When and Where to Buy: Motorola Moto Z2 Force

Wednesday, 26 Jul, 2017

First off, while it's not as crazy-slim as the first Z, the Moto Z Force comes awfully close. As is to be expected, though, it's one of the flagship models for the unlocked phone maker, and is yet another take on the modular experience.

"The camera itself has two 13MP cameras at 1/2.8", for a pixel size of 1.25um, identical to the new Moto Z2 Force itself. This is somewhat of a departure for Motorola who had been heading toward a direct-to-consumer only route.

Last year's exclusive deal with Verizon worked, but broader distribution will be essential, according to Avi Greengart, research director for consumer platforms and devices at GlobalData. To achieve that, it features a multi-layer design with a replaceable exterior "lens" which essentially means you will be able to swap it out in case it gets scratched up from multiple falls.

The Moto Z2 Force Edition is once again a smartphone that is created to be durable.

We're yet to discover the United Kingdom price of the Moto Z2 Force, although you can expect a much more premium cost when it hits these shores. Moto promises the Z2 Force will still deliver all-day battery life, but with such a significant reduction, most people will want to carry around a TurboPower Pack mod for peace of mind. So the new Moto Z2 Force, with its small array of magnetic attachments, is the closest thing we have to a smartphone with customizable modular hardware. But, we will see. There's no headphone jack, however, aping the position of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. You can also expect better depth-of-field in your snaps; in other words, a sharp finish for your subject, while the background is pleasingly blurred to help them stand out.

Additionally, Motorola announced a 360-degree camera MotoMod, called simply the Moto 360 Camera ($300). Still, compared to phones like the OnePlus 5 for $479, it feels very expensive for 2017's standards.

Similar to the 360-degree camera accessory Essential unveiled alongside its first smartphone effort, Motorola's latest Moto Mod can capture 360-degree panoramic stills and 360-degree 4K video at 24 frames per second.

As the Force part of the name suggests, this Z2 is all about being tough.

At the heart of the device, unsurprisingly, is the Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM for the USA market and 6GB of RAM elsewhere in the world.

The price is a bit high though, specs are also high.