Moto Z vs Moto Z Force comparison: see all the differences

Lenovo just dropped a bomb in the smartphone space with something radically different: modular phones. You'd say: hey, the LG G5 already does this! And you'd be right, but the two new flagship-grade phones by Lenovo take this to a new level: welcome the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.

Both 5.5-inch phones with Qualcomm's most powerful chip, the Snapdragon 820, and both supporting the signature Moto Mods snap-on additions that can add a more powerful speaker, or even a pico projector, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are surprisingly similar. So similar, you might be wondering: what's the difference between the two?

There is one hugely important difference that justifies the very existence of the Moto Z Force: a scratch and crack-resistant ShatterShield screen. We've already seen Lenovo / Moto's unbreakable displays before, and we're happy to see it again. In fact, none other than Ashton Kutcher went up on stage to drop a Moto Z Force from the equivalent of a second-floor balcony and the phone survived without having its screen broken. Impressive!

Differences between the Moto Z and Moto Z Force

While similar in terms of processor and screen size, the Moto Z Force is slightly larger in terms of its physical footprint. While the Moto Z is most definitely the thinnest mainstream phone we've ever seen with its shocking 5.2 mm of thickness, the Moto Z Force thickness reaches 7 mm, similar to most iPhones and Galaxies of the world. The Z Force is also noticeably heavier: while the Z tips the scales at just 136 g, the Z Force measures 163 g, or 5.8 ounces.

Then, there is the battery: it's not only that Lenovo offers a battery snap-on mod, it has also equipped the Z Force with a large 3,500 mAh battery, while the Z has a 2,600 mAh, the price for its slim size.

Last but not least, there is a difference in the camera: the Moto Z features a 13-megapixel camera that lacks some key features that the Moto Z Force has. First, the Z Force features a larger, 21-megapixel camera sensor, it has the lacking in the Z: phase-detection auto-focus, deep-trench isolation for individual pixels and auto night mode.

As for all else, it's the same on both phones: 4 gigs of RAM, same three color options (Black with Lunar Grey trim, Black with Rose Gold trim, Fine Gold), same front-facing loud speaker, 4 mics, same two storage options (32GB and 64GB UFS internal storage with the option for microSD card expansion), same TurboPower rapid charge technology.

Which of the two do you prefer?

So with this in mind, which one would you prefer: the slimmer and lighter Moto Z or the thicker Moto Z Force with its shatter-proof screen, larger battery and beefier camera?

Related phones

Moto Z
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
Moto Z Force
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Let the force be with you (and us)...

2. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

only Apple could get away with a 2600mAh battery for a 5.5inch smartphone and still get a decent battery life... the 6S Plus has a 2750mAh battery after all and it works for up to 2 days with intensive use

4. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Not really...If I use maps, battery drains superfast.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Does your 6S Plus have a shatter proof QHD display? Does it have 4gb of ram with a Snapdragon 820 SoC and expandable storage? Does your 6S Plus have these Motomods that extend the functionality of your smartphone, like a pico projector, or stereo speakers with extra batteries? Does your 6S+ have USB-C? That's a big no to all of that stuff. So I will take that Moto Z over what Apple is trying to push.

7. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

this is bullsh*t. I tested a 6sPlus and It did not last half day. whereas my galaxy s7Edge would barely make it through the day. The iphone battery is a f*cking joke for heavy usage

8. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Why it's 5.5" it's also oled, so it will do s6 battery with ease and that with the new android ver and not what was 1st reviewed it may do better if the sd820 CPU is better than 7200 on battery, I have no idea?

14. Nopers unregistered

What you just said is bulls**t. You "tested" a 6s Plus and you also have an S7 edge? I'd like to see your usage of the phone. You're either making s**t up or all you do is sit on the phone, run benchmarks for fun and play intensive games constantly.

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's not true at least not for me. I get a full day out of my 6s plus with normal usage calls,text,internet....ect and some gaming, if i wake at 7-8 at take it of the charger It'll last until I go to bed(12ish) usually has around 12-25% left by then. This is without the use of low power mode of course, using low power all day usually results in about 40-50% battery life left.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Also very GPU demanding apps like Gods of Rome will kill the battery in about 2 hours and have me charging the 6s plus twice before the end of the day.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope they sell the Z force in Canada. Because if they do, then that is my next phone.

6. fyah_king unregistered

Z force will definitely be in my to buy list.

9. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

No headphone Jack, no inductieve charging, no IR-blaster. And eventually (after about 2 years) the battery needs to be REPLACED not another one added to. 2nd year that I'll skip. I guess I'll stick with my aging S5 a little longer.

12. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I dont use any of those. Seems like Im upgrading once prices drop. :)

13. killerdo

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Pleeeeez make a proper charging dock. Don't leave this thing to the poorly made, after market wireless battery heating pads.

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