Motorola has been busy these year. They are now back again with yet another powerhouse smartphone, MOTO Z2 Force. The phone have got top-tier specs for 2017 but its small battery has got us wondering if it’s worth the premium price tag. Let’s check it out, but before that, let’s take a quick look at its specs list.
Moto Z2 Force specifications:
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS
- Single / Dual SIM variants
- Fingerprint sensor
- 5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED POLED ShatterShield with shatterproof display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution
- 2.45 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform
- Adreno 540 GPU
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB internal storage, Expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD card
- 12 Megapixel Dual rear cameras (monochrome + color) with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX386 sensors, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 1.25um pixel size, PDAF and Laser Auto Focus
- Ultra HD 4k video recording
- 5 Megapixel front-facing camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and 85-degree wide-angle lens
- Water repellent nano-coating
- Front-ported loud speaker, 3 Mics
- 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 (5.0 enabled after Android O), GPS with GLONASS, NFC and USB Type-C
- 2730mAh battery with Turbo Charging support
The Z2 force is identical to its predecessor on the outside, there are couple of differences like a new antenna band that foes all the way around, a slightly thicker body and a larger fingerprint scanner. Otherwise there’s a second front-facing LED, second camera on the back and a beveled edge around the phone which makes it easy to hold the phone.
Moto Z2 force’s body is made up of 7000 series aluminum which is durable enough to take a beating. But this matte black finish will still show scuffs. The back plate has a brushed metal finish which smudges up easy but will hide light scratches well.
To the front, the USP of the phone, shatter shield display, its plastic. Shatter shield aside there’s a 5.5 inch QHD, OLED panel which gives you a pixel density of 534ppi. The display has marginally improved in brightness and colors are mostly accurate with exception for reds. Otherwise it keeps the same QHD resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.
Over the display is the earpiece which doubles as the loudspeaker. Don’t be fooled by its size though, the speaker pack huge sound even piercingly loud. Music doesn’t distort at maximum volume and there are noticeably improved audio dynamics as well.
There are two IR sensors under the screen which trigger Moto display when movement is detected. This is one of Motorola’s three modal enhancement features, the other two are Moto Actions and Moto Voice. Moto Actions let you do some actions like, chop twice for flash light or double twist to launch the camera. You can also use swipe gestures on the fingerprint sensor as a replacement for navigation keys. Swipe left to back, right to see you recent apps and then tap to go home.
Motorola has kept its UI lean and efficient with a near stock Android look. The Launcher acts a lot like the pixels, so swipe up for your apps or swipe right for Google cards. For benchmarks with z2 Force, it performed very well among others Snapdragon powered 835 devices. It is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage which can be expanded with micro SD card. Graphic intensive task were handled excellently without any drop in frames.
In terms of battery life we expected that the 2730 mAH battery with a relatively high resolution screen would fare low in numbers. But it will surprise you with the endurance rating of 69 hours. Still users would’ve expected a phone of this price range to have more battery capacity. Then Motorola has to keep the phone relatively thin for its bulky Moto Mods. And the turbo power charger revives the battery with 60% capacity in 30 minutes.
The Z2 force is the first Moto flagship with a dual camera setup with dual 12MP sensors. One sensor is color and the other is monochrome and both have and f/2.0 aperture. The set-up doesn’t offer an optical zoom but you can take depth enabled shots and adjust the amount of blur. We’re happy to say that the Moto z2 Force finally offer a compelling camera in terms of image quality.
The second sensor does a great job of reducing noise in daylight shots. Photos are well exposed and shows plenty of details colors are well represented and not too saturated. Even the HDR mode proved to be useful and scenes with challenging light and shadows were well enough for print. Even the black and white camera offers better dynamic range. The 5-MP fixed focus camera with dual LED flash takes good selfies. The rear camera records 4k video at 30fps with nice and deep colors.
Moto Z2 Force checks off a lot of boxes, a dual camera setup, shatter shield display, Moto enhancements and top-tier specs. But fails to be on few like lack of larger battery and a screen prone to light scratches. Thanks to Moto Mods, you can get more out of this device, but you have to pay more.