Motorola officially announces Moto Z2 Force with Shatterproof display and Snapdragon 835

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Motorola is now into its second generation of Mod-enabled phones with the release of the Moto Z2 Play a few weeks ago and now the Moto Z2 Force.

United Kingdom pricing and availability is to be confirmed but will be available in various European countries, the Middle East and Africa later this summer.

The handset has a slim metal body with a 5.5 inch quad HD display that's protected by the Moto ShatterShield technology.

Motorola has finally taken wraps off the Moto Z2 force after teasing for a while now. There are dual 12MP rear cameras (color + monochrome), crisp display, and super fast connectivity. On the front, there's a 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera with a dual CTT flash system.

No headphone jack, just like last year's Moto Z. The phone will run on the latest Android Nougat 7.1.1, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Unfortunately, better aesthetics also led to a much smaller 2,730mAh battery.

Last year the Moto Z failed because it was too much gadget and not enough of a good phone all on its lonesome, so this year Motorola is focusing on making a great phone first.

The high-end Moto Z2 Force Edition joins the Moto Z2 Play, which has already been made available in India.

Interestingly, Moto is bringing the Z2 Force to market without a thinner, core flagship next to it. This is the Moto Mod called "Moto 360 Camera", and we've seen it before - albeit very briefly.

It's worth noting that the Z2 Force packs Galaxy S8-grade specs, featuring Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage that can be expanded up to a whopping 2TB with a microSD card.

Motorola recently launched the rather good Moto Z2 Play mid-range mobile here in the United Kingdom, offering the same great Moto Mods experience of previous Z-series phones for an affordable price tag. That includes two 12-megapixel f/2.0 cameras with phase detection and laser autofocus. Both are 12 megapixels, but there's no mention of optical image stabilization even though there's a big camera hump on the back. This is the fact unlike the Moto Z Force, the Moto Z2 Force will be available from all major carriers.

Moving beyond availability, which is due to start on August 10th for the US carriers and likely elsewhere, the Moto Z2 Force brings a familiar design compared to last year's Moto Z lineup as well as this year's Moto Z2 Play, naturally, but also ups the ante by coming with a slew of upgraded hardware. The unlocked phone officially costs $799 with a free Insta-Share Projector mod rebate, but pricing varies depending on your carrier.

The Gamepad attaches to the Moto Z2 magnetically, just as other mods and backs.

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