Motorola isn’t doing quite well in the premium smartphone segment, perhaps the reason it never bothered to refresh the Moto Z2 Force from 2017 with a new Moto Z3 Force when it unveiled the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play last year. However, reports this year suggest that we have the Moto Z4 Force in the works, probably at the expense of the Moto Z4 Play.
It had consistently been rumored that the Moto Z4 Play will be the device to be unveiled alongside the standard Moto Z4, but recent reports claim a certain Moto Z4 Force is also in the works. It has also been claimed that this year, Motorola could skip the Play variant altogether.
At this point, it’s hard to tell what Moto’s plans are for the next-gen Moto Z series, but based on rumors, leaks, and speculations, here’s what we know so far about the alleged Moto Z4 Force.
Moto Z4 Force specifications [rumored]
- 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB expandable storage
- Tri-lens main camera: 48MP (f/1.6) + 13MP (f/1.8) + Telephoto lens (f/2.0)
- 25MP front camera
- 3230mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, In-display fingerprint scanner, TurboCharge rapid charging, etc.
Same design language as the standard model
Most of the leaks we’ve seen so far are for the standard Moto Z4 (or Moto Z4 Play for that matter). While we still have no idea how the Moto Z4 Force will look like, it has been claimed that the device could borrow the design language of the standard model, but not entirely.
For instance, the display screen size could be the same and so could be the placement of the fingerprint scanner, but Z4 Force may miss out on the 3.5mm audio jack. Also, the fact that the Z4 Force is expected to come with a smaller battery unit suggests it will be thinner than the standard Z4.
Apparently, the Moto Z4 Force will also get a tri-lens camera as opposed to the dual-lens shooter expected on the Z4, but for the most part, everything else about the design remains the same.
As usual, the version of Android 9 Pie to power the Z4 Force out of the box will be near stock, although Moto should include a few useful tweaks of its own, among them Moto Actions, Moto Display, and so on.
5G Moto Mod
Motorola is still keeping modularity alive with the Moto Z4 series and given that the Moto Z3 can support 5G with the help of the 5G Moto Mod, the Z4 Force should also follow suit.
Verizon begins its 5G journey in mid-May 2019 with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The carrier is also the exclusive seller of the Moto Z3 in the U.S.
Moto Z4 Force price and availability
As pointed out, Motorola isn’t having a good time in the premium smartphone business. The company has in recent times been forced to focus more on the midrange and budget segments and it seems to be doing great to a point of wanting to push the standard Moto Z4 as a midrange device and not a premium phone.
Even better is that reports coming in point to an interesting price tag for the Moto Z4 Force believed to be around $650. This would make it one of the most affordable Snapdragon 855 smartphone and given Moto’s reputation, many would easily fall for this, especially if sold through multiple U.S. carriers.
Speaking of, we don’t have any specifics about the availability of the device, but given the previous Moto Z3 handset came out in August, it’s possible the Moto Z4 and Z4 Force will arrive in August 2019.
Thoughts on the Moto Z4 Force?