Moto Mods come with extortionate price tags

Manny Pham
June 13, 2016

Lenovo’s new Moto Mods peripherals are coming with prices that will make innovation adopters shed tears. Tears of sadness.  

Excitement was in the air when ‘Product Engineer’ Ashton Kutcher commented on Lenovo’s take on the smartphone peripherals. Who wouldn’t be? It seems Lenovo has got the peripherals right with a list of practical Moto Mods. We saw the unveiling of a projector, power pack, camera grip with optical zoom, stereo speaker and a host of aesthetically pleasing cases.

Best of all, attaching the Moto Mods is done with magnets that latch onto the 16 pin connectors, on back of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force – without the need to restart the devices or battery removal. A massive advantage over LG’s Friends peripherals.

All great things come at a price – a vigilant Redditor discovered the prices of the new Moto Mods on Verizon’s app. In North America, Verizon will be exclusively selling the Moto Mods and Moto Z range for a few months (Moto Z Force will remain a Verizon exclusive).

The North American pricing are as follows:

  • Insta-Share Projector: $299 (£211)
  • JBL SoundBoost: $79.99 (£56.50)
  • TUMI Power Pack: $89 (£62)
  • TUMI Wireless Charging Power Pack: $99 (£70)
  • Kate Spade shell : $79 (£56)

*Prices have been rounded up

Insta-Share Projector specs:

  • Resolution: 854 x 480 WVGA (480p)
  • Brightness: 50 Lumens
  • Contrast ratio: 400:1
  • Image size: up to 70-inches diagonal
  • Built-in battery 1,100mAh

The Insta-Share Projector will be the most expensive peripheral if prices prove to be accurate. In comparison to smartphone projectors currently on the market, the Insta-Share Projector offers a similar price (according to the conversion) and a higher picture resolution (854 x 480). There are also better projectors that offer better resolution, higher lumen counts and larger image sizes.

To the Insta-Share Projector’s credit, it does include a built-in 1,100mAh battery. The appeal of the Moto Mods is the ease of access and portability compared to the available third party peripherals.

The power pack is significantly overpriced at considering the 2,220mAh capacity. Why spend $89 (£62) – $99 (£70) for a power pack when the 10,000mAh Xiaomi Mi Bank is available for around $28 (£20)? The only reason would be the convenience of svelte charging.

The Moto Mods are looking to be quality products for those that choose to pick up either the Moto Z or Moto Z Force. What Mobile contacted Lenovo who stated the prices are to be confirmed and will be revealed closer to Autumn. Stay with What Mobile for more updates on the Moto Z and Moto Mods.

For more on Lenovo, visit What Mobile’s dedicated Lenovo page

Via Phandroid.


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