Lenovo’s Moto Z series represents a unique and innovative line up of modular phones. The Moto Z2 Force launched this year is not only modular but also includes a shatterproof display, without being thick and clunky.
In India, the Moto Z2 Force comes with an aggressive price compared to its predecessor and Lenovo also bundled the Power Mod along to sweeten the pot. Shall that be enough to challenge the likes of OnePlus 5T? Let’s find out in our review.
Key Specifications of Motorola Moto Z2 Force:
|Model||Motorola Moto Z2 Force|
|Display||5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED shatterproof display|
|Processor||2.45 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor|
|Camera||12 + 12 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras|
|Dimensions and Weight||76 x 155.8 x 6.1 mm and 143 grams|
|Software||Android 8.0 Oreo OS|
|Dual SIM||Yes (Hybrid dual SIM)|
Design and Build
Since Motorola needs to keep the design consistent and compatible with the previous generation Moto Mods, there isn’t much leeway to change things drastically. The Moto Z2 Force has about the same footprint, the same circular camera module, and the same pogo pins as the last year.
Still, a lot has changed in terms of design. Moto Z2 Force has a full metal unibody design constructed from Series-7 aluminum which makes it tough and durable. The back has a nice texture to it.
The new Moto Z2 Force is extremely slim measuring just 6.1mm, but that svelte profile comes at a price. The battery takes a hit. We understand the call Lenovo had to make. After all, the phone is meant for people who would snap mods to the back, and the base model had to be as slim as possible.
There is no 3.5mm audio jack either, which is why it’s odd that Moto bundles a regular set of headphones with 3.5mm jack. A type-C adaptor is also bundled in the box.
On the front, the Moto Z2 Force has beefy bezels. There is even room for moto branding between the front fingerprint sensor and the display. In the era of 18:9 bezel-less screen, the phone is certainly at a disadvantage and even feel archaic.
Overall, the Moto Z2 Force feels solid and durable but it doesn’t exactly scream premium, which is something we’d expect at this price point.
Shatterproof nature aside, Lenovo is using a 5.5-inch 2K AMOLED panel with vibrant colors, deep blacks, and awesome contrast. It’s a flagship-grade display, but the generous helpings of bezels on all sides rob it of a true premium appeal.
The display itself uses “Shattershield” glass. The plus point is that the display can survive more than its fair share of drops. But to achieve this resilience, the display glass had to be made softer and that makes it extremely prone to scratches. Using the screen without a screen protector is just not an option.
Performance and Software
On the inside, the Moto Z2 Force has the 2017 flagship hardware. There is Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The phone also accepts a microSD card, but the slot used is hybrid. You will also get 2 years of unlimited cloud storage for your photos (original size).
The Moto Z2 Force is a snappy and consistent performer. There is sufficient computing power to handle all classes of users smoothly. However, the slim metal body heats up, uncomfortably so, even while performing simple tasks. That’s perhaps because of the extremely slim design.
The software is nearly stock Android 8.0 Oreo. It’s light and should appeal to the purists, even when Motorola has made quite a few alterations. Lenovo has also added Moto Voice that accepts voice commands.
The mono loudspeaker on the phone is clubbed with the earpiece. The Audio output is loud and clear. The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate, and we didn’t face any connectivity issue on the phone.
The camera is the Moto Z2 Force’s biggest strength. There are two 12MP sensors on the rear – one RGB and one Monochrome – and together they can shoot impressive images. The extra sensor can be used to shoot monochrome shots and is also used for the portrait mode.
The images clicked outdoors have ample details and show accurate colors and metering. The images clicked indoors and in low light are equally impressive. This is one area where the Moto Z2 Force outshines its rivals like OnePlus 5T and Samsung Galaxy A8+. The front 5MP camera has f/2.2 aperture lens and LED flash and it’s a decent performer as well but could ahve been better.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 2730mAh battery on the Moto Z2 Force lasted more than what we’d expected but there is no denying that the battery mileage left us wanting for more. Which is perhaps why Motorola bundles the battery mod along with the phone. The TurboPower Mod, as it is called, snaps to the back of the Moto Mod and charges the phone whenever the battery dips below 80 percent. Also, there is a turbocharging mode that fast charges the battery when the mod is plugged in.
At the time of writing, the Moto Z2 Force is available for Rs. 34,998 on Flipkart, which is quite an aggressive price, especially considering that the TurboPower mod alone costs Rs. 5,999 when bought separately. On paper, it has quite a few advantages over its arch-rival OnePlus 5T. There is shatterproof display, Modular accessory support, and a 2K display.
If you are enticed by the idea of Moto mods, a display which won’t break easily and higher resolution display, you may consider the Moto Z2 Force over OnePlus 5T.