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

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 Z
LG G5
HTC 10
Samsung Galaxy S7
iPhone 6s Plus
Pricing
TBA
varies by carrier on contract; $650 off-contract
$699 (off-contract)
$200 (on-contract)
$299, $399, $499 (on contract); $749, $849, $949 (off-contract)
Known dimensions
155.3 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)
Weight
136g (4.8 ounces)
159g (5.61 ounces)
161g (5.68 ounces)
152g (5.36 ounces)
192g (6.77 ounces)
Screen size
5.5 inches (139.7mm)
5.3 inches (134.62mm)
5.2 inches (132.08mm)
5.1 inches (129.2mm)
5.5 inches (139.7mm)
Screen resolution
2,560 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 type
Quad HD AMOLED
Quad HD IPS LCD Quantum
Super LCD 5
Quad HD Super AMOLED
Retina HD IPS LCD
Battery
2,600mAh
2,800mAh
3,000mAh
3,000mAh
2,750mAh
Internal storage
32 / 64GB
32GB
32GB
32GB
16 / 64 / 128GB
External storage
microSD
microSD
microSD
microSD
None
Rear camera
13MP, f/1.8, 1.12µm pixel size
16MP, f/1.8, 1.12µm pixel size
12MP, f/1.8, 1.55µm pixel size
12MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixel size
12MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.22µm pixel size
Front-facing cam
5MP
8MP
5MP, f/1.8, 1.34µm pixel size
5MP
5MP FaceTime HD, f/2.2
Video capture
4K at 30fps
4K
4K
4K at 30fps
4K at 30fps
NFC
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth
v4.2
v4.2
v4.2
v4.2
v4.2
SoC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Apple A9
CPU
2.2GHz quad-core
2.15GHz quad-core
2.2GHz quad-core
2.15GHz quad-core
1.8GHz dual-core
GPU
Adreno 530
Adreno 530
Adreno 530
Adreno 530
PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600
RAM
4GB
4GB
4GB
4GB
2GB
WiFi
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Operating system
Android 6.0
Android 6.0
Android 6.0
Android 6.0
iOS 9
Standout features
Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified
3D Touch, 2nd-gen Touch ID, Retina flash
Accessories
Moto Mods: Insta-Share Projector, SoundBoost speaker, Power Pack
LG Friends: Cam, Cam Plus, Hi-Fi Plus (not available in US), VR
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not 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!