Lenovo's new snap-on Moto Mods get your fingers moving

CNET | 1/9/2018 | Lynn La,
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At CES 2018, Lenovo took the wraps off two new Motorola Moto Mods, accessory modules that magnetically attach to Motorola Z phones like the Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play. One of the Mods, called the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod, is health-related and gathers biometric data. The other, the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod, adds on a physical five-row QWERTY keyboard.


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It's no Motorola Droid, though. Before you get too excited, know that it doesn't have ergonomically staggered rows of keys like the keyboards you're probably used to -- they're lined up neatly (aka awkwardly), and spread out across a very wide keyboard base. And while the impressively thin hinge mechanism has a satisfying snap, we're still talking about a mod that's going to nearly triple the thickness of your phone.

Here it is attached to a phone, next to a phone with a different Moto Mod for size comparison:

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A Moto Z2 Play with TurboPower Pack, versus a Moto Z2 Play with Livermorium Keyboard Slider.

It's also got sharp edges and a plasticky feel, but we were trying an unfinished prototype. Livermorium says it may offer future versions with features such as staggered rows of keys, an integrated 1,700mAh battery or a refined design.

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The Livermorium Slider Keyboard costs $99 and will be begin selling this March, though the company's founder says it'll ship to Indiegogo backers in January. We don't yet have international pricing and availability, but $99 converts to about £75 or AU$130. Though the accessory nearly triples the width of your Moto phone, some may consider that...
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