Moto Z slides into action

The race to create the world’s thinnest gadgets just escalated another notch. While scanning the international airwaves, the Stuff Gadget Antenna det

The race to create the world’s thinnest gadgets just escalated another notch.

While scanning the international airwaves, the Stuff Gadget Antenna detected the Korean launch this week of the Motorola Z, a slider mob gunning for the reigning champions, Samsung’s D600, Nokia’s 6111 and LG’s 5200.

Measuring a pocket-pally 14.8mm thick, it’s not the thinnest phone around – Motorola’s original RAZR V3 is 14 – but it’s easily the skinniest slider we’ve ever drooled over. It’s an impressive feat considering the design: how Motorola keeps shedding the pounds is beyond our tiny brains.

The feature list won’t blow any Stuff gadgeteers away. There’s no 3MP camera, Wi-Fi or 3G capabilities here, though it does have a reasonable-looking 2.2in screen, an average 1.3MP camera and a MP3 player. Whether the MP3 player will have you leaving your Shuffle at home is currently unclear – for now, we don’t know how much storage the Z has, or whether it’s home to a memory card slot. One notable omission is Bluetooth, which is surely a given in these cord-free days, no?

It’s not officially coming to the UK yet, but the Stuff speculation machine suggests it’s virtually guaranteed: all the previous RAZRs have been big hits over here, so Vodafone, Orange et al are likely to be begging Moto to bring it to these isles. Pricing is expected to be over £300 in Korea, though £200 would make more sense for a UK launch.

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