Motorola Officially Announces Moto Z2 Force, 360 Camera Mod

It comes with a 5.5-inch shatter-resistant display

Motorola has officially announced the Moto Z2 Force Edition smartphone in the US today. The new device is the company’s first flagship phone for this year, and as before follows the same design language as their previous Moto Mod-enabled devices, which includes the huge camera bump in the back that acts like an anchor for said mods, as well as the magnetic pins that transfer data and power to make the mods work.

Motorola Moto Z2 Force specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB/6GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display with ShatterShield (1440 x 2560 resolution)
  • 64GB/128GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • Dual 12-megapixel rear camera, color and monochrome sensors, PDAF, laser AF, 4K video
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • 2730mAh battery

New this year is the dual-camera setup, both of which are 12-megapixel f2.0 sensors that work much like Huawei’s camera system on the P10 and P10 Plus. One camera captures color while the other monochrome, and the phone combines information from both to (hopefully) produce a better photo than with a single color sensor. Just like other dual-camera smartphones in the market, the Moto Z2 Force can also apply artificial bokeh after the fact since the monochrome camera also acts as a depth sensor.

The Moto Z2 Force sports a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display that has ShatterShield, a layer of shatter resistant coating that makes the phone’s display resistant to damage when it’s accidentally dropped. The phone sports flagship-level hardware as well, possessing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB of storage, and 6GB of RAM for the rest of the world. That’s right – the Z2 Force is no longer a Verizon exclusive phone – other carriers and regions will now be able to partake Motorola’s shatter-resistant phone.

While the phone is one of the thinnest in the market coming in at 6.1mm, it still sacrifices a 3.5mm jack to make that possible, as well as battery capacity – it only has a 2730mAh battery, which is pretty close to the 2600mAh battery that the Moto Z had last year. Hopefully the Snapdragon 835 processor is more power efficient than the SD 820 that powered last year’s phone, but if you ever need more juice, you can always buy additional Moto Mods that extend battery life.

Speaking of mods, Motorola also announced a new 360-degree camera Mod to go along with the Moto Z2 Force. The mod is able to capture 360 videos at 4K resolution, as well as 3D spatial audio. If you don’t like taking 360 video or photos, you can just opt to take 150-degree wide-angle shots if you like. Just like other 360 cameras, you’ll be able to livestream 360 videos to the social platform of your choice as well. It’s backwards compatible with all of the Moto Z phones that are capable of taking Mods, so that means you can put it on the Moto Z, Z Play, Z2 Play as well as the Z2 Force.

The Moto Z2 Force is priced at $800 without a contract in the US, which puts it at around 40.5K. The 360 mod is priced at $300, roughly around 15K.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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