– In collaboration with OnLeaks, Android Authority has obtained renders and a 360 degree video of the upcoming Moto Z2 Force, which was first leaked in super fuzzy form last week. The images and video confirm what was seen there: a 2017 Moto Z Force that looks very much like last year’s. You can thank Moto Mods for that but fortunately there are still some changes worth noting, Andriod Authority reports.
The most important one of all is the reappearance of the 3.5 mm headphone port, which was controversially removed from last year’s Moto Z series. That’ll be great news for anyone that avoided last year’s models because of that fact, but bad news for anyone that bought into the idea of a headphone port-less future for Moto.
The second thing to note is that the design is a bit of a mix between last year’s Moto Z and this year’s Moto G5 and G5 Plus. Instead of the “caps” at the top and bottom on the back of the phone, the new Moto Z2 Force features a thin band that flows the entire way around the device, presumably to allow better radio signal access to the four antennas rumored to be inside.
Sprint will apparently use these antennas to bring Cat. 16 download speeds to the Moto Z2 Force. That means two things: the 2017 Moto Z range won’t be a Verizon exclusive and the Moto Z2 Force specs will include the Snapdragon 835. Sprint has already acknowledged it has partnered with Qualcomm and Motorola on its LTE enhancement efforts and demoed its progress on a mystery Moto phone, known to be the 2017 Moto Z.
The Moto Z2 Force features a dual camera setup on the back and a redesigned solid state fingerprint scanner.
There’s also apparently going to be a Lenovo logo on the lower part of the right hand side of the phone.
The pogo pins and camera bump are in their rightful places, allowing you to slap any of the existing Moto Mods on the 2017 Moto Z Force. But the Moto Z2 Force has a slightly larger footprint than its predecessor, measuring 156.32 x 76.36 mm compared to last year’s version which measured 155.9 x 75.8 mm. It will once again have a 5.5-inch display.
Interestingly, this year’s Moto Z2 Force has become even thinner that last year’s model. The Moto Z2 Force is 5.99mm thick (8.50mm with back camera bump) compared to last year’s version which measured 7 mm (so much for last year’s Moto Z being so thin it couldn’t house a 3.5 mm headphone port).