Motorola has two popular series of phones – the budget Moto G and the high-end Moto Z series. The former has already received four Moto G7 phones and now attention has turned to the latter, with the company expected to unveil the Moto Z4 and possibly a Moto Z4 Play.
We’ve heard several stories about the Moto Z4 and its counterpart, the Moto Z4 Play. At some point, it has even been claimed that Motorola could launch a single Moto Z4 handset in place of the usual set of minimum two variants since the first Moto Z.
But with Motorola yet to acknowledge or distance itself from these rumors, we believe anything is possible, including having up to three Z4 variants the same way it happened with the original Moto Z series.
In this post, we’ll talk about what’s out there regarding the Moto Z4 (and/or Moto Z4 Play for that matter), be it the looks, photography, software, pricing, the expected release date, and so on.
No Moto Z4 Play, only the standard Z4
In November 2018, alleged Motorola Moto Z4 specs appeared online, pointing to what we expect to see on the premium Z4 handset – the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm alongside premium-like memory options.
Considering this same rumor got the supposed Moto G7 and G7 Plus specs wrong, it’s hard to believe the Z4 could face a different fate. It’s even harder to believe most of what’s being said about the Moto Z4 series, especially because of the continued mix-up between the standard and Play variants.
But from what we’ve gathered so far, it seems the Moto Z4 Play won’t happen this year, instead, we only get the Moto Z4. Below are the rumored specs of this device.
Moto Z4 specs
- 6.4-inch 19.5:9 Super AMOLED display, FHD+ (1080×2340) resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
- 4GB or 6GB RAM
- 64GB or 128GB expandable storage
- 48MP main camera
- 25MP front camera
- 3600mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, In-display fingerprint scanner, IP67, Moto Mods, etc.
The Moto Z series, being Motorola’s premium offering, ought to be powered by a flagship Snapdragon 800 series processor. But looking at the rumored specs sheet above, it seems the Moto Z4 will slot in as a midrange device with some of the premium specs we see on $1000 phones.
The 3.5mm audio jack is back!
The Moto Z lineup has the first Android devices to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack. After three years, though, Motorola is set to bring it back with the Moto Z4.
To date, we’ve seen quite a number of photos alleged to be of the Moto Z4/Play. While the easy-to-notice modularity on the back panel has been occupying many fans since then, the latest renders further reveal that the Z4 will not only bring back the 3.5mm audio jack but also keep the future-proof USB Type-C port.
However, despite this little change, the overall design language of the Moto Z4 is set to be the same old one that includes a rounded camera with a significant bump. The company’s M logo is right below the camera in what looks like a fingerprint scanner, but no, it isn’t. Apparently, the Z4 will be Moto’s first with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Unlike the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play, the leaked images of the Moto Z4 show off a display screen with an Infinity-U style notch that houses the front camera. Right above it is the earpiece and interestingly, the speaker is also placed at the top while the USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack are on the opposite end.
At this point, it’s all a little confusing, but do keep in mind that these are based on rumors and leaks.
A single-lens camera on the back
The Moto Z2 Play is the last device in the Moto Z series to come with a single-lens camera on the back. Ever since all Z handsets have had dual-lens cameras, but rumors have repeatedly suggested that the Moto Z4 will get a single-lens shooter.
As per the leaked images, which come from a highly trusted source (evleaks), the device will indeed get a single-lens shooter on the back believed to be a massive 48MP unit. The lens will use Quad Pixel technology to combine four pixels into one that delivers a 12MP image. The 25MP selfie camera will also come with Quad Pixel technology to improve on low-light photography.
How having a massive 48MP single-lens camera will aid improve the Z4’s photography over its predecessor is still unknown, but hey, we’ve seen Google doing it multiple times with one lens on the Pixels so why not Motorola?
Digital Wellbeing, Google Lens, Night Vision and more
As part of the preinstalled Android 9 Pie, the Moto Z4 is said to come with Google’s Digital Wellbeing and Lens pre-installed. Motorola will also include support for Moto Display, Actions, and Experiences out of the box.
The rumored Night Vision will also come preinstalled in the camera app. The Moto Z4 is also expected to support Call Screen, be it out of the box or via a software update like other Moto phones.
5G Moto Mod
Motorola is still keeping modularity alive with the Moto Z4 and given that the Moto Z3 can support 5G with the help of the 5G Moto Mod, the Moto Z4 should also follow suit.
Verizon is expected to officially begin its 5G journey in mid-May 2019 with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The carrier is also the exclusive seller of the Moto Z3 in the U.S.
How much for the Moto Z4?
Now, onto the most important part. When do you get to buy the Moto Z4 and at what cost? Motorola hasn’t revealed pricing and availability details of the Moto Z4, but we can have an educated guess. Even better is that we have an alleged leak that claims the Z4 will cost $399, which makes a whole lot of sense considering the specs on display.
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It was in August when Motorola released the Moto Z3 and Moto Z2 Force. If this timeline is to be maintained, we should see the Moto Z4 in August 2019.
As for the pricing, it’s anyone’s guess. Last year, Motorola didn’t put up a fight with the big boys, instead, the company released the Moto Z3 with 2017 flagship specs at half the price of a typical flagship phone. If anything, it seems this is Moto’s new model. But as we said, it’s anyone’s guess.
So, what do you think about the rumors surrounding the Moto Z4 (and Z4 Play for that matter)?