Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force vs. Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and iPhone 6S

Check out how Motorola's new Moto Z and Z Force handsets compare to other flagships phones that are available right now.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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During a launch event in San Francisco, Lenovo and Motorola unveiled two new Moto phones -- the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force. Each handset features a 5.5-inch display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a rear backing that you can swap out for other accessories. However, the Z Force has a bigger battery, and its camera has a higher megapixel count.

Both the devices will be sold in the US as a Verizon Droid exclusive, but only the Moto Z will be available in other countries as well.

From a specs point of view, the phones have the hardware to compete with other popular marquee handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and Apple iPhone 6S. For example, it's equipped with the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and the USB Type-C charging standard. To see how else the devices stack up against the competition, check out the chart below.

And for more information, read our full coverage of today's Lenovo and Motorola news here.

Motorola Moto Z and Z Force spec comparison

Motorola Moto ZMotorola Moto Z Force (US only)Samsung Galaxy S7LG G5Apple iPhone 6S
Display size, resolution 5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.1-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.3-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels4.7-inch; 1,334x750 pixels
Pixel density 535ppi535ppi576ppi554ppi326ppi
Dimensions (inches) 6.11x2.96x0.20 in.6.14x2.98x0.28 in.5.6x2.7x0.3 in.5.88x2.91x0.30 in. 5.4x2.6x0.28 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 155.3x75.3x5.19mm155.9x75.8x6.99mm142.4x69.6x7.9mm149.4x73.9x7.7mm138x67x7.1mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 4.79 oz. (136g)5.75 oz. (163g)5.4 oz. (152g)5.61 oz. (159g)5 oz. (143g)
Mobile software Android 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowApple iOS 9
Camera 13-megapixel21-megapixel12-megapixel16-megapixel12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel5-megapixel5-megapixel8-megapixel5-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K4K4K
Processor 1.8GHz or 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (varies by region)2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8202.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapgradon 820 processor2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Apple A9 chip (64-bit)
Storage 32GB, 64GB32GB, 64GB32GB, 64GB (varies by region)32GB16GB, 64GB, 128GB
Expandable storage 2TB2TB200GB2TBNone
Battery 2,600mAh (nonremovable)3,500mAh (nonremovable)3,000mAh (nonremovable)2,800mAh (nonremovable)1,715mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor Below screenBelow screenHome buttonHome buttonHome button
Connector USB-CUSB-CMicro-USBUSB-CLightning
Special features Magnetic Moto Mod snap-on accessories and dedicated accessory port on backMagnetic Moto Mod snap-on accessories and dedicated accessory port on backWater-resistantPull-out battery, two rear camerasN/A
Price off-contract (USD) TBDTBDAT&T: $695, Sprint: $650, T-Mobile: $670, Verizon: $672, US Cellular: $672AT&T: $689, Sprint: $576, T-Mobile: $630, Verizon: $624, US Cellular: $636$649 (16GB); $749 (64GB); $849 (128GB)
Price (GBP) TBDN/A£569£490£539 (16GB); £619 (64GB); £699 (128GB)
Price (AU$) TBDN/AAU$1,149AU$1,099AU$1,079 (16GB); AU$1,229 (64GB); AU$1,379 (128GB)
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