Motorola reveals Z2 Force Edition, 360-degree camera Mod

Randall Craig
July 26, 2017

Unlike the original Force phone this new Moto Z2 Force is expected to be available more widely, potentially in the United Kingdom too. The back panel of the device has a metal finish with a sleekness of 6mm. The Moto Mod connector pins have gotten a redesign too but they still work with the older mods. We also have a wide-angle selfie camera on the front that sports a dual CTT flash system.

The changes in the front are minimal.

The Z2 Force Edition, as expected comes with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display protected with the company's proprietary ShatterShield technology with a four-year shatterproof guarantee. That memory configuration is for the US. There are two variants: a 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage capacity, or 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. That's backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (plus a MicroSD card slot) on the U.S. models. A 3.5mm headphone jack.

The battery is down to a 2,730 mAh pack (from 3,500 mAh last year) which is disappointing, but Lenovo promises the handset will still last a whole day of heavy use.

Follow the link below if you're interested in pre-ordering the device or the 360 Moto Mod. The worldwide variant of the Moto Z2 Force will ship with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is a welcome change from Motorola.

The outside of the Z2 Force might be ho-hum, but it's what's on the inside that matters.

Around the back, Motorola has packed dual 12MP f/2.0 cameras with phase detection and autofocus, but no optical image stabalization. The camera application will have additional features as well including the ability to add depth-of-field effects, a "True B&W" mode, and more. The mods, which range from fancy cameras to fatter batteries, simple connect to the magnet, creating a chunky new device. Essentially, this video lets you jump into your videos 360 degree experience as though you were in it, and "look around" to isolate the video and audio track you'd like to extract. Use your phone to interact with the world around you in new ways - instantly transforming into a 360° camera, gaming console, powerful stereo speaker, video projector, battery powerhouse and more. And it carries a premium price tag. Moving the phone between carriers can be hard, because each model supports different spectrum bands: the AT&T/T-Mobile one won't work on Sprint or Verizon, the Verizon one won't work well with T-Mobile or Sprint, and the Sprint one will work just okay on all four carriers, but not as well as the optimized units. Motorola also claims it is shatterproof and waterproof. The Moto Z2 Force will launch in the United States on August 10 and pre-orders are live right now.

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