Lenovo Moto Z Review – PhoneWorld | What Cel

admin February 17, 2017
Updated 2017/02/17 at 12:40 PM
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Lenovo Moto Z Review

This year, Lenovo has decided to hit the market with some high-end smartphones, while on other hand -since Lenovo acquired Motorola, so basically the Moto Z is product of Lenovo and Motorola acquisition. We are looking forward to see some best smartphone ins result of acquisition. The Lenovo Moto Z is completely high end smartphone with some modular experience, modular phones still an illusion but slowly the manufacturers have started to implement the modular phones concepts.

So, that was short introduction of Lenovo and Motorola acquisition. We have Lenovo Moto Z for detailed review. Before heading towards review, let’s have go through specs sheet. the moto Z employed one of Qualcomm flagship chipset Snapdragon 820 with Adreno 530 GPU. The display configurations are 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display skinned with Gorilla Glass 4, the camera has 16MP shooter on back and front set up is 8MP with dedicated LED Flash.

The moto Z is ultra slim smartphone with 5.2 mm thickness and carries 2600mAh fixed battery beneath back cover which is also Gorilla Glass 4. the phone full functional support/ compatibility for Moto mods.

The phone is equally beautifully as packed with killer hardware configurations, the premium design, metal and glass build and addition of modular touch will definitely amazed. But I must say Lenovo engineers paid serious attention to design language hence the moto Z is fruit of their hard work and dedications.

Lenovo Moto Z Unboxing:

Lenovo moto z  is packed in a simple rectangular box which has all necessary accessories in it. The best thing is it has super quick charger further headphones and user guide-book is packed in a box.

Price and Specifications of Lenovo Moto Z:

LAUNCH Released  February, 2017
Availability  Available
BODY Dimensions  153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm
Weight  136g
SIM Slot  Dual SIM (Nano SIM )
DISPLAY Type  Super AMOLED display
Size  5.5 inches (~72.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution  1440 x 2560 pixels (~535 ppi)
Multi-touch  Yes, 10-Point
NETWORK Network Support  GSM/3G/LTE
2G Bands  900/1800
3G Bands  2100
4G Bands  1800
Speed  HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
PLATFORM Os  Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset  Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
CPU  octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU  Adreno 530
MEMORY Card Slot  Yes, up to 256 GB
internal  32 GB/64 GB, 4 GB
CAMERA Primary  13 MP, f/1.8, laser autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual  tone) flash
Features  Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
Video  [email protected], [email protected]
Secondary  5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture
COMMS WLAN  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n, dual band,  hotspot
Bluetooth  v4.1
GPS  Yes, with A-GPS
Radio  Yes
USB  Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors  Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, rotation  vector
BATTERY  Non-removable 2600 mAh Li-ion battery, Turbo-power  quick charging
PRICE  PKR.75000/-
OTHERS Colors  Black, Rose Gold, White


  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64 GB Internal Storage
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • 4G enabled device
  • 10-points in multi-touch

Cons :

Design of Lenovo Moto Z:

The Lenovo moto Z has unveiled with 5.5inch Quad-HD AMOLED display having (1440 x 2560px) resolution. Yet it’s a challenge for 2600mAH battery backup to handle high resolution screen. But on brighter side, AMOLED has an edge displaying darker areas, more crispy colors,  better color saturation, and more efficient to battery.

The main advantage of AMOLED display technology is to turn off black pixels, as when moto Z shows time and notifications on display.

The moto Z has two color modes for colors to be appeared on screen, the one is standard and Vibrant. With Standard setting, the colors become too cool and whitish too, the brightness and sharpness is decreased.

When you check Vibrant setting, it enhances the color and saturation, the colors appear more vivid and crispy.

Design of Lenovo Moto Z:

Well, we are at design phase, this what Motorola and Lenovo would feel proud off because moto Z is amazingly beautiful and ultra-thin that is the thing which catch the attention at first glimpse. But the ultra-thinness of just 5.2mm results smaller place for battery which comes up with 2600 mAh battery.

The Motorola has done it technically, the main issue with moto Z is sharp edge that troubles when carrying without style shell, the camera also 2mm elevated from back without style shell.

The style shell is made of faux-leather which looks good and attractive in hands. You can pick which suits you the most. this also helps to protect the mod pins and protect camera ring and back from fraction with erosive surface.

The front is decorated with QHD display covered with Gorilla Glass 4, the moto Z has many things to show off on the front, the top of screen is set up for big earpiece and speaker too, the 8MP selfie shooter along with LED flash. the front side has motion sensor that turn on the screen to show notifications.

The bottom has no capacitive keys but fingerprint scanner and couple of sensor are also there, there is no notification of LED as screen has always on feature to show notifications and time. Couple of sensor are also there on bottom of front which are invisible. There are two tiny pinholes for mic out of total four.

Moving to moto Z edges, the top edge is home to SIM tray that accepts two while the SIM2 has hybrid nature to accommodate micro SD card and secondary mic for noise cancellation. Beside on the right side, moto Z has three physical button. The power button is patterned to differentiate easily, the bottom has Type-C port with a lot jobs to be performed like OTG, and magnetic connector.

As Lenovo decided to drop the option of dedicated 3.5mm audio jack, moto Z has no headphone jack, yet the retail box contain an adopter included that convert type-c port to audio jack.

