Lenovo-owned Motorola recently launched its most awaited Moto X Force smartphone that the company claims comes with a shatterproof display. With this smartphone, the company has stepped to the next level to create the ultimate smartphone.
On papers, the Moto X Force seems like any other high-end smartphone. However, it sounds similar to the Moto X Style, except the processor, battery and notably the screen.
There are two factors that make the Moto X Force stand out from the crowd. First is its display, which makes the Moto X Force the world's first smartphone with a shatterproof display. The display has been equipped with 5-layers of coating to ensure against accidental falls. Secondly, it's the price, the Moto X Force has a price tag of Rs. 49,999 for a 32GB variant, which makes it the most expensive Moto handset currently available in the India.
Motorola is offering a 4-year warranty on the display of Moto X Force and also claims that this handset can tackle the toughest conditions without breaking apart. We got our hands on with the handset and here are our first impressions.
It has got a crack-proof built!
The selling feature of the Moto X Force is its Shattershield technology display. There is a 5.4-inch display, featuring a five layers of glass construction making it unbreakable. With such a large display, this handset appears to be bulky, but it doesn't feel heavy in the hand. The phone measures 9.2mm thick and weigh 169 grams.
In terms of design, the Moto X Force may look more or less like its other Moto siblings. The curved design and a ballistic nylon finish with the finely woven pattern at the back make it easy to grip. The woven pattern on the back also protects the phone from scratches, dents and fingerprint marks.
On the right-hand side, you can see the power button and volume rockers. The microUSB port for charging and data transfer is located on the base and at the top, you will see 3.5mm audio jack and SIM card tray. The phone has the earpiece speaker in the front at the top and dual speaker grills at the bottom. The device feels good and comfortable in hands and the curves on both sides makes even more comfortable.
Display: What's more?
The Moto X Force is the first smartphone to feature a shatterproof display. It uses five whole layers of the display stacks to make it shatterproof at accidental drops. The Moto X Force sports a 5.4-inch QuadHD Super AMOLED display with an impressive pixel density of 540ppi and has a resolution of 1440x2560 pixels.
The display produced vibrant colors and the text appeared sharp. However, we need to use if for a longer period to judge the display quality. Stay tuned for our full review. Well, the display is protection with Shattershield technology, we dropped the phone multiple times from multiple times on the floor, on the wooden table as well as on the uneven concrete floor. The display did not show any signs of scratches or shattered. However, the metal frame surrounding the Moto X Force did get few scratches.
Under-the-hood, the Moto X Force houses a Qualcomm MSM8894 Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is clocked at octa-core 2GHz speed combining quad-core 1.5 Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2GHz Cortex-A57. The processor is paired with Adreno 430GPU and 3GB RAM. The high-end configuration ensures the device run smooth. While using the device for about 20 minutes, we found there was no delay in opening apps as well as no switching between apps.
On the storage front, the device is available in two storage variant: 32GB and 64GB internal storage and also comes with a microSD card support to expand storage up to 200GB. The micrSD card slot is shared with SIM 2 slot, which means you can use either two SIM cards or a SIM and a microSD card.
The device is powered by the Snapdragon 810, which was known for heating issues, we need to use the Moto X Force for a longer period to give a performance report.
Software and Interface
The Moto X Force runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system. Just like other Moto device, the X Force also comes with an almost stock version of Android along with some proprietary Moto features like Moto Assist, Moto Voice and more.
The Moto X Force also has gesture-based features similar to its predecessors and also a feature called Attentive Display, that ensures the display doesn't go to sleep as long as you are looking at it. Moto X Force might get the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, but nothing the Marshmallow update has not yet official confirmed.
The Moto X Force uses the same camera hardware that has seen in the Moto X Style and Moto X Play. It comes with a 21-megapixel primary camera with dual LED flash, which as per the company is the best on a Moto phone till date. There also is a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter which also comes with an LED flash.
The rear camera comes with f/2.0 aperture and supports phase detect autofocus. It is capable of shooting 4K video recording as well as all motion videos. The camera app is similar to its predecessors and does not have any pro modes. In the brief moments we had with the phone, we found the camera good. However, we will reserve our talk on the camera for the review.
Moto X Force is packed with a 3760mAh battery, which is the largest battery capacity among the Moto X lineup. The smartphone supports wireless charging as well as turbo charging. The company claims that the battery can juice up the device for two days.
The Moto X Force has been priced at Rs 49,999 for 32GB variant and Rs 53,999 for the 64GB variant. The price is certainly on the higher end; it is almost Rs. 10,000 more than the Nexus 6P. Well, speaking about the performance, the Moto X Force did well for a limited period of time. But, we still need to see how it will perform in the real world scenario and will share a verdict on the same in our in-depth review.