Lenovo and Motorola have had a new flagship on the horizon for a few months and this pair of devices is now official. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are now available and are exclusive to Verizon, but unlocked versions are coming soon. The Moto Z did not get a different name, but the Moto Z Force is now the Moto Z Force Droid for Verizon.
This pair of devices are almost identical, except the Moto Z Force Droid has some enhancements. Both have a Motorola custom chip set that includes a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. Motorola decided to not include a headphone jack on either device, only a USB-C port is on board.
Storage is the same with either 32GB or 64GB internally along with a microSD card slot for expansion. A slightly customized version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is on board. Lastly, Moto Mods work with either the Z or Z Force Droid.
There are some key differences with the Z Force Droid. For starters the 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 535 pixels-per-inch display has Shatter Shield technology on board. This makes the screen much more resonant to drops and is on par with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The battery is a larger 3,500mAh compared to a 2,600mAh battery in the Moto Z. This makes a big difference and while it makes the device a bit thick, the Force edition is still only 7 millimeters thick.
A 21 megapixel camera is on the back of the Moto Z Force Droid, which is up from 13 megapixel camera. More pixels will give images and videos a higher resolution, our full thoughts on this camera will come in the full review.
Moto Mods is what makes the Moto Z devices modular. With a set of connectors on the back, you can attach different modules to the device. These range from Style Shields which acts as different back plates, but others are more advanced like a mini projector and a JBL speaker pack.
Plus, while there is a 3,500mAh battery inside the Moto Z Force Droid Edition, several companies like Tumi or Kate Spade make wireless charging battery packs modules.
My first impressions are pretty good for the device. The quad-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM make for a fast experience and the display produces a good image. The design is not the best as while it is very thin and feels solid, the device is a finger print magnet on the back. Also, weighing into this is the weird button placement. Motorola opted for 3 small buttons on the right hand side for power and volume, while the left hand side is bare.
The Moto Z Force Droid for Verizon is available now for $720 at full retail or for $30 a month on a device payment plan. The Z Force Droid is a very expensive device, especially with the Moto Z costing $26 a month or $624 at full retail. Our full review of the Moto Z Force Droid will show our full thoughts and if it is worth the price difference.