Moto Z2 Force video and renders reveal small details and bigger changes

A few days ago a low quality render surfaced that appeared to show the forthcoming Motorola Moto Z2 Force and earlier today news surfaced that the device may not be a Verizon exclusive. New renders and a video reveal much more detail about the device and although the overall device is similar to last year’s version, small details point to some rather significant changes.

One trend that has been popular with manufacturers over the past year is abandoning the 3.5mm audio jack on smartphones opting for wireless solutions or adapters. That included Motorola who dropped the audio jack for the Moto Z series of phones. The detailed render shows Motorola is bringing the audio jack for this year’s rendition. In a bit of an interesting twist, the Moto Z2 Force is apparently going to be thinner than last year’s model, which makes the claim that the slim profile forced them to get rid of the audio jack a bit suspect.

Another change that on the surface seems innocuous is the loss off the “caps” on each end of the device. Instead, the frame wraps around the whole front of the device. The reason for this is supposedly to enable better radio signal access for the antennas inside the Moto Z2 Force. This includes four antennas to go with some Qualcomm and Motorola enhanced LTE capability. One benefit of all this will be the ability tap into Cat. 16 speeds provided by Sprint.

On that last point, this also seems to confirm the earlier leak about the Moto Z2 Force not being a Verizon exclusive this time around. The enhanced antennas point to Sprint compatibility and Evan Blass has hinted at T-Mobile availability.

Outside of these changes, a few more minor updates are expected. As with most flagships this year, the Moto Z2 Force is expected to be equipped with the Snapdragon 835. Although it will be thinner at only 5.99mm versus last year’s 7.0mm, the device is expected to ever so slightly taller and thinner. Despite the slight change in dimensions, current Moto Mods on the market should workwith this device as well.

Motorola is expected to include a dual camera setup for the rear camera and provide a dual LED flash for the front-facing camera. Other refinements include an updated and redesigned fingerprint scanner and a textured power button.

source: Android Authority


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.