Motorola’s 2017 flagship arrived today, and it’s succeeding not one but two devices from last year. We saw the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play in 2016. Those phones were all solid; however, consumers didn’t quite know how to differentiate them. Now Motorola is tweaking the Moto Z family to give each phone a unique identity. The Moto Z2 Force, which was just announced, gives a premium vibe inside and out.
No one will doubt this phone comes from Motorola. It’s nearly identical to the Moto Z2 Play, which resembles the Moto G5 Plus. The current design language the company implements focuses on aluminum bodies. It’s a premium material like glass, but it’s much more durable.
Adding to the durability factor of the Moto Z2 Force is its ShatterShield display. Like the last model, this phone’s display is essentially unbreakable. The catch, however, is that it can scratch a little easier than phones with traditional Gorilla Glass made by Corning.
The primary differences between the Moto Z Force and the Moto Z2 Force are upgraded internal specifications like the processor and cameras.
The Moto Z2 Force features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) AMOLED ShatterShield display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, two 12MP rear cameras, a 5MP front camera, a 2730mAh battery, a USB-C port, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 7.1.1 with small additions.
Everything looks good, but the decrease in battery size could be a concern for prospective buyers. Last year’s Moto Z Force packed a massive 3500mAh battery. The same thing happened with the Moto Z2 Play from 2016’s Moto Z Play. Sure, it allows for thinner phones. But consumers might be hesitant to purchase a phone upon doubting its stamina. Motorola, though, wants to push Moto Mods. You can easily expand upon your phone’s battery life by adding a Moto Mod that costs $100 or so.
Starting today you can pre-order the Moto Z2 Force in the United States from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular. Both Best Buy and Motorola’s site will also sell the phone. The price? It’s steep, standing at about $799 depending on the carrier. It’ll ship to be released on August 10, and buying one now gets you a free Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod.