After so many rumors, Motorola has finally unveiled the Moto Z2 Force. The phone comes weeks following the launch of the Moto Z2 Play and for sure, it was truly worth the wait.
Just like the name suggests, the Moto Z2 Force is indeed the ultimate rugged phone you can think of right now, maybe until the AT&T-exclusive Samsung Galaxy S8 Active breaks cover. The phone, as expected, has high-end specs and features but targets those who love living on the edge.
You will come across a 5.5-inch POLED ShatterShield display screen with a QHD resolution. This panel has been designed in a way that you won’t have to worry about cracks or shatters, but if any, you still get a warranty against shattering and cracking of the display alongside the embedded lens for a whole four years.
Under the hood, as you’d expect, the Moto Z2 Force ships with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC mated with 4GB RAM alongside 64GB of expandable storage. The microSD card slot can handle up to 2TB, which is just impressive. For the software, the Z2 Force is equipped with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, which is as usual, should be near stock and free from too many customizations you see on the likes of Samsung or Xiaomi phones.
In terms of photography, the Moto Z2 Force joins the growing list of high-end phones that have dual-lens cameras. The back has two 12MP sensors, where one is a monochrome and the other is a color sensor alongside a dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and support for 4K video recording. For the selfies, you get a 5MP shooter with a slightly smaller aperture of f/2.2, an 85-degree wide-angle lens and dual-tone LED flash as well.
One disappointing aspect of the Moto Z2 Force, though, is that the phone has a meager battery capacity of just 2730mAh, something that won’t go well with fans of the rugged phone. Nonetheless, you still get fast charging technology thanks to the inclusion of TurboPower Charging via a USB-C port.
Motorola says that the Z2 Force has Bluetooth 4.2, but once the phone gets an update to Android O, this technology will be upgraded to the latest Bluetooth 5.0. Similar to last year’s Moto Z Force, you also get a variety of features that include a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, NFC as well as single and dual-SIM variants, among others.
The Moto Z2 Force will be sold in two color variants of Fine Gold and Super Black, with the price starting at a whopping $799.99 in the U.S. Availability begins on August 10, but you can already pre-order one via all major carriers in the country as well as through Best Buy and the official Motorola store. Other markets will start seeing the phone later this summer.