The Moto Z2 Force packs impressive specs in a thin frame, but it will drain your wallet dry.
The best way to think of the new Moto Z2 Force is as a mashup of the two flagships that came before it. It’s very nearly as sleek as the first Moto Z, and packs a refreshed version of the ShatterShield display that made the original Z Force so durable. It’s remarkably powerful too, though we could say that about any flagship released this year. Alas, the Z2 Force is let down somewhat by its unremarkable battery life and its lackluster dual camera. Ultimately, this phone is the way to go if you haven’t given up on your modular gadget dreams, but others might be better served by a more fully fleshed out package.
Moto Z2 Force – Specs
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor
- 4GB or 6GB of RAM (Depending on territory)
- 64GB or 128GB of storage (Depending on territory)
- 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display
- Android 7.1
- 2,730mAh battery
- Dual 12-megapixel f/2.0 rear cameras
Motorola’s latest comes packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor – the same chip used in some models of Samsung’s Galaxy S8. That’s backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (plus a MicroSD card slot) on the US models. Interestingly, models sold outside the US reportedly come with better specs, such as 128GB of storage and 6GB RAM. That should mean the latest Android 7.1 Nougat runs nice and smoothly on the 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display.
That display is also reinforced with the company’s ‘ShatterShield’, hence the ‘Force’ brand. It might not be edge-to-edge, but it should hold up well when dropped. You can also replace the top layer of the screen, or ‘lens’ if it gets too scratched. Handy!
In terms of design, Motorola has slimmed down the device, which means the battery is a less than impressive 2,730mAh offering, but the new chassis certainly looks very sleek. Oh and you’ll also find Motorola has removed the headphone jack on the Z2 Force – it’s all wireless from here on out.
The company has also used 7,000 series aluminium to reinforce the phone’s frame and prevent against bending. Plus, you’ll be able to use the line of MotoMod attachments to add functionality to the phone – including the just-launched 360 Camera Moto Mod.
Round the back, you’ll find a dual-lens camera system on the Z2 Force. That includes two 12-megapixel f/2.0 cameras with phase detection and laser autofocus. As with other phones from the likes of Huawei, the Z2 Force uses one camera to shoot in monochrome, and the other to shoot in colour to create higher-quality images. On the front, there’s a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.
Finally, the Z2 Force comes with a “water protection” nanocoating which will protect against spills, but doesn’t mean the phone is water-resistant, so dunking this thing is a no-go.
Moto Z2 Force – Price and release
For now, we only have US pricing and release information. The Moto Z2 Force will launch in the US on August 10 and pre-orders are live right now. It will cost around $720 with some carriers charging more (AT&T are asking $810).
The Moto Z2 Force is back with its guaranteed shatter-resistant glass screen and even more MotoMods, like a 360-degree camera. But this time it’s much thinner and that means it’s back to nearly all-day battery life. You’re going to pay a price to upgrade to this Android phone, but it’s the only modular phone doing it mostly right.