Amazon is getting a bit ahead of itself with Motorola's next Moto Z4. The phone maker has not formally announced its latest device ready for MotoMod, but, as noted Droid Life that did not stop Amazon from briefly including the Z4 on its website and offering it for sale immediately. You know where this is going. Someone managed to order the Moto Z4, and actually appeared in the mail, complete with a 360-degree MotoMod camera that Motorola apparently would be launching for free next to the phone.
According to the Amazon listing, the Moto Z4 has a 6.4-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080. Below is a fingerprint reader on the screen. Powering the Z4 is the Snapdragon 675 processor, which is newer than the 670 chipset in the recently launched Pixel 3A. The Z4 includes 128 GB of built-in storage (expandable with microSD), 4 GB of RAM, a 3,600 mAh battery (with a fast 15-watt charge) and a headphone jack. All other specifications can be viewed here.
The Amazon page has been removed, but, unfortunately for Motorola, it is still accessible through the cache. This list is for the "Amazon exclusive" model of the Z4, which comes preloaded with Alexa and several company applications. It will cost $ 499.99 and, depending on the screenshot someone took before Amazon deleted the second listing, the standard and unlocked Z4 will cost the same.
The buyer has posted an unboxing video on YouTube with some practical impressions. It seems generally impressed by the device, its aluminum structure and its screen, which features a half-circle notch cutout. In first class standards, this seems quite discreet and is definitely smaller than what has been on many other phones this year, including some of Motorola's.
One of the possible annoyances is that the Z4 does not fit perfectly with some of Motorola's MotoMods, which creates a gap between the phone and the mod that is easy to feel with your fingers. On the back, there is a single rear camera. Motorola abandoned the depth sensor lens that was present in the Moto Z3 last year. It also seems that the device that Amazon sent could be running a preliminary version software. "I can report that the software still has many failures," the buyer wrote on Reddit today. "I'm putting the delay and animation stuttering where it should not." The camera's software also has a lot of glitches, since the autofocus goes crazy when taking pictures of nearby subjects.
Since Amazon can now send units, it is likely that the appropriate announcement and launch of the Z4 will arrive very soon. It will face the Pixel 3A (which is almost certain to have a superior camera), the Motorola G7 series at the lower end and devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro that are priced at a couple of hundred dollars more. But none of those other phones can work on 5G networks yet, while the Z4 is almost certain to support Motorola's MotoGod 5G.