Lenovo, who now own Motorola, announced the successor to the Moto Z in the Moto Z2 line of Smartphones, of which you’ll find the Z2 Play mid-ranger and the flagship behemoth the Z2 Force!
Whilst the design of the Moto Z2 hasn’t really changed, if at all, since the original Moto Z, that’s certainly not too much of a bad thing as that did look pretty awesome, but it does also mean this is another phone which is not adopting the bezel-less design in the Android sphere. However, that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t get a fantastic 2017 flagship as both Sony and HTC have already proved this year.
Whilst the Moto Z2 line may not be adopting the Display side of things, they are finally adopting a popular trend in the Camera department, two of the things. Now, Motorola devices haven’t exactly had a rosy history when it comes to Camera performance, so be rather weary when it comes to the performance of these things, were hopeful that they may have learned, but we seem to say this every year and every device so fingers crossed again right!
Both Camera sensors are 12MP, though very little information on their execution was released by Lenovo, those Cameras support an f/2.0 aperture and a Dual-LED Flash can be found underneath them. In fact even with a hands on experience with the Moto Z2 Force, we were rather concerned to find that second Camera was barely used for anything other than a worse version of Portrait mode, it’s not zoomed in further, or out further, so it’s almost like a visible cue to nothing which is kind of lame.
Up at the front you’ve the same LED Flash capable 5MP Front Camera as last years Moto Z as well, which we can’t deny wasn’t that special either.
Lenovo promised last year that the this years Moto device would support the same MotoMods released last year, so suppose we’d of been silly to expect a new design, but we still find ourselves cringing at that home button with “moto” logo combo. We say this time and time again, why not just put a circular home button with the same iconic Motorola M inside it? No idea why that’s never been thought of.
If you’re in to that sort of thing, a white and gold pairing version is also available, a white and grey is also available too as a select Carrier exclusive, though we find the black unit to be more appealing, mainly as it hides away a lot of the bad design choices they’ve made.
The highlight of the front of any Smartphone naturally is the display, and there’s little changed their either, the same 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display is present, which don’t get us wrong is a great display which is naturally helped by the clean Android 7.1.1 Nougat interface aided by the constrained choices by Motorola to have as little clutter as possible which we still very much appreciate.
The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 helps things along too, and unless oddly you live across the pond, you’ve a pretty beefy 6GB of RAM supporting that as well. The usual hardware expectancies are also here as well such as AC WiFi, 4G LTE, NFC, GPS, you get the idea. The Z2 Force also comes with displaying at least Bluetooth 4.2, however this is just a ruse and does contain an Bluetooth 5.0 chip which will be enabled after a software update.
So, what do we think of the Moto Z2 Force? Well, it’s not hard to tell we’re more unimpressed than impressed. Motorola clearly could have, yet again, done so much more with this device, naturally the Moto Mods are pretty cool, and we are a fan of the Gaming Mod, a new 360 Camera Mod is also available if you’ve $300 of spare change … you see that’s it’s biggest problem. The Moto Z2 is obviously deliberately constrained as a device to get you to buy rather expensive accessories, which let’s be honest is a bit of a cop-off and we’re not a fan.
Did we also mention its running between $700-800 in the US. UK pricing is still to be announced, but dang that’s overpriced, and could possibly over-take the current most expensive flagship, the Galaxy S8 at £689.