The latest Droids are near. Verizon and Lenovo today announced that the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid will launch on the leading US carrier on July 28th — a week from today. Preorders for the two smartphones with modular "MotoMods" attachments start today. The Moto Z retails for $624 or $26 monthly on Verizon's device payment plan. The Moto Z Force is slightly more expensive at $720 full price of $30 on the plan.
Both devices share a number of hardware specs: they've each got a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and offer either 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage, plus microSD expansion up to 2TB. They also both lack a headphone jack, forcing users to either go wireless with Bluetooth headphones or use a bundled USB-C dongle.
The new Droids differ in three areas: battery, camera, and display protection. The Moto Z Force has a 3500mAh battery, but the regular Z's is smaller at 2600mAh. The Force has a 21-megapixel rear camera; the Z again drops lower at 13 megapixels. And whereas the Moto Z uses Gorilla Glass 4 to protect its display, the Moto Z Force features Moto's ShatterShield technology and is guaranteed not to crack or shatter from everyday drops.
Then you get to the snap-on MotoMod accessories, which aren't exactly cheap. From most expensive to cheapest, they rank as follows:
- Motorola Insta-Share projector: $299.99
- JBL Soundboost speaker: $79.99
- 2200mAh battery packs from Incipio, Tumi, and Kate Spade: Prices range from $59.99 to $89.99
- Incipio back plates: $14.99