Introduced last year, the Moto Z line has just gained a new member. What makes the Z series stand out of crowd is the modular design compatible with cool MotoMods. Although Lenovo wasn’t the first to release a phone with modular functionality, unlike the LG which returned to more traditional design after LG G5 misfire, the company stayed loyal to the concept. Above that, Moto Z2 Force comes with a thinner body shell, shatterproof display and the Snapdragon 835 chip. Let’s take a closer look at this beast.
Moto Z2 Force is now official featuring modular design, impressive specs, shatterproof display and nano-coating. The phone is already open for pre-order.
In 2016 Motorola launched two variants of the Moto Z: Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force. The key difference between these two models was a larger battery supported by the latter. This year the company reduced the line to just one model, the Moto Z2 Force. Although the phone comes with more attractive slim design, the thinner profile comes at the price of a weaker battery. Instead of a 3,500 mAh battery found in its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Force packs a 2,730 mAh unit which sounds like a serious downgrade.
Being 13 percent thinner and 12 percent lighter than the last year’s release, the phone is made of a single piece of 7000 series aluminum and is available in three color options: gold, black and grey. Thanks to hydrophobic nano-coating the handset is water resistant. It practice it means that it will repel spills, splashes and rain, but certainly won’t survive submersion in water. Furthermore, except for nano-coating the Moto Z2 Force debuts with a shatterproof screen. The patented five-layer design is additionally strengthen with a reinforced aluminum frame which doesn’t only affect the display’s durability, but also makes the top and bottom bezels more visible.
Moving on to the specs sheet, the Moto Z2 Force is a real power beast. It arrives driven by the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.35GHz and paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of memory that can be expanded up to 2TB using microSD cards. A 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with QuadHD resolution comes as a guarantee of high quality viewing, whereas a combination of a 12MP dual camera system and a 5MP selfie sensor deliver great photo experience. Other than that the phone deliver LTE support and runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Unfortunately, just as the last year model, the Moto Z2 Force doesn’t offer wireless charging and 3.5mm headphone jack. Ouch!
Pricing and Availability
Speaking of the Moto Z2 Force pricing and availability, the phone will go on sale through all major US carriers, which means that it won’t be the Verizon’s exclusive product like the first gen model. Motorola will sell the unlocked device for $799, but carrier prices may vary.
For instance, AT&T will sell the phone for $810 upfront or $27 per month on a 30-month installment plan. Verizon offers the Moto Z2 Force for $15 per month on a 24-month installment plan, while T-Mobile is already offering a BOGO deal on the Z2 Force. Buy two devices activate them on and EIP plan and you will receive a prepaid MasterCard card worth $750 to cover the cost of the second device.
At T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular the phone is already open for pre-order, whereas at AT&T pre-orders will kick off tomorrow. On August 10th the phone will officially hit the sales. If you plan to get one on your own, you’d better make a quick purchase decision as for limited time only many carriers offer a bonus Insta-Share Projector MotoMod (worth $299) to all early buyers.
As for MotoMods they all are sold separately. There are 26 various modules already available on the market and the list is still expanded by new ones, like the $79 Moto Gamepad with physical controls and additional battery targeting at all gaming fans, or a 360 camera module capable to record stunning 4K videos with 3D sound.