While we’ve seen many smartphone makers try and fail to sell smartphones with “modular” hardware features, Motorola seems to have been the most successful with its Moto Mods. Okay, they may not technically be “modular” accessories since they attach to the back of Moto Z phones via magnets, but it’s the next best thing, and these Moto Mods work really well.
The nicest thing about Moto Mods is that a number of them are available to buy right now for devices in Motorola’s Moto Z lineup, and even more are on the way. Here’s a quick look at all of the mods, including the new Moto Mods you can buy, along with the older ones, and a few that are scheduled to be released in the very near future.
Which phones work with Moto Mods?
At the moment, there are actually seven handsets that support Moto Mods:
That’s a pretty solid base, consisting of phones released in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
List of currently available Moto Mods
5G Moto Mod
Verizon has just started to turn on its 5G network, and it’s also begun to sell the 5G Moto Mod add-on that’s compatible with the Moto Z3 and Moto Z4. If you already own one of these phones, you can just purchase the add-on and, if you are lucky enough to live in Verizon’s 5G network, claim to be one of the first to own a 5G smartphone (sort of).
This Moto Mod incorporates the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem for the 5G network connection and it also has its own 2,000mAh battery inside. Normally the accessory is priced $349.99 but Verizon is currently selling it for just $199.99. Verizon does require that customers have a Moto Z3/Z4 on their account before they will sell them the 5G Moto Mod. Verizon only turned on its 5G network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, but more cities will be added in 2019.
Moto Insta-Share Projector
The Moto Insta-Share Projector is perfect for business users who may want to show a presentation on the road without the need for a standalone projector or PC. The projector contains a 100mAh battery and a 50-lumen projector that should last about an hour on a full charge. It also comes with a stiff folding stand that allows the image coming from the projector to be placed on any surface.
The image projected by the Moto Mod can go up to 70 inches at a 480p resolution on a wall. Amazon is currently selling this Moto Mod for $90.
JBL SoundBoost Speaker Moto Mod
As the name suggests, the JBL Moto Mod offers a much better speaker experience compared to what you get with the Moto Z series out of the box. This accessory has a 1,000mAh battery that will allow the speaker to run for up to 10 hours on a single charge, along with a handy kickstand. This is perfect for people who don’t want to mess with setting up a wireless Bluetooth speaker for their phone.
You can get the JBL Moto Mod speaker on Amazon for as low as $50 in white or black.