Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Motorola just announced a superthin smartphone with a 'shatterproof' display

Motorola just announced a superthin smartphone with a 'shatterproof' display

The Z2 Force Edition, as expected comes with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display protected with the company's proprietary ShatterShield technology with a four-year shatterproof guarantee.

New on the modding scene is a 360-degree camera that will set you back US$300 - it clips on to the top of your phone to capture the whole of the scene around you.

It's a feature that most users will probably never think about, but it helps Lenovo and the Moto line stand out in a sea of very similar handsets (having tried the modular approach with the LG G5 in 2016, LG has dropped the idea this year).

Last year the Moto Z failed because it was too much gadget and not enough of a good phone all on its lonesome, so this year Motorola is focusing on making a great phone first. With full carrier support, a top-of-the-line processor, and an established library of mods, the Moto Z Force might just be the phone to bring modular to the masses. As a result, the Moto Z2 Force looks to offer the best of both of last year's Z smartphones in one package. The pricing for the phone starts at $720. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, coupled with just 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. All phones feature a SD card for expandable storage however.

Motorola is going to launch its Moto Z2 force smartphone today. Instead, the company has a water-repellant coating that might save it from a splash, but that's about it. There's no headphone jack, however, aping the position of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. You do get a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, though.

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Speaking of the battery, the upcoming phone would pack a 4000mAh cell, which is 1000mAh more than the original Galaxy S8 . In a piece in Forbes on Sunday, contributor Gordon Kelly suggested the Galaxy Note 8 could be "massive".

Moto Z2 Force Edition and its new dual-lens rear camera.

One bit of disappointing news (other than the fact that US customers won't receive 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage like other markets around the globe), is that battery capacity has been reduced compared to the first-generation Moto Z Force from 3,500 mAh to 2,730 mAh.

The Moto Z2 Force is available to pre-order starting today and will launch on August 10.

Instead of having only one major carrier stock the phone, like previous year, Motorola said all four of the largest carriers-Verizon, AT&T (t), T-Mobile, and Sprint-will sell the phone directly in their stores. The phone is up for pre-order in the U.S. starting today across all major carriers and will be available in Mexico, Brazil and other countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa later this year in summer.

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