm pixel size16MP, f/1.8, 1.12µm pixel size12MP, f/1.8, 1.55µm pixel size12MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixel size12MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.22µm pixel size
Front-facing cam5MP8MP5MP, f/1.8, 1.34µm pixel size5MP5MP FaceTime HD, f/2.2
Video capture4K at 30fps4K4K4K at 30fps4K at 30fps
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 820Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Apple A9
CPU2.2GHz quad-core2.15GHz quad-core2.2GHz quad-core2.15GHz quad-core1.8GHz dual-core
GPUAdreno 530Adreno 530Adreno 530Adreno 530PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600
WiFiDual band, 802.11acDual band, 802.11acDual band, 802.11acDual band, 802.11acDual band, 802.11ac
Operating systemAndroid 6.0Android 6.0Android 6.0Android 6.0iOS 9
Standout featuresFingerprint sensor, USB Type-CFingerprint sensor, USB Type-CFingerprint sensor, USB Type-CFingerprint sensor, IP68 certified3D Touch, 2nd-gen Touch ID, Retina flash
AccessoriesMoto Mods: Insta-Share Projector, SoundBoost speaker, Power PackLG Friends: Cam, Cam Plus, Hi-Fi Plus (not available in US), VRNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable

* Specs in italics are unconfirmed.

You'll have to wait for our review to get the final verdict on the Moto Z and its Mods, but be sure to check out our hands-on post from today's event for some initial impressions.

Get all the news from today's Lenovo and Motorola event right here!

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