With the Moto Z2 Force, Motorola will prioritize thinness over battery capacity

With the Moto Z2 Force, Motorola will prioritize thinness over battery capacity
Next week, on July 25, Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will announce a brand new high-end smartphone. Most likely, the handset in question is the Moto Z2 Force - already seen in several leaked renders.

Interestingly, unlike any other Moto Z released until now, the Z2 Force might be sold by all major US carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. While we're waiting for the Z2 Force to be officially unveiled, Venture Beat today has some new details about it.

Reportedly, the US version of the Moto Z2 Force comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable internal memory, despite the fact that other variants (including the one expected to be launched in China) will get 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space.

Another not-so-great-detail is that the Z2 Force will be about 1 mm thinner than its predecessor, while packing a 2730 mAh battery - about 22% smaller than the 3500 mAh battery found inside last year's Moto Z Force. As a reminder, Motorola did a similar thing with the already announced Z2 Play, making it thinner than the Z Play from 2016, while reducing its battery capacity. Obviously, we're not exactly thrilled to hear about this.

Smaller battery aside, the Moto Z2 Force should still be an upgrade over the original Z Force, as it's going to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (significantly faster than the Snapdragon 820 of the older phone). Other features allegedly include a dual 12 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) ShatterShield display that should be virtually unbreakable.

For now, we have no information on the price of the Moto Z2 Force, but we're expecting it to cost about as much as its predecessor - around $700 off-contract.

source: Venture Beat

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Moto Z2 Force Edition
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2730 mAh



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Sweet Jesus... Go home Motorola, you're drunk.

20. foreverNOOB

Posts: 167; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

+1 and that face on the back...much more uglier than surprised robot face on LG phone.

2. JcHnd

Posts: 282; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They're killing the brand because they want to sell those damn MotoMods... -_-

3. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Poop on Lenovo

4. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Why do some leaked renders show a 3.5mm headphone jack while others do not?

15. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Z2 Force vs Z2 Play.

5. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The smaller battery may not make that much of a difference considering how much more power efficient the SD 835 is. I'm not saying it will not affect it at all but maybe not as much as people think it may.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well it's true that we'll need to wait for battery tests to know for sure, we can probably deduce that battery life will be worse than other flagships with the SD835 and 3000+mAh batteries, which is definitely a shame.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The 835 really isn't that much more efficient than the 821. My God, why does this rumor keep going around. An 821 with about 5% more battery will match the average efficiency of an 835 device. Just look at the difference between OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5, between the S7+ and the S8+ (the S8 family, I think, actually has a smaller screen area despite bigger diagonal). Talk reviewers will tell you that the OP5 doesn't last any longer or shorter than the 3T. The difference between Xperia z premium and xz premium devices showcases what a more efficient SoC does in the face of a smaller battery--not the miniscule difference between the 835 and the 821.

6. EricXu

Posts: 4; Member since: May 23, 2016

Really hoping the Moto X4 will have a huge battery for us battery junkie fokes

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2932; Member since: Jun 30, 2014


22. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

yes they will have 3000mah ,, I know u expecting 3800mah battery from previous leaks but LENOVO is out of their mind .They will introduce X4 with 3000 one

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's Lenovo now. Motorola would've made sensible decisions.

10. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

reduced the battery because 835 has powersaving capabilities?!? lenovo.... you are drunk. we dont want minimum standards, nor do i care how thin it is. what i want is to run 6 hours of screentime or longer and lots of ram so my facebook doesnt keep crashing while im playing clash of clans

11. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

Big mistake

12. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

what i predict is another rooting revolution. 2010 was the age of smartphones dumbed down without features like battery life. we got features in 2014 but now its features with dumbed down specs onces again with battery life being terrible. i was really looking forwards to the z2 so im hoping it lives up or else im looking at the nokia and hoping for it to come to sprint

13. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

23. JcHnd

Posts: 282; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

LOL maybe...

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

As a former Verizon rep I can tell you battery life was the primary reason people bought the Droid Maxx, Maxx 2, Turbo, Turbo 2, and Z Force. Durability with the old Kevlar back was a close 2nd. If they want to shoot themselves in the foot and release another thin and fragile glass phone with mediocre battery life, let them question why their sales are dropping.

17. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

They're doing this to promote the sale of their mods. No one I know has ever said any of the flagships in the last couple of years could do with being thinner... no one. In fact, where do these companies do their market research?

18. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Guess it will be the Pix XL2.. Thanks lenovo For making my decision easy for me. As far as your Mods, they have mini speakers and projectors to do what your Mods are going to do.

19. bonkz

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 19, 2017

iPhone 8 and Surface Mobile are both better than this garbage. I'm a psychic so yes I can tell that two unreleased phones are better.


Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Damn! Who wants those skinny phones? Make a brick for me with a 4500mah battery. You're stepping in wrong direction.

24. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

exactly... i own the moto x pure and if they added 1000mAh to it and released it as the moto z2 i would have bought it even with the weight. we bought pocket pc's back in 2008 so we didnt care about the size, we just wanted something smarter and better

25. andres120

Posts: 7; Member since: May 28, 2014

Finally a manufacturer that listens to its customers, all they want is an thinner phone, no?

26. travisj.williams

Posts: 5; Member since: May 15, 2017

I, for one, love things phones. I think I'm about the only person here still using the old Sony Z Ultra (as my secondary device not primary) because of its amazing size VS. thinness. That being said, that camera "bump" is beyond ridiculous in my opinion. Why would I buy an ultra slim phone, just to have that two dementionality spoiled by an unsightly rising in the upper half of the body's backside? If the phone were 6mm thin without the bump I would consider it as a container for my service use, but when I have to add bulk to my device in order to make it sleek and uniform on a single plane, not thank you.

27. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Plain stupid

28. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Atleast put 3200mah battery with quick charger 4+ Snapdragon 835 5-5"inch 2K screen super amoled display, 3D Corning gorilla glass 5 64GB 6GB DDR4X RAM NFC Volte Dual sim + micro SD card support Bluetooth 5 USB - type C 3.1 Full metal unibody design 7000 series aluminium Moto mods 3.5MM Jack Stero speakers 100db sound 3200mah battery with 5.5MM thin Scatter proof display extreme rough display Weight 150grams Price in india 40K $500

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Seems like Motorola-Lenovo is trying to fail to time.

30. MYTHiKAL unregistered

The Z PLAY has the 3.5mm jack. That one is better for Music while the others only work via Bluetooth. I had this phone on Verizon until about 4 months ago, and it was great, the reason why I stopped using it, was because Verizon on our area sucks. But this one overall is going to be a more powerful version from last year and I can't wait to get it on AT&T as soon as it becomes available. :)

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