The side of moto Z has much to offer, at first look without style shell it looks kind of circuitry but indeed Motorola and Lenovo has stepped in era of modular phones as moto Z has full compatibility with moto mods.

There are two glass on top and bottom of back which allow smooth single go through it like connectivity of NFC and Bluetooth.

The camera on the back coupled with dual-LED flash and laser focus sensors are placed on single ring with Moto logo.

The back-metal surface has pins-striped, that never been seen on other devices, but this what makes the moto Z to connect moto mods. The metal plate on back get fingerprint quickly and hard to keep it clean, so better to be covered with style shell.

Memory for Lenovo Moto Z:

The Lenovo moto Z come with 4GB RAM, yet in-term of ROM it has two version 32GB and 64GB ROM. this pretty much space to store huge data and if still moto Z runs out of space, the SIM2 slot has option of microSD card support upto 256GB.

Rear Camera of Lenovo Moto Z:

The moto Z got 16MP lens on the back and front is 5MP selfie snapper with dedicated flash on front. The Lenovo has put dual-LED flash with addition of Laser auto focus to help low light focusing.

The camera App has simple classy interface with three toggles at top are HDR, Flash and Timer, the bottom has camera switcher, shutter button and camera button to select modes. The front camera has extra toggle on the top i.e. Beauty mode. The HDR mode can be activated with single tap. The moto Z has option to zoom the object up to 8x zoom with slider appears on screen by swiping on from top to down and vice versa. The brightness can be increased through taping over the object.

the available modes for moto z cameras are Professional (gives control of ISO, shutter speed, white balance, timer, manual focus), Slow motion, Panorama, Video, and Normal, while there are no special effects. The Lenovo moto Z setting options aren’t too complicated. The General settings includes shutter sound and Quick capture. While phone has just photo size has shutter type like capture the image through shutter button or anywhere touch on screen.

Moving towards video settings, it lists two option -the one for video size and other for slow motion video size. The moto Z can make 4K Ultra HD video with 30fps and FHD video with 60fps.

HDR performance mode works fine to make give top level result, the color reproduction is great that is witnessed in flagship phones. While on the other hand low light photography has a lot more to cover and need some improvement. The panorama mode allows you to make 100degree wider photos.

Front Camera of Lenovo Moto Z:

The Moto Z carries 5MP front facing camera with LED flash, so the low light selfies is now no issue for moto Z. hence the HDR mode is also available for front camera to ehance exposure and colors, the selfies with are colorful soft and saturated. well, talking about the beauty mode, it can be set on auto, manual.

Connectivity of Lenovo Moto Z:

The moto Z is dual SIM phone with LTE support on both SIM Slots. The network band that moto Z support are LTE Bands: 2, 3, 5, 7, 13. It includes all the bands for 4G LTE and HSPA in Pakistan.

The Motorola moto Z has Type-c USB port which works as audio jack (through an adapter) as there is no audio jack. Hence there is no FM radio chip too.

For local connectivity, the Lenovo Moto Z has Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (5GHz), NFC, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 4.1, and moto mods allows to connect range of different hardware including projector, camera, speakers etc.

Battery Performance of Lenovo Moto Z:

Lenovo moto z has just 2600 mAh fixed battery which is a bad point of moto z because they should give at least 3000 mAh or bigger battery. The battery has provided us satisfactory performance because it has snap dragon chip set which worked as battery saving also. Excessive usage of 4G/3G will drain the battery very quickly.

Interface of Lenovo Moto Z:

The moto Z is using Android Marshmallow v6.0 with a bit customization from Lenovo. the interface is native android user interface, yet some customization have made to connect moto mods, motorala id etc.

The fingerscanner has been added at front bottom panel, the fingerprint is not use to unlock the moto Z yet it can lock the phone by swiping any finger. The motion sensors aroud the screen are used to wake up the phone screen showing time and notifications.

Processor of Lenovo Moto Z:

The Moto Z features Motorola’s ‘Mobile Computing System’ which joins a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU (dual-core 2.15 GHz Kyro & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kyro) and Adreno 520 with a Natural Language Processor and Contextual Computing Processor. There is also a healthy 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

Likewise, the Snapdragon 820 is quite the improvement over the CPU found in the Moto Z’s predecessor: the Moto X Pure Edition (A.K.A. Moto X Style), which sported a 6-core Snapdragon 808 CPU.

Galaxy S7 (U.S. models), and HTC 10. All of these phones will perform similarly with some phones perhaps outperforming others with different speeds of RAM or internal storage speeds for reading and writing.

We’ve also tossed in a couple of phones that use alternative-CPUs like the Samsung Galaxy S7 (Exynos 8890) and the Huawei P9 (HiSilicon Kirin 955).

Antutu Benchmarking of Lenovo Moto Z:

Antutu Benchmarking has tested moto z to check its performance. It has scored 10 points in multi touch testing and total score is  which is extremely well. Every part of device is tested and it has performed well.

Vellamo Benchmarking for Lenovo Moto Z:

The moto z is tested by vellamo to check its efficiency in the field of metal test, multi-core test and chrome test. The device has scored 1486 points in metal test, 1955 points in multi-core test and 3193 points in chrome browser test.



Lenovo moto z is having latest features such as moto-moods functions, which is totally new thing in technology world. The camera results are very impressive and with 4GB RAM it is providing us a fast and better experience. The device can easily compete with its competitors and we have tested the device in every section and it has performed very well.


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