While Motorola may have only just announced its new Moto Z handset and accompanying modular accessories, the tech blogosphere had more than a few inklings of such an impending inclination. At one point, the actual add-ons themselves- called Moto Mods – were even presented in picture form. Still, even after the formal unveiling it was clear that Lenovo/Motorola had far more grandiose plans for their modular modal than say, the more “mundane” LG G5.
Today however, some news has broken via Reddit that may make make a mockery of those murmuring for a moderate price tag: the pieces are positively pricey.
An entire photo gallery of My Verizon pricing photos can be perused here, but let’s just skip to the chase:
- The Insta-Share Projector will cost $299
- The JBL SoundBoost will cost $79.99
- The TUMI Power Pack will cost $89
- The TUMI Wireless Charging Power Pack will cost $99
- The Kate Spade shell will cost $79
These prices are quite likely, not what many were hoping for. LG has already been criticized for what some feel is “overpricing” on its modular Friends for the G5, but there had been some high hopes Motorola would keep things priced in a more manageable manner. The idea of spending $300 on a projector that features a meager 1,100 mAh power cell, and WVGA projection output with just 50 lumens is likely not going to go over that well with mainstream consumers.
While it is possible this pricing is strictly of a Verizon affair and thus the carrier unlocked Moto Z accessories may be cheaper, it seems unlikely. Motorola, in turn, is no doubt betting on the idea that because these pieces are custom made to interface directly with its handset, customers will be more likely to splurge and spend rather than going with a standard-affair 3rd party product that doesn’t place in as picturesque a fashion as the modular components do.
What do you think? Are these prices fair? Does Motorola – and Verizon – have a legitimate reason to charge this much given the development and manufacturing costs of such custom-made technology? Leave a comment or two below and sound off!