Motorola has confirmed the shatterproof Moto X Force as the UK Droid Turbo 2. We round up the details, including the Moto X Force specifications and Moto X Force UK release date and price rumours. Also see: Best new phones coming in 2017.
Motorola Moto X Force UK release date, price rumours: When is the Droid Turbo 2 coming to the UK? How much will the Moto X Force cost?
Last year we were disappointed to learn that one of the best Android phones of the year, the Droid Turbo, wouldn't be coming to the UK. Motorola's got the UK in mind for its successor, though, which will be sold over here as the Moto X Force. Also see: Moto X4 latest rumours
The Droid Turbo 2 was announced alongside the Motorola Droid Maxx 2 (the already available Moto X Play) in the US on 27 October, while the Moto X Force was announced in the UK on 29 October and will ship in mid-November.
In terms of pricing, the Moto X Force is a little more expensive than the Moto X Style (£399), but cheaper than rival flagship phones (circa-£600). As we expected, the X Force costs £499 for the 32GB model, and £534 for 64GB.
The Moto X Force will also be available from mid-November via Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone.
Motorola Moto X Force specification & features: What to expect from the Moto X Force
This time the rumour mill got it right: the Moto X Force has a shatterproof 5.4in Quad-HD (1440x2560 pixels, 550ppi) AMOLED display.
According to uSwitch, "In a recent uSwitch survey, anti-shatter screens topped a list of the 'most useful' features on a smartphone, with 70% of mobile owners wanting one. A four-year guarantee affirms Motorola’s confidence in its unbreakable screen. It’s a promise the mobile maker will be hoping gives faith to customers. It’s also a potential money-saver too, as ordinarily people would have to budget for repairs themselves."
Stephen Ebbett, global director of gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble, adds: "A shatter-proof screen is the holy grail of mobile manufacture. The yearning for smartphones that stand the test of time - in most cases a 24-month contract - has been answered today by Motorola who must have sensed that our reliance on our handsets is making us ever the more desperate for glass that doesn’t break when it’s dropped from elbow height. It’s quite unbelievable this hasn’t been done before. Smartphones are still our most vulnerable gadgets.”
Not only is the X Force shatterproof, but it also has a water-repellent nano-coating.
The base colour for the Moto X Force is Black Ballistic Nylon, but Motorola also offers Moto Makr support for the X Force.
The X Force is a powerful phone, with a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM nestled inside. Available in 32- and 64GB versions, the Moto X Force also has a microSD card slot for up to 2TB of additional storage.
This 149.8x78x7.6-9.2mm, 169g phone runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and features a 21Mp rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, a dual-LED flash and support for 4K video recording. There's also a 5Mp, f/2.0 selfie camera that can capture 1.4um pixels for better low-light performance.
Battery life should also be strong, with a 3,760mAh battery inside that supports PMA and Qi wireless charging and can get up to 13 hours of charge from just 15 minutes. The Moto X Force uses a Micro-USB connection to charge.
The Moto X Force accepts a single Nano SIM, and supports all three UK 4G LTE bands (3, 7 and 20). The phone also caters to dual-band 802.11ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC and A-GPS.
A front-facing speaker and five mics with active noise cancellation means audio should be good.
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