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According to Lenovo, Motorola has “reinvented itself” this 2017.

Last year, the company released three variants of the Moto Z series, but this year, fans of the brand can now choose from only two options, with the newest being the Moto Z2 Force.

Like the name suggests, many would be expecting a Moto Z2 Force phone that can adhere to just about every form of rough treatment. The design material used is all that makes it possible for this to happen, but it appears that the choices the company made this year are out of this world. When compared to the original Moto Z Force, there are a bunch of differences you’ll notice and in fact, we have reason to believe that the 2016 model is still a better choice than the new model, but only for the performance specs that have seen an obvious bump to the latest chipset in town, the Snapdragon 835.

Motorola has also joined in the latest craze of dual lens cameras. The Moto Z2 Force, like the LG G6 and Huawei P10, has a dual-lens camera on the back. This should be one of the major selling points of the phone, but as we all know, there’s more than just having two lenses on the back of a phone that determine how good a camera can deliver results.

Moto Z2 Force design

Lately, having a 5.5-inch QHD display screen is seen as the standard for major names in the high-end smartphone family – and this is what you get on the Moto Z2 Force. The display is said to unbreakable, at least according to Motorola, but this doesn’t mean you won’t find some downsides on this panel. With some OEMs like Samsung and LG ditching the 16:9 profile to a whole new 18:9 aspect ratio, it was thought that Motorola would take the same direction, but the Moto Z Force successor remains at the same position as the 2016 model, which some people should welcome – but not all.

If you love slim profiles, the Z2 Force is probably what you’ve been waiting for. The phone measures a mere 6.1mm thick, which is probably the thinnest flagship your eyes will see this 2017. This is great, but it comes at an expense, which leads us to our first major reason we think the Moto Z2 Force is not worth your money.

Moto Z2 Force oled display

The battery capacity

In 2017, everyone is looking for a phone that can handle just about everything while being able to last at least a full day on a single charge. Apps, processes and the very features that come with these phones keep on sucking more battery juice from these phones, which is why some people weren’t happy when Samsung Galaxy S8 made its debut with a 3000mAh battery unit.

On a 5.5-inch P-OLED display screen that features a QHD resolution, the Moto Z2 Force would have done better with at least 3000mAh of battery capacity, but the Lenovo-made phone only manages a mere 2730mAh unit, even smaller than the unit used on the Google Pixel, which has a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display screen. Perhaps Motorola is forcing fans to buy the Moto TurboPower pack by giving them a smaller battery unit that won’t last long.

Display screen easily catches scratches

According to Android Police, the Moto Z2 Force has a display screen panel that can easily be scratched by a fingernail. This is not just something you’d expect from a phone that costs a massive $800. While Motorola has made the screen shatterproof, it is not free from catching scratches, which simply doesn’t add up.

Motorola has responded to these claims by stating that the units that are easily showing signs of catching scratches were the initial products, but the consumer units will not be the same. How true this turns out remains to be seen, but one thing that is for sure is that you can’t spend $800 on a phone and be forced to add another layer of protective case so as to prevent the screen from easily scratching. And this brings us to our last point!

OnePlus 5

The price

At $800, the Moto Z2 Force seems unrealistically priced. When compared to Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11 and especially the OnePlus 5, this is just not right. At this point in time, you can get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ at a much lower price than this $800 figure yet you get a much better design, a bigger battery, a display screen that doesn’t easily catch scratches and the same hardware package.

It gets even better when you think of getting the OnePlus 5. The phone has a superior hardware package, a dual-lens camera setup, a bigger battery and priced at almost half the price of the Moto Z2 Force.

What do you think about the Moto Z2 Force? Let us know in your comments below.