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Both Motorola Moto X Force and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium are high end smartphones released towards the end of 2015.

While the Motorola device came out in November 2015, the Sony handset was launched about two months earlier in September. The Moto X Force is a single SIM gadget in comparison to the Xperia Z5 Premium smartphone that supports dual SIM operation. For this reason, the latter device is also known as Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual. However, both smartphones use nano SIMs with GSM connection facility. Interestingly, Sony has taken that extra step to make its handset available in more color choices than Motorola.

Design, Dimensions, and Body Material

The difference in the design of the two devices is as apparent as chalk and cheese. Like any other smartphone, they adhere to the traditional rectangular candy bar form factor. However, the Motorola Moto X Force has slightly rounded corners that result in this gadget portraying a stylish look. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium comes with the standard sharp corners. When the dimensions are compared, you will find that the Motorola offering has a size of 149.8 x 78.0 x 9.2 mm and a weight of 169g. In contrast, the size of the Sony handset is 154.4 x 76.0 x 7.8 mm and weighs 180g. Additionally, this gadget is IP68 certified proving that it is both dust and water resistant. Talking about the body material, the Moto X Force sports a material quite similar to the Kevlar material and has a metallic surround as a frame. The corresponding body material in the Xperia Z5 Premium is glass as the main body material while the accents are made of metal.

Verdict: For a classy look, small size and a lightweight handset, the Motorola device is definitely to be preferred over that of the Sony device. But if durability and ruggedness are your points of concern, it is advisable to pick up the Sony handset.

Display Screen

The Motorola Moto X Force is equipped with a 5.4-inch AMOLED screen whereas the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display. Taking the pixel resolution into consideration, the former smartphone has a resolution value of 1440 x 2560 whilst the equivalent value of the latter handset is 2160 x 3840. Regarding the pixel density, the Moto X Force incorporates 541ppi as against 801ppi in the Xperia Z5 Premium. Even as Motorola has taken efforts to render a shatterproof and splash-proof display, Sony has paid attention to focusing on a scratch-resistant glass with oleophobic coating and Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Verdict:Undoubtedly the Motorola smartphone wins thumbs up with its better display technology and shatterproof display that result in lesser chances of cracks or the screen breaking in the event of a fall. But, for an overall better picture quality in terms of clarity and crispness, the Sony device proves itself to be far ahead.


Although the rear camera appears to be quite similar in terms of pixel rating in both smartphones, there are some other differences worth noting. While the Motorola Moto X Force has a 21MP primary snapper with dual LED flash, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium utilizes a 23MP primarycamera with LED flash. The Moto X Force has almost all the standard camera functionalities like autofocus, geo tagging, HDR, panorama, face detection and touch focus. Whilst the Xperia Z5 Premium supports all these features as well, some additional noteworthy features include 5x zoom, object tracking, and continuous shooting. The Motorola and Sony camcorders help with video calling ability. Apart from this, the Sony camcorder is a good choice for time lapse videos and video sharing. The front Motorola snapper is a 5MP camera that is replaced by a 5.1MP secondary camera by Sony. The secondary snappers can record 3840 x 2160 videos @ 30 fps in both cases. Additionally, Motorola supports 1920 x 1080 videos @ 30fps recording by its front camera. Sony allows recording the same 1920 x 1080 videos @ 60 fpsand an extra 1280 x 720 video at @ 120 fps.

Verdict:With Sony being known to be a pioneer in the camera department, there is no doubting that claim in this case either. Supporting more megapixel values as well as extra functionalities and a video recording mode, X Force is definitely way ahead of the Z5 Premium.


If there is one aspect that Motorola and Sony have to offer exactly matching each other to their users, then it is the hardware configuration to a partial but great extent. The two handsets are loaded with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 system chip, 2GHz octa core (two quad core) processor, the Adreno 430 graphics processor, and 3GB RAM. Another point of equality lies in the additional external storage supported. The Moto X Force comes in two variants of inbuilt storage – 32GB and 64GB. There is no equivalent version for the 62GB model from Sony as the Xperia Z5 Premium has only 32GB built-in storage. With memory cards, each handset provides close to limitless memory with a ceiling limit of 200GB!

Although both devices function using Android’s Lollipop, the version in the Motorola Moto X Force is slightly more advanced than that in the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. However, both devices have a planned upgrade or upgrade possibility to the next level Marshmallow.

Verdict: Equality strikes with neither gadget actually gaining the upper hand. Yet if you would want to make a choice based on storage capacity, you may opt for the 64GB version handset from Motorola. But, do bear in mind that the price of a smartphone increases greatly along with the amount of inbuilt storage offered.