Motorola has today unveiled the Moto Z2 Force Edition, which is a more rugged version of the standard Moto Z2 Play showcased last week.
The device looks to have a similar footprint as the standard Moto Z2 Play, with the same 5.5-inch screen. The resolution has been upgraded to a quad HD AMOLED display, putting it at the same level as current flagships. Perhaps the main feature is the inclusion of ShatterShield technology, which prevents the screen from cracking. This is done by applying an additional plastic layer over the panel for extra protection and we’ve seen it work quite well in the past. The older Moto X Force used the same technology and was a highly durable device. Oddly enough, despite including a tougher screen, the Moto Z2 Force does not include water resistance. For a handset marketed as durable, this seems to be a bit of a disappointment. That said, it does come with a hydrophobic coating which should protect from the odd bit of rainfall. Just don’t drop it in the sink.
Moving onto the camera and Motorola has changed things entirely compared to other handsets in the range. It carries a 12 megapixel dual-camera setup, one monochrome and the other in colour. Dedicated modes are available for black and white, bokeh and zoom functionality, making it quite an adept shooter. We’ve seen Huawei use a similar implementation and it worked out pretty well, so we’re excited to see what Motorola can produce here. Moving to the front and you’ll find an 8 megapixel camera which carries its own dual-LED flash, something of a staple on Motorola devices.
If there was any doubt about the flagship status of this handset, the hardware should put this to rest. Powering the device is an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor coupled 4GB of RAM on the 32GB and 64GB models. European markets will also get an additional 6GB RAM version with 128GB internal memory. A microSD slot is also included for expansion up to 256GB. Fans of audio will be disappointed to hear that the 3.5mm headphone jack still isn’t there, so you’ll need the included adapter to use your own cans. Battery size has also taken a downgrade from 3,500mAh to 2,730mAh. This is a sizable chunk that will definitely impede battery life over the previous generation Moto Z Force.
The handset will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, with a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 in the future. Motorola has also said that the Bluetooth protocol will be upgraded to version 5.0 when the software update goes live, enabling features such as dual headphone connectivity.
UK pricing and availability is to be confirmed but will be available in various European countries, the Middle East and Africa later this summer.
Moto 360 Camera
In addition to the handset, Motorola also revealed a new addition to their Moto Mod range. The 360 Camera Moto Mod attaches onto the back of compatible smartphones, enabling 4K video recording in 360 degrees. You can also snap pictures at a wide 150 degree angle, front and rear. It is expected to arrive in the UK sometime in August, with a confirmed price-tag of $299.99 in the USA.
Both announcements follow hot on the heels of June’s initial global announcement of the Moto Z2 Play, along with a collection of new Moto Mods, including a GamePad, the JBL 2 SoundBoost, a wireless charging shell and a Mod offering TurboPower charging.
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