Lenovo has decided that its 2016 flagship Android smartphone doesn’t need a 3.5mm headphone jack. Neither the Moto Z nor its slightly thicker, slightly better Moto Z Force variant offers an analog audio port, though both come with a USB-C adapter in the box.
The Moto Z is a phone defined by the extra accessories and modules it can magnetically connect to, leaving its basic form as a super streamlined and simplified slab. Ignoring its substantial camera bump, most of the Z measures just 5.2mm in thickness, which is only slightly thicker than the 3.5mm connector that the device lacks. Even so, we’ve seen 5.1mm phones that still include one, so Lenovo’s decision can’t be explained away as a simple engineering constraint in trying to maximize thinness.