Motorola’s new Moto Z line features swappable modular smart backs

Anyone else starting to get the feeling that all of these modular smartphones are becoming interchangeable? Not in the sense that you can swap products cross-platform, of course. That’s not how proprietary hardware works.

The latest take on the compelling (though far from mature) space are two new Moto Z handsets, which were introduced practically concurrently with Lenovo’s long awaited Project Tango handset, another twist on smartphone modulation from Motorola’s parent company.

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be the company’s first two devices compatible with the new Moto Mods, swappable backs that bring a slew of additional features to the phones, including JBL speakers, a projector and external battery packs from TUMI and Kate Spade, of all places.

Motorola will also be opening up its Moto Mod Development Kit to third-party developers, so they can get your back, as well.

As for the phones themselves, the Verizon Droid-branded Moto Z is an extremely thin and light handset that packs in a Snapdragon 820 processor, 32GB of storage (plus a micro SD slot), and a 2600 mAh battery. The display is a 5.5-inch Quad HD and the pronounced rear-facing camera bump measures in at 13 megapixels.

Oh, and the headphone jack has officially gone the way of mini-USB here, no doubt to help shave off precious millimeters on the razor (RAZR?)-thin device, so users will need to listen via USB-C adapter or Bluetooth.

The Moto Z Force, meanwhile, sports a number of the same specs, but adds a 3500 mAh battery and a 21-megapixel camera to the mix. Both products are arriving from Verizon at some point this summer, with pre-order coming next month.