Around this time previous year, Lenovo-owned Motorola announced the Moto Z/Z Force - the first two phones that ushered in Motorola's modular ecosystem with Moto Mods. Today that expands with the addition of a 360 degree 4K camera.
Motorola is back with yet another smartphone in the Moto Z series.
Perhaps most importantly, the Moto Z2 Force will be available on all four main carriers, eliminating the Verizon exclusivity that diminished the original Z Force's reach. It also isn't water-resistant, unlike the latest offerings by Samsung, Apple and LG. The Moto Z has the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor also found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and a 5.5-inch 1440p AMOLED display that should be plenty handsome while also battery friendly.
The rest of the world gets 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage while China gets 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone will support Gigabit LTE as well. In 2014, Lenovo acquired one part of the smartphone manufacturer, Motorola Mobility, which has been developing new smartphone products. Pre-orders for the Moto Z2 start today.
All told, I get the impression that this is the flagship phone Motorola wanted to make all along. Like many devices that launched this year, this one too runs Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box, and we can expect it to get upgraded to Android 8.0 after it goes public. Where last year's Z Force featured a massive 3,500mAh battery, the Z2 only has a 2,730mAh one. Both are 12 megapixels, but there's no mention of optical image stabilization even though there's a big camera hump on the back. Different actions can be taken with the home button (which is also a fingerprint reader) that includes tapping, holding, and swiping it.
Andy Rubin helpfully pointed that out when he debuted the Essential phone in late May, along with its own $199 360-degree camera.
The phone features a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with ShatterShield technology and like virtually every flagship this year, it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor alongside Adreno 540 graphics.
While Crowley said the Moto Mod product line has proven popular and has improved sales, Motorola's global smartphone market share remains in the low single-digits.