Motorola has two popular series of phones – the budget Moto G and the high-end Moto Z series. The former received a refresh in February 2019 with four Moto G7 variants and now we have the midrange Motorola Moto Z4 in town.
Unlike the G family, the Moto Z4 comes alone, but we expect a certain Moto Z4 Force to arrive later in the summer. Rumors aside, the Z4 is here to continue the legacy that has been since the beginning of the Z series – Moto Mods.
The phone becomes one of the cheapest avenues to 5G thanks to the 5G Moto Mod and even more interesting is the return of the 3.5mm audio jack and the inclusion of an in-display fingerprint scanner all at just $500 or $240 if you activate it through Verizon Wireless.
Let’s check out the specs.
Moto Z4 specifications
- 6.39-inch 19:9 FHD+ (2340×1080) OLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
- 48MP f/1.7 main camera (12MP output using Quad Pixel)
- 25MP f/2.0 front camera
- 3600mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 15W Turbo Charging, P2i splash-proof nano-coating, NFC, In-display fingerprint scanner, Moto Mods support, Nano SIM, etc.
One nasty surprise is the return of the single-lens camera on the back, a move that only Google has been able to justify on its Pixel phones. It remains to be seen how the 48MP unit will deliver, especially in a market segment where dual and even tri-lens cameras are now a thing.
Motorola is banking on features like Night Vision for better low light photos, optical image stabilization to steady unwanted camera movements, and AI to deliver quality photography. The Moto Z4 also comes with an OLED panel with an in-display fingerprint scanner and supports fast charging via a USB-C port.
Moto Z4 price and release date
The Moto Z4 was unveiled on May 30, 2019, with pre-orders for the unlocked model going live on the very same day. Shipping begins on June 6th for this model.
If you pre-order the unlocked model, Motorola will gift you a free 360 Moto Mod, to begin with. For those with older Moto Mods, you can also use them on the Moto Z4, although they might not fit naturally well due to the 2.5D curved glass back on the device.
For those eying the Verizon variant, the device will be available beginning June 13th. As long as you activate it on a new line, you’ll pay just $240 to get one. Otherwise, the price remains at $500 just like the unlocked variant, with the 5G Moto Mod attracting an extra fee of $200.
And no, there’s no free 360 Moto Mod with the VZW variant, unless Motorola confirms otherwise.
Where to buy the Moto Z4
You can pre-order/buy the Z4 from any of the four links below in either Flash Grey or Frost White colors. The phone works on all major carriers in the U.S., including the smaller ones like Boost, Metro, and Cricket, among others.
So, what do you think about the Moto Z4? Would you rather keep an eye on the developments of the Moto Z4 Force or this is it?