Moto Z2 Force to achieve rare combo of tough yet smart

Posted July 26, 2017

We've been talking about the Moto Z2 Force from Motorola since April of this year when rumored renders created from CAD dimensions were leaked to the public. There is 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and the Snapdragon 835 mobile platform. There are dual 12-megapixel cameras - one monochrome, the other full colour - a 1440p qHD 5.5-inch AMOLED screen, plus speedy innards, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB/6GB RAM (depending on region) ensuring smooth operation of Android 7.1.

Following industry trends, the Z2 Force Edition has dual rear-facing cameras.

Neither is the Force Edition water resistant.

The Moto 360 Camera will be compatible with the entire Moto Z family of smartphones, including the Z2 Force Edition.

No headphone jack, just like last year's Moto Z.

The phone's biggest concern is its rather small battery. Where last year's Z Force featured a massive 3,500mAh battery, the Z2 only has a 2,730mAh one.

Motorola says this screen won't crack easily. The phone comes with a quick-charge adapter, at least. In terms of price, the phone will cost us anywhere between Rs.38,000-40,000. This doubly hurts when you consider that earlier Z models - including the first Z Play and the original Z Force - had tremendous longevity.

You can buy the Moto Z2 Play in the United Kingdom right now, direct from Motorola. For that kind of media functionality, you'll have to look to the LG G6, Sony's Xperia XZ Premium or the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The outside of the Z2 Force might be ho-hum, but it's what's on the inside that matters. In addition, the camera can live stream, and footage can be edited in the phone. Unlike the Moto Z Force, which was a Verizon exclusive, the Moto Z2 Force Edition will be available on every major carrier in the US. This is perfectly fine for kicking back with a high-def movie of course, although the Moto Z2 Force's Quad HD display offers incredible detail levels. The company has also been running hackathons and encouraging Indiegogo campaigns for new mods. If you missed it, Motorola previously announced other new Moto Mods, too.

Check back soon for our full Moto Z2 Play review and Moto Z2 Force review. Unfortunately, there's no final word on United Kingdom price point or release date just yet. Sprint is also throwing in the projector free "for a limited time".

Preorders begin today at Motorola.com and most carriers ahead of the phone's August 10 release.

To add to the phone's toughness - maybe one of the main reasons you would pick this over a rival flagship - Lenovo has added 7000 series aluminum, so this is a phone that should be able to survive a drop or two. They'll also offer a free projector mod through September 9, or while supplies last. Motorola also claims it is shatterproof and waterproof.

Verizon is selling the handset for $756, but they're marking it down to $396 if you have an unlimited plan, pay on a 24-month payment plan, and purchase by August 9. It will also be compared to other high-end phones launching in 2017.