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  • Display : 5.5 inches, AMOLED
  • Max OS : Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Storage : 32 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Glass
  • Cameras : Rear: 21 MP, Front: 5 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 6.14, 2.98, 0.28 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

After the much loved Motorola X trio of 2015, the next big thing that Motorola & Lenovo have co-created is the Moto Z range.
This consists of two devices: Moto Z and Moto Z Force. While Moto Z is the ‘simpler’ of the two, the devices are pretty similar in most of its features. The Moto Z Force just has a few more premier features to crow about.

Quite like the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force has a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. The device runs on the top-end Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB RAM. Both of these seem to be the standard for all flagship devices this year.
What gives Moto Z Force an edge is the expandable memory – while it comes with 32 GB or 64 GB as onboard internal memory, it can be expanded to a whopping 2 terabytes.

The second difference between the twins is that the Moto Z Force comes with a much more acceptable 3500 mAh battery (the Moto Z only gets a 2600 mAh battery, which is a little disappointing). It’s a trifle heavier too – which makes the Moto Z Force a little bit of a barbell.

Like the Moto Z, the Z Force too comes with the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, with the promise of many more updates in its lifetime.

Another thing that is the same on both the devices is the fingerprint sensor on the front. The fingerprint sensors are embedded in the standard home button on the front, quite like every other similar device on the market, except with this one the same button also triples as the sleep button.

The Moto Z Force too, has an aluminium body, with the new trademark modular back plates, that can be snapped on magnetically to upgrade the features on the phone.

These magnetic add-ons are called MotoMods and they all have different functions, and can be bought separately.

  • At about USD 60, the JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod Speaker Case will turn your phone into a boombox.
  • A fun add-on feature at about USD 230 is the Moto InstaShare Projector which, even though bulky, you can snap on and make your phone into a 70-inch wall projector!
  • For extra power, you can all put on Tumi PowerPack Moto Mod Power Case or Tumi Wireless Charging PowerPack Moto Mod Power Case, for USD 70 and USD 80 respectively.

The phone itself comes Quick Charging and Wireless Charging options – in fact the Z Force boasts of being capable of rejuvenating upto 8 hours of battery with only 15 minutes of charging with TurboPower!

The Z Force also does away with the 3.5 mm audio jack, combining it with the USB Type C port. Motorola has included an adapter within the package to make sure your headphones can be plugged in.

What is not the same in both the devices are the eyes. While the Moto Z has a 13 megapixel (rear) and 5 megapixel (front) camera combination, the Moto Z Force has a 21 megapixel (rear) + 5 megapixel (front) camera combination.
The rear camera’s size gives the phone an edge on paper. But in reality, such a high resolution is not needed in a phone camera at all!
Most companies in the market, including Samsung—which was the first to bring high-end cameras to phones—and Apple—which has always kept its cameras at a standard mid-range resolution—have brought down the resolution of the cameras on their smartphones to 12 – 13 megapixel range; so this is really a paper-tiger in our eyes.

All in all, the core specs of Moto Z and Moto Z Force are pretty much the same.
What is different is the camera, which is better in Force, and the battery. With these two major improvements, the question is would Moto Z Force fly better in the market?

The phones can be expected in the market in September 2016, we’ll know then.

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