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New Moto 360 Camera Mod Looks Similar To Essential's 360-Degree Camera

4 July 2017, 1:59 pm EDT By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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Motorola continues to expand its Moto Mod lineup with speakers, gamepads, and whatnot. Now it's bringing the new Moto 360 Camera Mod to the table, which reminds us of Essential's 360-degree camera.  ( Evan Blass | Twitter )

Motorola's Moto Mods lineup currently has speakers, a projector, battery packs, a shell that adds wireless charging and style, and even a gamepad, so what's next? A 360-degree camera, of course.

Just like Android cofounder Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1, the Moto Z aims to bring the 360-degree photography experience to the mobile.

New Moto 360 Camera Mod Revealed

Motorola took the stage in Ghana to take the wraps off the new Moto 360 Camera Mod.

Notable leakster Evan Blass got ahold of the render for the accessory and spread the word online via Twitter.

Exact specifications of the Moto 360 Camera Mod are currently scarce at best. In other words, Motorola has yet to outline the camera's capabilities, pricing, and release date.

However, from the look of things, each side of the attachment will have a fisheye lens to capture 360-degree images and videos. Needless to say, it'll snap on the back of any Moto Z phone and cover the rear entirely, with the camera itself jutting out at the top, based on the picture above.

Essential's 360-Degree Camera Gets Competition

The new Moto 360 Camera Mod seems like it'll go toe-to-toe with Essential's 360-degree camera accessory for the Essential PH-1, from the 360-degree offering to the design.

That shouldn't come as much of a surprise, though. Lenovo-owned Motorola and Essential are defining today's "modular" phones, after all.

Now that the LG G5 and its friends and Google's ill-fated Project Ara are out of the picture, the age of mobile modularity is more or less in the hands of Motorola and Essential — that is, until an upstart or existing company decides to join the fray.

Samsung's In The Game Too

A part of the competition, Samsung has the Gear 360 camera, which was released back in May.

Of course, it's in a slightly different playing field as the Moto 360 Camera Mod and Essential's 360-degree camera because it's more of an independent device rather than a modular accessory.

Still, it's worth mentioning that the South Korean brand is making 360-degree photography easily accessible for consumers as well.

In other related news, Motorola recently outed the release dates and prices for its new set of Moto Mods — the Moto GamePad, the JBL SoundBoost 2, the Moto TurboPower Pack, and the Moto Style Shell with Wireless Charging.

Long story short, the Moto Mods series continues to grow, bringing more clever features to the table as time goes by. That's expected too since Motorola aims to launch at least 12 of them this 2017.

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