The Moto Z4 Force could be Motorola's answer to the Galaxy S10e
The Motorola Moto Z3
Despite big marketing budgets, the original Moto Z Force and its subsequent sequel failed to be the sales hits Motorola was hoping for. Eventually, this led to the brand’s exit last year from the flagship segment, but now it seems Motorola could be making a return, although the following information should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Qualcomm's latest & greatest. Lots of storage and RAM
Expected to arrive at some point during the near future, according to Andri Yatim (via GSMArena) the Motorola Moto Z4 Force will arrive equipped with Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 855. This chip, for those of you that aren’t aware, can currently be found inside the Galaxy S10 series and LG’s G8 ThinQ.
Accompanying the processor will allegedly to be a very respectable 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. No other variants appear to be in the works at the moment, but this configuration does match the storage and RAM counts seen on the base Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ models. Moreover, it represents an extra 2GB of RAM over the cheapest Galaxy S10e.
Like Motorola’s other recent smartphones, the Moto Z4 Force is expected to ship with Android 9 Pie straight out of the box alongside the brand’s minimal software customizations. Joining this will apparently be a small 3,230mAh battery, IP67 water and dust resistance, and support for 4G LTE networks. However, because Moto Mods support is expected too, 5G connectivity will be available to those who purchase the dedicated Mod.
A large display and a triple-camera setup
Moving away from the internal characteristics and over to the external side of things, the Moto Z4 Force will allegedly be pretty similar to the regular Moto Z4 that leaked yesterday. This means that it’ll sport a large 6.4-inch OLED display paired with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, razor-thin side bezels, a small notch, and a reduced chin. As usual, the notch will sit directly below the in-ear speaker and will be home to the front-facing camera. Speaking of which, this sports a 24.8-megapixel resolution and an f/1.9 aperture. Also to be expected on the smartphone is a new triple-camera setup.
Like many of Motorola’s upcoming smartphones – the company has two Android One phones, a quadruple-camera device, and various other models in the pipeline – the Moto Z4 Force should make use of a primary 48-megapixel camera that’ll support an f/1.8 aperture. Paired with this will apparently be an 8-megapixel f/2.0 sensor complete with a telephoto lens, and a 13-megapixel f/1.8 sensor that offers an unknown functionality – it could either be a super-wide-angle camera or a depth sensor.
Regarding the software features that these cameras support, the primary sensor is said to boast a SmartAI feature that presumably adjusts brightness, contrast, color saturation and other settings to each scene. A previous rumor also suggested Motorola was working on its own Night Vision option, so perhaps this will be supported too.
It could undercut the Galaxy S10e by a significant margin
Last year, Motorola announced the Moto Z3 Play in June and the regular Moto Z3 for Verizon in August. So, a Moto Z4 Force introduction during the summer months seems likely.
Regarding the availability of the smartphone, Motorola has a history of working closely with Verizon. This means that the carrier will most likely offer it, although an unlocked Moto Z4 Force should be available through both Motorola’s website and other retailers. It’s unclear if any other carriers will sell the budget flagship.
Lastly, on the topic of price, today’s leak suggests the Motorola Moto Z4 Force will retail at $650 in the US. If accurate, the smartphone will undercut both the Galaxy S10e and iPhone XR by a significant margin and may also be cheaper than the regular OnePlus 7 that’s being announced later this month.