Back in 2014, Motorola’s mobile division, now known as Motorola Mobility, was acquired by Lenovo from Google. Since then, the whole division has shifted its focus on developing and creating a brand new series of flagship smartphones. Fast forward to earlier this year, Lenovo announced that it would be slowly renouncing the Motorola name on all high-end smartphones developed by the Motorola Mobility division, and replacing it with the name “Moto”.
The Moto Z Force is the company’s latest flagship. Imagined as the Moto X’s successor, which was a fairly well received phone.
Motorola’s Best Flagship
As we would expect from a smartphone that was launched in September 2016, the Moto Z Force packs some serious firepower. The flagship has a huge 5.5” screen, with a 1440*2560 resolution - something we’re seeing more often nowadays. We’re glad that Motorola decided to go with the quad HD solution for their phone. Beneath the screen is one of Qualcomm’s most powerful CPUs, the Snapdragon 820 - a quad-core beast that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it.
We were very impressed with the 21MP camera that’s facing the rear. It offers 4K video recording at 30fps, 1080p recording at 60fps and has laser autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. You’re going to be able to take some amazing shots, both during the day and at night.
Motorola didn’t hold back on storage, either. The new Moto Z Force can be purchased in two variants: one with 32GB of internal storage and the other with 64GB. Many high-end smartphones from competitor companies have also made the switch to 64GB, so we’re pleased to see it on the latest Motorola as well. As if 64GB weren’t enough for most, the SD slot offers the possibility to expand the storage with a whopping 2TB SD card. It might seem like a lot of storage, but those 4K videos are storage hungry.
A Couple of Disappointments
Unfortunately, Motorola chose Apple’s side and decided not to include a 3.5mm audio jack. Exactly like the iPhone 7 line, the Moto Z Force has a USB-C adapter that can be used for both charging and listening to music.
We’ve seen a good amount of water resistant phones. Sony, Apple, Samsung, and other smartphone companies have received IP68 and IP67 certifications. Unfortunately, the Moto Z Force is only water resistant as long as it’s a splash. Sure, most phones won’t go through more than a few splashes, but a more inclusive water resistance would have been a nice addition to a 2016 flagship.