Can Moto Z2 Force challenge the OnePlus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S8?
Lenovo is taking another shot at the flagship segment with another modular smartphone and is calling it the Moto Z2 Force. It is a follow up to the Moto Z Force globally, which was released in India as Moto Z. The open version will be available in the US from 10 August at $756 (around Rs48,467). We take a look at the key highlights of the new Moto smartphone and how they compare with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 (Rs57,990) and the OnePlus 5 (Rs37,999).
The design language of the Moto Z2 Force is similar as last year’s model, to retain compatibility with the existing set of mods. This means you can use the mods purchased with the Moto Z Play or Moto Z with it. Mods allow users to enhance camera, audio or battery performance by adding a style mod on the phone’s back panel.
Moto Z2 Force is going to be one of the lightest big-screen smartphones in the market. It has a 5.5-inch screen yet weighs just 143g. The OnePlus 5 has a similar screen size but weighs 153g, while the Galaxy S8 tips the scales at 155g.
At 6.1 mm, the Moto Z2 Force is thinner than the OnePlus 5 (7.3mm) and Galaxy S8 (8mm). The new smartphone is splash-resistant but not water-resistant as the Galaxy S8 which can survive up to a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes. Clearly, Moto mods is more fun to use but you have to buy them separately.
A display made to last?
At the heart of the Moto Z2 Force is the 5.5-inch shatter-proof display which uses several layers of screen. Motorola claims that it won’t shatter or crack when dropped from a short height. It is an AMOLED display which means brighter colours and has a resolution of 2,560x1,440p. Both Samsung Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5 offers resolution of 2,56x,1440p on their respective 5.8-inch and 5.5-inch AMOLED displays. They also offer Gorilla Glass 5, which is scratch resistant and can tolerate impact from height of 1.6 metres.
The race for the best
The Moto Z2 Force belongs to the elite group of smartphones which uses Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and has clubbed it with 6GB RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has two variants. The one running on Snapdragon 835 is available only in the US and China, while the other which runs on Exynos 8895 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM is available elsewhere, including India. OnePlus 5 is also driven by Snapdragon 835 but is clubbed with up to 8GB RAM. All three have powerful innards capable of handling heavy tasks and games easily.
New Android out of the box
True to the Moto tradition, the new smartphone offers a clutter-free experience and the latest Android. It runs Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) and that puts it at par with One Plus 5, which also runs the new Android and offers a slightly more customisable but clean-looking Oxygen OS. The Galaxy S8 is also based on the latest version of Android but runs Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which is a bit bloated compared to plain Android and Oxygen OS.
Dual camera club
The Moto Z2 Force will be the latest addition to the dual camera club. It has two 12-megapixel cameras with aperture of f/2.0 in both and a 5-megapixel selfie camera with dual tone flash. The OnePlus 5 too offers dual cameras. There is a 16-megapixel camera with aperture of f/1.7 and a 20-megapixel camera with aperture of f/2.0. It comes with a 16-megapixel front camera. The Galaxy S8 is the only smartphone with a single 12-megapixel camera with aperture of f/1.7 and an 8-megapixel front camera.
Dual cameras have their advantages, but they don’t always mean better picture quality.