We’ve been talking about the Moto Z2 Force from Motorola since April of this year when rumored renders created from CAD dimensions were leaked to the public. At that time, renders claimed that the device would come with a 3.5mm headphone port but then later leaks of renders had showed this wasn’t to be the case at all. That leak also suggested it would have a 5.5″ Quad HD 18:9 display as well, but the aspect ratio wasn’t talked mentioned during the launch event in New York today.
We did learn about the Moto Z2 Force would be using the company’s ShatterShield material earlier this month when the company started sending out press invites for the event. That was indeed confirmed today and it consists of a multi-layer design that makes it durable. This also has a replaceable exterior “lens” because while it shouldn’t ever shatter, it can get scratched up so this can be replaced if yours ever gets roughed up during a drop or even during regular use.
As we learned in a leak just 5 days ago, the Moto Z2 Force is thinner than many had hoped it would be. Coming off the back of the thinner Moto Z2 Play launch a couple of months ago, the Moto Z Force successor does indeed have a thinner design. It has been confirmed that the Moto Z2 Force has a 2,730mAh battery which is a significant drop over the 3,500mAh battery we saw in the original Moto Z Force. Motorola hopes you’ll buy one of the battery pack Moto Mods if you want to add any additional battery capacity to the device.
Along with this thinner design, the company has also switched to using 7,000 series aluminum that we can see with a brushed design on the back of the phone. On the back we also see the two camera setup that had been talked about in previous rumors as well. So the round, protruding camera module consists of two 12-megapixel f/2.0 cameras that both have phase detection and laser autofocus. However, Motorola has yet to mention anything about image stabilization just yet.
One of these cameras will be shooting is regular full color while the other will only be capturing monochrome images. This is a system that we’ve seen implemented by Huawei in the past and these images are combined to give you a higher detail image. The camera application will have additional features as well including the ability to add depth-of-field effects, a “True B&W” mode, and more. Motorola devices have never been known for top of the line camera performance though, so we’ll have to wait and see if this route bodes well for them.
The company confirmed previous rumors about the Moto Z2 Force being made available to all major wireless carriers in the United States, unlike what we saw with its predecessor. It will have the Snapdragon 835 SoC powering the device with a different combination of RAM and storage depending on which country the device is sold in. This is something we had also learned in a previous rumor with devices outside the US having 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage whereas the US version will have a 4GB/64GB combo.
It will ship with Bluetooth 4.2 but a future update will bring support for 5.0, early adopters will get a free Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod for a limited time, and it will be priced at around $720 (the AT&T variant will cost $810 at launch). Expect the Moto Z2 Force to go on sale starting next month on the 10th of August and pre-orders will begin later today at various retailers and carriers.
Source: The Verge