Motorola reveals Z2 Force Edition, 360-degree camera Mod

The Z2 Force Edition brings back the shatterproof display, and it has a new spin on the dual-camera trend on smartphones, and is available on all US carriers.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer

At an event in New York City on Tuesday, Motorola announced its latest smartphone and a new 360-degree camera Moto Mod.

The announcement comes shortly after the Moto Z2 Play was released along with a trio of new Moto Mods that connect to the back of the phone and add extra capabilities, such as wireless charging.


Moto Z2 Force Edition and its new dual-lens rear camera.


The Moto Z2 Force Edition features the same ShatterShield technology as its predecessor and is guaranteed by the company to never crack or shatter.


Operating system: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Screen: 5.5-inch QHD (1440x2560) Super AMOLED with ShatterShield
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Memory: 4GB in the US, 6GB outside the US
Storage: 64GB w/microSD support up to 2TB (128GB in China).
Battery: 2730mAh
Camera: Dual 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 (after Android O update, Bluetooth 5.0), Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz with MIMO, NFC, A-GPS
Size: 76 x 155.8 x 6.1 mm, 143g

Following industry trends, the Z2 Force Edition has dual rear-facing cameras. Instead of two identical lenses, however, Motorola uses one standard and one monochrome setup on the back. The black and white lens is supposed to aid in depth of field shots, as well as give users the option to capture full or partial black and white photos.

Pre-orders for the Z2 Force Edition across all US carriers begins today and will cost $30 per month on a 24-month payment plan ($720 total). The device will begin shipping on August 10.


The new 360 Camera Moto Mod next to the Z2 Force Edition.


The $299 360 Camera Mod will be available for purchase on August 10. The Mod works with all Moto Z devices -- not just the Z2 Force Edition -- via after a software update that should be available by the time the 360 Camera Mod begins shipping.

The Mod uses the same magnetic pins to communicate with the phone, and it uses the default camera application on any of the Moto Z devices. You don't have to install any additional apps to use it.

With the Mod, you can record 4K video in 360 degrees and live stream through "social channels," according to Motorola.

ZDNet will have hands-on coverage and a full review in the near future.

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