Motorola's Moto Z could get modular back plates

Lenovo’s next Motorola phone, the Moto Z, could be tipped to join the modular arms race with swappable back panels.

While Google’s Project Ara might be the better definition of a “modular” smartphone, LG’s flagship G5 seems to have set a new market precedent. Now, a new rumoured addition to the modular arms race could be Motorola‘s upcoming Moto Z.
While Nokia might have first set the precedent for a swappable back panel with the Lumia 1020’s camera grip, Lenovo seems to have taken the idea further by allegedly producing several different back panels that will offer different functionality under the name “MotoMods”.
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According to tech tipster Evan Blass, the Moto Z’s MotoMods line of accessories will include several different back panels, under names such as “Adventure”, “Theater”, “Stereo”, “Power”, “Style”, and “Pro Camera”.
Of that list, we’ve seen an early view of the “Power” and “Pro Camera” modules; the former appears to be a battery back which would expand the Moto Z’s battery life, while the latter appears to be a clip-on camera accessory that would give the Moto Z the shape of a hand-held camera.
Blass has suggested that other cases could offer a new set of speakers for the device, while another is alleged to include a pico projector.
Lenovo is rumoured to reveal the Moto X at its Tech World Conference, which is set to take place in San Francisco on the 9th of June. The company is likely to introduce MotoMods through its MotoMaker online service.
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What are your thoughts on the potential for the Moto Z to receive modular back panels? Would you prefer a device that covers all the bases, or picking and choosing between different elements through swapping out a back panel? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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Source: Evan Blass