We’ve previously seen the Z2 Play hit store shelves, but now Lenovo is bringing a flagship smartphone to its Moto Z2 lineup for 2017 known as the Z2 Force. The phone, arriving on all four major US carriers, features high-end internals you’d find in other handsets like the Galaxy S8 or HTC U11, while also sporting a shatterproof display and thin body.
Specifically, this display measures in at 5.5-inches. It features a ShatterShield coating that Moto is famous for at this point. Moto claims it’ll never shatter or crack, but if it does, you probably have a pretty serious case against the company on your hands. The screen also has a Quad HD resolution and uses an AMOLED panel for more vibrant colors and deeper blacks.
To also make this phone unique from other Moto-branded offerings is dual cameras. The Z2 Force marks the first time Lenovo has made such a move with their smartphones, and the Z2 Force aims to deliver a pretty handy experience.
There’s two 12MP sensors on the back of the phone housed in a pretty large camera hump. They work much like the iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5’s dual shooters in which they offer natural bokeh capabilities and monochrome photos. Of course, the latter phone’s cameras have been criticized in the past so it’ll be interesting to see if Moto can come out on top in this regard.
For selfies, Moto includes a 5MP shooter with an LED flash.
As for other specs, there’s a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, an Adreno 540 GPU, 64GB of storage that’s expandable via a microSD card, Android 7.1.1 Nougat that’s no doubt close to stock, and a USB-C port. Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack, so you’ll have to resort to using a USB-C male to 3.5mm female adapter that comes in the Z2 Force’s box or use wireless headphones.
There also isn’t a large battery For whatever reason, Lenovo had to make the Z2 Force thinner this year and at this expense, shrink the battery capacity. This means there’s a 2730mAh cell inside the smartphone, and I can only imagine how long it’ll actually last. All I can say right now is you might wanna pick up a battery Mod with your purchase of the Z2 Force.
Luckily, the phone does sport Turbo Charging, so there’s that.
Additionally, the Z2 Force packs Bluetooth 4.2. But don’t fret, as Moto promises an upgrade to Android O when it comes out will bring Bluetooth 5 to whoever purchases the handset.
All of these specifications are crammed into a 7000 series aluminum body that’s ever-so-slightly thicker than last year’s Moto Z. It isn’t waterproof like other phones, but it does get a water-repellant coating. It’s also compatible with Moto Mods dating back to last year, and with today’s news also comes a new Mod to get hyped over.
Specifically, there’s a new 360-degree camera Mod that straps to the back of your Z2 Force and can shoot 4K 360 video. All of your videos you shoot with the Mod can be stored in Google Photos for free. This is (wait for the pun) essentially what Andy Rubin is doing with his own phone that also has a similar accessory, but it’s unclear who has more strengths in this field in terms of overall camera quality. Moto Mods have been around longer and have probably had more time for development so there’s a strong reason Moto’s offering will be better in the end. But who knows? Rubin could surprise everyone in the future with something mind-blowing.
But what am I saying? The phone’s been delayed. There’s nothing to worry about, Moto.
Anyway, the Z2 Force will start at $30/month for 24 months, adding up to $720 in total which is pretty on par with the cost of a Galaxy S8. It’ll be sold through Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Best Buy, and U.S. Cellular in the US, but keep in mind the price will vary from retailer to retailer. Internationally, the phone will pick up upgraded specs including 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. No word on pricing or availability in this regard, however.
The Z2 Force Edition (as it’s formally known as) will go on sale August 10 in the US. The new Moto 360 Camera Mod will go on sale August 10 as well and cost $299. For a limited time, if you purchase a Z2 Force, you’ll even score a free Insta-Share Projector Mod, but I can only imagine this promotion is out of Lenovo wanting to get rid of their stock of projectors that no one likely bought.