Another summer week has gone and went, but not without something cool and interesting. In case you’ve been living under a rock, a new flagship smartphone was announced this week, the Lenovo Moto Z2 Force, and it’s now up for pre-order at many locations around the globe. The Moto Z2 Force is the successor to last year’s Moto Z and Moto Z Force, making it the second generation installment in Motorola’s new high-end series, the Moto Z line.
Motorola, a branch owned by Lenovo, held an event in New York City on Tuesday, with no accompanying livestream. The timing of the unveiling made sense, given that it was around this time last year when the company introduced Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Motorola has typically gone with a private event for an unveiling of this importance, though many of us would have appreciated at least a livestream.
Each year, Motorola announces one or two smartphones in hope to compete with the best of the best sold by other manufacturers. In the past, Motorola flagships have brought the latest in design ingenuity, supreme battery life and excellent performance. This year’s model is no different, but costs a bit more than units from year’s past. Plus, Motorola wants to establish a larger market presence, especially in the United States, which is why Moto Z2 Force is no longer a Verizon exclusive. Consumers can buy it at Best Buy locations and even purchase a carrier model from AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, or Sprint with addition to Verizon.
This year’s Moto Z2 model brings together the latest hardware with the latest software in that of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Motorola’s skin on top of Android has a few additional goodies as well as all the original features Moto customers love. Moto Mod support is back and will work in the same way on this year’s smartphone. Old Moto Mods are compatible and new Moto Mods including a 360 Camera Mod, Moto Gamepad, JBL SoundBoost 2, and more will land soon enough. We look forward to testing all the new gadgets once they become available on the market.
A lot went as expected, though we’re more impressed by what Motorola has brought to the table this year than year’s past. A lot went into making this year’s model, and although it closely resembles last year’s handsets, at least from the exterior, we’re getting a nice refresh on the inside. Once we get to check out the phone for ourselves, we’ll make the call on whether it deserves a top ranked spot on our 2017 list of Best Android Smartphones. To learn why we’re confident, catch up on some of the below coverage from this week’s launch event.
It’s time for our question of the week! Is the Moto Z2 Force a worthy upgrade from last year’s Moto Z Force aside from the added cost? What are your first impressions and do you believe Motorola will be able to compete in such a crowded high-end market with Moto Z2 Force? Are you considering one for yourself? Let us know in the comments and record your response in our weekly poll. Your feedback is valued and we look forward to hearing your response.
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