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

If you take away all its fancy toys, how well does Motorola's new handset stand up to its rivals?

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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

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.

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