Motorola Launches Fourth-Generation of Its Modular Phone

Lenovo-owned Motorola is launching the 4th gen of its Moto Z line, the Moto Z4. The company’s newest Moto Z phone comes with some sweet upgrades across the board.

With 5G being the highlight of most Android phones this year, Motorola is obviously talking a lot about the Moto Z’s 5G module that allows users to enjoy 5G on their phone through the 5G moto mod. The device is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor (yes, that’s an old processor) clocked at 2GHz. For the display, you are getting a 6.4-inch OLED display with an edge-to-edge design and a tear-drop notch offering the highest ever screen-to-body ration on a Motorola phone.

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Motorola is also making a big deal out of the cameras on the device, which includes a 48MP rear camera that uses a new Quad Pixel tech that allows the camera to take high-quality 12MP images with 4x better light sensitivity. There’s also a Night Vision mode that can take better pictures at night.

For the battery, you are getting a 3600mAh battery that will apparently provide 2 days of battery life, with support for fast-charging via Motorola’s TurboPower tech.

Motorola says the new Moto Z4 will be available at Verizon next month, starting at $499.99. It will be available in Canada later this Summer.

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  • ben55124

    Premium Member
    30 May, 2019 - 10:37 am

    <p>SD625? So you need to find the guy who needs 5g and is ok with a 2017 midrange processor.</p>

    • ben55124

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      30 May, 2019 - 10:50 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#431624">In reply to ben55124:</a></em></blockquote><p>correction – the link says SD675 – so ok for 2019 midranger, but good luck against the Pixel3a since 5g signal is hard to find.</p>

  • mtalinm

    30 May, 2019 - 10:44 am

    <p>sounds amazing. I had the original Moto Z Force and it was a delightful phone. still have all the mods. I may pick this up.</p>

  • djross95

    Premium Member
    30 May, 2019 - 10:46 am

    <p>SD 670 and Verizon-exclusive? Ugh…</p>

  • Tony Barrett

    30 May, 2019 - 11:05 am

    <p>I'm still using a Moto G5+ from 2017 – which has a SD625 SoC. So yes, the fact the Z4 has the same CPU does shows it's using some old chippery, which is strange. The new Pixel3a uses the SD670, which is much newer, and would probably have been a better fit for the Z4. Odd call from Moto.</p>

    • My Hell baby speaking

      30 May, 2019 - 11:42 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#431645">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>From the Moto blog:</p><p>"<em>Powered by Qualcomm’s® new Snapdragon™ 675 2GHz octa-core processor, the </em><strong><em>moto z</em></strong><sup><strong><em>4</em></strong></sup><em> is powerful yet efficient</em> […]"</p><p><br></p><p>Too bad, that the Moto mods did not prove popular sufficiently. </p><p>Especially in times of (sealed) batteries depleting after 1+ yrs, the life span of any Moto Z model with a Power Pack mod is vastly increased.</p>

    • CompUser

      30 May, 2019 - 2:27 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#431645">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>I just ordered a Moto G7 from Amazon last night, and will get it tomorrow. I've never had a Motorola phone and was just wondering how you like your G5 as far as general Motorola quality/convenience features?</p>

      • Tony Barrett

        31 May, 2019 - 7:47 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#431699">In reply to CompUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>The G5 has actually been very reliable, and I haven't had any real problems. I've had Moto's before, and for the money, you can't really go wrong. What Moto tend to have problems with though (and this goes for many Android vendors) is supplying timely security updates and major releases. My G5 finally received Android 8.1 late last year (6 months late), and get's security updates only every few months.</p><p>I'm probably going back to Google next, and getting a Pixel 3a, although the Z4 looks interesting, and if it's actually running a SD675 (and not the 625), then that's a bonus!</p>

        • palmpre

          01 June, 2019 - 7:08 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#431992">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote><em>I think Moto has been pretty good about security updates. I'm using an X4 and security updates are available about a month or two after I hear about them from Google. They probably have to run a whole suite of regression tests on every update.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • wolters

    Premium Member
    30 May, 2019 - 11:28 am

    <p>I had the&nbsp;original Moto Z Force Droid that I used after the Note 7 debacle and I actually liked it quite a bit and the mods worked well. But it seems like Motorola just isn't putting much into it anymore…</p>

  • docpaul

    30 May, 2019 - 8:03 pm

    <p>I will probably continue my phone buying trend and pick this up next year when the price hits around $200.</p>

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