The announcement of the Moto Z was one big mixed bag. The device is Motorola’s new flagship, sporting top-of-the-line specs (other than the small 2,600mAh battery) and some serious controversy. The lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack is a big one, which means that you’ll have to use the included USB Type-C adapter.
Another controversy is that Motorola abandoned the Moto X Pure Edition’s four carrier compatibility, opting instead to make the unlocked model only support GSM radios. And of course, people are upset that Verizon is getting exclusivity for a few months while everyone else waits. Overall, people have a lot to talk about.
However, it seems that we shouldn’t count the Moto X out of the game just yet. Motorola released this statement:
Moto X is alive and well. In fact, Moto X Force recently launched in multiple new markets around the world. Moto X and Moto Z do share some great qualities, but they ultimately provide different experiences and make our portfolio more robust for consumers looking for the perfect smartphone to fit their needs. Tech-hungry consumers who are looking to get a brand new set of experiences from their smartphone will turn to Moto Z and Moto Mods.
It looks like, at least to an extent, the Moto X and Moto Z lines of devices will be sold at the same time. Maybe we’ll get another high-end Moto X flagship selling for a mid-range price, a basic device that doesn’t compete with the fancy Moto Z but takes the place of the current Moto X Pure Edition. Maybe it’ll be shifted to an even lower-end set of devices.
Does this ease your mind about the Moto Z’s shortcomings? Would you consider a more budget-friendly Moto X over the new Moto Z and its MotoMods? Leave a comment with your thoughts on the situation!