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Today is the (ongoing) launch event for the Moto Z2 Force.
The Z2 was accompanied by the unveiling of two more Moto Mods, as well: the 360
Camera Mod which launched today, and the Moto Gamepad, which is said to launch later
this summer. Motorola’s also throwing a full-blown launch party for the Z2
Force later today, but in the mean time we figured we’d break you off with a little
preview of the two products launched today.
Ta-da! Here it is, the Moto Z2 Force, in all its
*The Z2 Force is said to be unbreakable from drops as high
as five feet. Of course, it’s invincibility isn’t its only trick; the device
also carries dual 12 MP sensors, which are capable of a number of shooting
modes. Among the modes mentioned, of course is portrait mode, as well as
selective auto-focus, selective black and white, and true black and white photo
capture. Packing the octa-core Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.35 gHz, the device
comes with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM, with the ability accept up to 2 TB’s
in micro-sd storage.
The Moto Z2 is constructed from 7000 series machined
aluminum, which is diamond cut to achieve its slick lines and textures.
Measuring in at only 6.1 mm in thickness, it’s less than a millimeter thicker than
the ultra-slim original Z2 and noticeably thinner than last year’s Z2 Force. It
also shaves 20 grams off the weight of the original Force, thrusting itself
further into the flagship radar. The phone feels nice in the hand; it’s sharper
non-bezeless design catches our palms for a good grip, and the 5.5-inch ShatterShield
screen is nestled away safely and comfortably within this frame.
Speaking of the screen, the Z2 Force’s 5.5-incher packs a
resolution of 1440 x 2560 (QHD) and seems to offer great clarity. The screen
was bright and readable on the showroom floor, even in the brightest of spots. Colors
looked deep and vibrant, leaving us to worry little about its day-to-day
usability. Just like the original Force, the ShatterShield technology seemed a
non-factor in the devices ability to show color or clarity. In fact, the place
you were most likely to notice it – the thickness – has been even further
reduced in the Z2 Force.
UI and Performance
near-untouched Android versions continue to flow on in their latest devices. Naturally,
the less stuff, the better the performance – ask Samsung’s extinct TouchWiz
about that. The only addition we see here is an expansion on the Moto Voice
Action, now dubbed “Show Me.” Just like the swipe gestures, night mode and Moto
Display actions, this is nestled away in the Moto app. Without going the route
of a full-blown assistant – which the Z2F already has in the form of Google
Assistant – Motorola’s new action offers users another way to get tasks done,
or see what tasks they have on the docket. Essentially, the phrase “show me”
replaces the trigger phrase used previously for Moto Voice. Additionally,
card-like menus appear on screen with the content or action you requested. For
instance, simply say “show me my calendar” to see your calendar and relevant
information on which – a more natural way to communicate vocally.
Motorola’s also added some
functionality to Moto Display – specifically, in-line text reply. That’s right,
now you can answer text messages, and possibly more, all without needing to
unlock your phone. This is a feature we’re sure many will be happy to enable.
As expected, the device hums along
unchallenged by regular navigation and app switching/launching. We’ll have more
in-depth results on performance though when our full review is posted, but of
course, these specs and UI don’t seem poised to disappoint. But, we will see.
360 Camera Moto Mod
Motorola also launched their 360
Camera Moto Mod today. Offering users the ability to scroll through a 360
degree space for picture capture, this mod retails for $299.99 and has some
nifty features. Within the device lies its own built-in editing software, which
users can launch on the phone right from the cameras interface. In here you’ll
find options, to trim clips, add effects, and perhaps coolest of all – excise flat
1080p video from the 360 degree clips. This is achieved by simply flicking your
finger through the 360 degrees of video to direct it through the piece you’d
like to export as flat video. 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. The use of 3D audio
aids this function by correspondingly orienting the sound with the video track
being extricated. Pretty cool stuff.
The Moto Z2 Force is available for
pre-order now on all major U.S. carriers, with international markets all set to
receive the phone later this summer. Retailing at 799.99, pre-orders will arrive
on August 10th bundled with a free projector Moto Mod for a limited
time – a $300 value. The 360 Camera mod is also up for pre-order for $299.99,
but does not have a definitive arrival date listed on Motorola’s website.
Details on when the projector offer ends are below. Anyone picking these up?
Pre-Order on Motorola’s website now!
End dates for free projector mod offer:
September 13, 2017
September 14, 2017
October 6, 2017
Other Carriers: September 9, 2017