Lenovo and Motorola take the wraps off Moto Mods, modules that give the Moto Z and Z Force more functions and power in a snap — literally.
Straight off the bat, the pair unveiled three of these smartphone-augmenting accessories: Moto Insta-Share Projector, JBL SoundBoost speaker and Incipio offGRID Power Pack. As for how they're attached, they use "really strong magnets" to stay in place, and to connect to the handset, they do so via 16 pogo pins.
What's more, the device maker also has something in store for the fashion-conscious smartphone user called the Style Shell, back covers that add a touch of personalization and color.
Moto Insta-Share Projector
As the name suggests, the Moto Insta-Share Projector lets the user project a 70-inch screen onto any flat surface to display photos, videos and whatnot, making it easier to conduct business presentations or to share memories with family and friends.
With a 1,100 mAh battery, it's expected to last for about an hour before using up the smartphone's juice.
JBL SoundBoost Speaker
Coming in with a stereo speaker setup, the JBL SoundBoost Speaker instantly gives the handset what it needs to deliver rich sound.
On top of that, it comes with a kickstand too so that users can watch videos on it in a great viewing angle or simply prop it to make the entire music listening experience a whole deal better, not to mention that it can reach up to 80 dB SPL.
Also, it's fitted with a 1,000 mAh pack that boasts 10 hours' worth of battery life, extending how long the mobile can stay on.
Incipio offGRID Power Pack
Just like the JBL speaker, the Incipio offGRID Power Pack provides some extra precious juice to keep the lights on, but the difference is that it's on a whole 'nother level, adding in 22 — count 'em — hours of extra battery life.
To keep the good news rolling, it won't even make the smartphone bulky because of its "sleek, integrated design."
Moto Style Shell
The Moto Style Shell is simple: It allows the user to quickly and conveniently change the smartphone's appearance. There's also a lot of colors and textures to choose from, including but not limited to leather and wood.
It's also worth mentioning that these come with perfect timing, right when the smartphone market is taking a hard hit, as they provide a rather interesting offer compared to simple and typical upgrades in terms of performance, display or battery life.
"[I]nnovation has stagnated and is often incremental at best. Small changes in display size or megapixels make headlines, yet marginally impact overall experience to the point that new smartphones have become predictable," Motorola says.
With the new Moto smartphones and the Moto Mods hitting the mobile industry along with the LG G5 plus its Friends and the upcoming Google Project Ara, the future of modular devices is looking bright.
As for availability, the Moto Mods and Moto Style Shells will be available at the same day as the Moto Z and Z Force this summer.