Motorola Moto Z² Force Review

Motorola Moto Z² Force Review

Back in July 2017, we got to see the release of Motorola’s latest flagship device—the Motorola Moto Z² Force. The Motorola Moto Z² Force pushes Motorola’s flagship specs even further and it does so while retaining compatibility with all previous Moto Mods. The new Moto Z² Force holds no punches with its 7000 series aluminum uni-body and guaranteed shatterproof display. It also houses a 24-hour battery life and dual 12 MP cameras.

Let’s dive deeper into the new Motorola Moto Z² Force.

Build and Specs

OS Android™ 7.1.1 Nougat
Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor – 2.35 GHz Octa-Core CPU and Adreno 540 GPU
Memory 4GB (US) 6GB (ROW) LPDDR4
Storage 64GB(US/ROW) 128GB (China) with microSD Card support (up to 2 TB)
Dimensions 76 x 155.8 x 6.1 mm
Weight 143g
Display 5.5” Quad HD 1440p (1440 x 2560) Super AMOLED
Sound Front-ported loud speaker, 3 Mics
Battery 2730 mAh
Rear Camera Dual 12MP IMX 386 sensors – 1 Bayer, 1 Clear,
f 2.0, 1.25um
Front Camera 5 MP, f/2.2 aperture, Wide-Angle 85° lens
Connectivity Moto Mods™ connector, USB-C port, 3.5mm port , NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 (After Android O update: 5.0)
Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO
Sensors GPS, Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Barometer, Proximity, Ultrasonic, Audio monitor

The Moto Z² Force uses a very simple three button design, with all three buttons residing on the right side of the device. You have buttons for power, volume up and volume down. On the front, you get a fingerprint sensor, speaker, and wide-angle camera. On the back, you have dual 12MP cameras and the magnetic connector for all the Moto Mods. And on the bottom, you have your USB-C port.

We definitely love the physical build of new Moto Z² Force, as its body is no joke. The 7000 series aluminum body and shatterproof glass practically dares you to not keep the phone covered in a protective case. It’s also surprisingly thin and light, being fairly easy to grasp. That brushed aluminum, as nice as it looks is slightly slick to the touch, which may lead to some angst when using it with a single hand. However, the sides are at least easier to grasp than the rest of the phone, and that is where you’d focus your grip either way.

Just as impressive as the physical make of the Moto Z² Force is its overall appearance. It is indeed an attractive device, when considering both its unibody frame and Super AMOLED display. The design is simple and sleek. The 5.5” Quad HD display is bright and crisp, displaying vibrant colors clearly, even in high sunlight settings. The singular speaker gets the job done and is loud and clear.

Moving onto Moto Mods, I have to say that the Moto Mod connector is quite strong. Snapping a Moto Mod to the Moto Z² Force is quite easy and reassuring. It takes just the right amount of physical effort to actually dislodge a Moto Mod once it’s affixed to the device. It is not too difficult nor too easy, giving you even more confidence in the general security of the Moto Z² Force, even when Moto Mods are in play. We not only experienced this with the Moto 360 Camera that came with our unit, but also the Moto Mods on the floor of the Moto Z² Force’s launch event, last July.

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