Moto Z Force hands-on: Built to last, this is the flagship to watch

Motorola unveiled the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force on Thursday during Lenovo Tech World in California. They’re both incredibly powerful flagship smartphones packed to the gills with the latest hardware, like Snapdragon 820 processors and more. I’d be happy owning either one, frankly, and after looking at both during a brief hands-on session, I’m still not sure which one I’d pick. In any case, let’s talk a bit about the Moto Z Force.

It, unlike the Moto Z, features ShatterShield screen technology. This prevents the display from cracking or shattering when you drop it but, as was the case with earlier ShatterShield devices, I’m not a huge fan of how plastic-y the screen feels. I prefer a nice, glass screen and just being a lot more careful with it. I do, however, dig the aluminum body that gives it a real first-class look, and the super-sharp Quad HD display. The Moto Z Force has a few other upgrades, too, like a 21-megapixel camera and a larger 3,500mAh battery, which I’m told is supposed to offer up to 48 hours of battery life. Even better? You can charge it for just 15 minutes and get an additional 15 hours of life.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t discuss the Moto Mods modules, which will be available at launch. They easily pop right onto the back of the phone, connecting to a set of pins, and will offer different functionalities. A JBL mod, for example, turns the phone into a speaker. Another provides a kickstand and a projector that shoots up to a 70-inch image. Pretty wild stuff, and none of it is complicated to use. Just pop the mod on and you’re good to go.

The Moto Z Force will be limited to Verizon in the U.S. as the Moto Z Force Droid Edition and launches this summer. Motorola said the Moto Z will launch unlocked this fall, too, so we hope that also includes the Moto Z Force in some fashion.

Lenovo Tech World 2016

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