Motorola, owned by Lenovo, has announced and released a new Stereo Speaker Mod for its Moto Z series of smartphones including both Moto Z and Moto Z2 models. It’s as simple as a snap to install using the pins located on the back of compatible Moto Z phone. This is super convenient since you’ll no longer have to carry around an extra speaker.
To compare the new Moto Stereo Speaker mod with recent entrants to the Moto Mod family, JBL SoundBoost 2 and Amazon Alexa Speaker were recently released at $79 and $149 respectively while Moto’s new speaker has been set at only $59. All three are said to offer similar sound quality, but this one features no extras like the older two. In other words, don’t expect Alexa support here.
Unlike the JBL SoundBoost 2, Moto Stereo Speaker does not have a built-in battery. Instead, it draws power from the user’s smartphone so that it does not have to be charged. This is nice, but it also takes away from your phone’s battery life. So it could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. With no battery inside, the mod is super lightweight. However, it does feature some bulk so you’ll know it’s there for sure. There’s also a round kickstand built-in, which is a cool bonus and neat implementation.
Moto Stereo Speaker comes in three colors as pictured: Red, Blue and Black. Right now, all three are available exclusively from Motorola’s online store linked below. However, we’d expect retailers with addition to Verizon to carry the mod soon. If $59 is too much to pay all at once, Motorola will even let you finance this device for $10 per month over six months at no interest.
Motorola has not yet released its Android-powered collection for 2018 including its Moto Z flagships, which will likely work with the new mod. The company has been struggling lately in its mobile division, and has been forced to restructure and hire a new president. We’re however, expecting new phones very soon, as in later this month. We’ve seen leaks of new flagship smartphones, a possible Moto E successor, a Moto X5, and new Moto G6 models. Not much has been heard about Moto Z.
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