Moto is continuing the tradition. Alongside its newly released Moto Z2 Play, the brand is also launching the new Moto Mods. The brand refreshed the proprietary accessories for its flagships, and they’ve diversified the line by adding a game controller.
For a quick history lesson, the Moto Mods was first introduced last year. The idea might have rooted from the axed Project Ara modular smartphone from Google. It was also Moto’s answer to the disappointing LG G5, which required the user to completely shut down the device when swapping “mods”. The Moto Mods are attached easily at the back thanks to magnets — no need to turn off the device.
To start, we have the new addition to the Moto Mods family. Meet the Moto GamePad, a game controller that connects directly to any Moto Z device. The mod has dual control sticks on both sides, a D-pad, four action buttons to the right, L3D and R3D, Select, Start, and Home buttons. It also has its own 1,035mAh to power itself to up to 8 hours of gameplay.
Undeniably, the Moto GamePad looks sleek. It kind of looks like a Nintendo Switch at first glance due to the symmetrical shape of the controller to the handset itself. It will be available for $79.99 (around Php4,000).
Moto Style Shells
Next, we have the Moto Style Shells which will not only give an extra design flavor to the Moto Zs, but will also equip it with Qi and PMA wireless charging capability. You can choose from different looks like the Ebony Burl Wood, Grey Herringbone Nylon, Cateye Wood, and Floral Print. The “stylish” mods will be sold for $39.99 (around Php2,000) a piece.
JBL SoundBoost 2
This third one is for the entertainment junkies. The JBL SoundBoost 2 is the follow-up to the original from last year.This thing can provide up to 10 hours of audio. It also comes with a built-in kickstand for when you’re watching videos. This speaker plug-in will retail for $79.99 (around Php4,000) just like the GamePad.
Moto TurboPower Pack
And lastly, we have the Moto TurboPower Pack. Despite being the most basic and non-exciting mod of the bunch, it is actually the most useful. You’ll appreciate this if you’re a power-user or just one of the majority who is sick and tired of constantly charging their device.
This thing will add an extra 3,490mAh charge to your battery — that’s even larger than the Moto Z2 Play’s built-in battery. What’s even more interesting is, it does support quick charging. This Moto Mod can make a smartphone go from 0% to 50% in just 20 minutes.
It’s quite surprising that Motorola didn’t come up with a follow-up to last year’s Hasselblad Zoom lens mod. But nonetheless, quite a lot of people found it useless, so I think Moto made the right decision of skipping it this time.
It looks like the new Moto Mods will be available at the same time with the new Moto Z2 Play. We still have to wait for the official word from Moto’s Philippine counterpart regarding the official local pricing and availability.