The 5.2-inch blower is the first major phone to arrive without a 3.5mm port for your headphones. Instead, it’s got a new USB-C port which means either buying a compatible pair of headphones, forking out for an adapter, or relying on Bluetooth. Motorola has launched its flagship 2016 smartphone with one very obvious omission.
Apple’s next iPhone is widely rumoured to be ditching the headphone jack as well – which could kickstart a trend that other manufacturers follow.
Thankfully, Motorola includes an adapter in the box along with the Moto Z that’ll convert a regular pair of headphones to work with USB-C.
Would Apple be as benevolent? The tech monolith usually charges between £25 and £30 for its adapters.
Joke’s on you: Once we remove the audio jack on the iPhone for Lightning headphones, we’ll kill Lightning & force you to switch to USB-C.
— not Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) 9 June 2016
The Moto Z meanwhile, is also an example of a “modular” smartphone. Different components (like a mini-projector or fresh battery) can be swapped in and out.
We saw something similar with the LG G5 earlier this year – but thus far it doesn’t look like the trend has taken off.
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Motorola is also touting the fact that it’s 5.2-inches thin, making it one of the thinnest premium smartphones available. Which is easier to do when you’re not trying to plug in a pair of headphones.
What remains to be seen is whether anyone is going to buy it.
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