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The Motorola Moto Z4 looks like the dark and stormy type

The $499 Moto Z4 and the $349 5G Moto Mod make this the most affordable 5G phone besides last year's Moto Z3.

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Patrick Holland

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The Motorola Moto Z4 is the newest phone in the Z line. It feels like its goal was to be a cheap way to get people on Verizon's 5G network, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But for pretty much anything else, it's hard to recommend the Moto Z4 unless you're thoroughly invested in Motorola's Moto Mod ecosystem.

For more, read CNET's in-depth review of the Moto Z4.

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The Moto Z4 is a pretty bland-looking phone. It comes in dark gray or white.

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The Z4 packs a 6.4-inch OLED display which has a built-in fingerprint reader under the screen.

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In use, the fingerprint reader failed on many first attempts to unlock. But machine learning is supposed to reduce the number of failed attempts over time while also increasing the speed.

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The best feature on the Moto Z4 has to be its absolutely giant battery which lasted 5 hours longer in our testing than last year's Moto Z3.

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There's a 48-megapixel rear camera similar to the camera found on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

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On the front of the Moto Z4 is a 25-megapixel selfie camera nestled in a small dewdrop-shaped notch.

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The selfie camera is capable of some decent shots in good lighting.

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Yes, that is indeed a headphone jack. Welcome back to the Z family.

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Also along the bottom is a USB-C port for charging and data transfer.

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The Moto Z4 use mods to add features such as wireless charging, a second battery or a larger speaker.

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You can use any Moto Mods with the Moto Z4 even $349 one that turns it into a 5G Verizon phone.

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These are the pogo pins on the 360-degree camera mod used from transferring power and data back and forth. The mod normally costs $199, but if you buy the Moto Z4 unlocked you get it for free.

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Here's the top of the 360 camera wearing a protective cover. 

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Despite Verizon being the only US carrier to sell the Moto Z4, you can buy a $499 unlocked version that works on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

For more, read CNET's in-depth review of the Moto Z4.

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