Moto Z2 Force Edition launching at T-Mobile on August 10th, BOGO deal in tow


The drought of Motorola smartphones on T-Mobile is coming to an end with the launch of the Moto Z2 Force Edition.

Announced at an event in New York City today, the Moto Z2 Force Edition features a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display with ShatterShield technology. Motorola says that its ShatterShield screen is guaranteed not to crack or shatter, and both the display and its embedded lens are warrantied against shattering and cracking for four years from your device’s purchase date.

Another notable feature of the Moto Z2 Force Edition is its dual rear camera setup. There are two 12-megapixel sensors here, one color and one black and white. You can use these dual rear cameras together to capture higher-quality photos and add blurry backgrounds to your images. Also included is a Pro Mode to let you control settings like shutter speed, white balance, ISO, and exposure.

Also on the back of the Moto Z2 Force Edition are its Moto Mod connector pins. This enables you to connect one of Motorola’s many Moto Mods to the phone’s backside, like the the Moto Insta-Share Projector, Hasselblad True Zoom camera grip, JBL SoundBoost speaker, and extended battery packs.

Motorola also announced a new Moto Mod today in the Moto 360 Camera, which can capture 360-degree 4K video as well as 150-degree wide angle photos when it launches on August 10th. T-Mobile will sell the Moto 360 Camera for $0 down and $12.50 per month for 24 months, which is a total of $299.99.


Other features of the Moto Z2 Force Edition include a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a microSD slot for expanding on the built-in storage. There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with flash, a fingerprint reader, USB Type-C, a 2730mAh battery powering the entire package. One thing that it’s missing? A 3.5mm headphone jack. You do get a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, though.

T-Mobile is now taking pre-orders for the Moto Z2 Force Edition ahead of its August 10th launch. EIP pricing will be set at $30 down and $30 per month for 24 months, which works out to a full price of $750, while JUMP! On Demand customers can expect to pay $0 down and $34 per month for 18 months.

T-Mo is celebrating the launch of the Moto Z2 Force Edition by offering a buy one, get one free deal. When you buy two Moto Z2 Force Edition phones on EIP and add a new line, you’ll get a rebate in the form of a prepaid MasterCard card to cover the cost of the second device.

Motorola is also offering a free Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod to anyone that buys a Moto Z2 Force Edition by September 9th.

The Moto Z2 Force Edition looks mostly like a solid upgrade over the original Moto Z Force, though the smaller battery (Moto Z Force had a 3500mAh battery) is a bit of a bummer. Even with the smaller battery, though, it’s great to see another Motorola flagship on T-Mobile, because having more choices when it comes to buying a new device is always a good thing.

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  • T Redd

    i was hoping for a bigger battery and earphone jack. ill stick with my s7 edge for now.

    • thepanttherlady

      They do have a battery mod you can add. I had one and liked it despite the weight and bulk it added to the overall phone.

      • TmoRepNLovingIt

        That would make the cost of the device much higher than others in the same price range with excellent battery life, like the s8. As someone else stated above, it looks like they skimped on the battery to sell more battery mods.

        • Rob

          No, they probably skimped on the battery life to keep the target around the same as the original Z Force. Yes, the Snapdragon 835 is THAT efficient.

    • CousinSkeeta

      I bet that battery last longer that the s7e that we using now

      • T Redd

        will find out soon.

        • CousinSkeeta

          I already know and it’s plain as day… every oem that put the sd835 in they device the batteries are smaller than last year’s model… y because all the hardware uses less energy than last year… i.e the ram and storage is more efficient on power…

        • T Redd

          in that case i might as well get the s8 and s8+ and call it a day.

  • CAL_08

    Can’t wait for this no headphone jack fad to pass. If you can offer adapters to make it work, then you can find a way to build it into the phone. Yay for those that like their bluetooth headphones, but many of us don’t want to have to carry around a charger or worry that they have enough power to last.

    Pretty much any device with a battery has a short shelf life, and that’s exactly what bluetooth headphones offer. I don’t want to have to replace headphones every few years because the battery wouldn’t hold a charge for long or eventually died.

    • It’s a joke. Eventually we may be a “bluetooth headphone recharging jack”

    • yochanan

      If you can offer adapters to make it work, then you can find a way to build it into the phone.”

      What kind of logic is that? Adapters don’t take up space inside the phone. Obviously a headphone jack does.

      • CAL_08

        You have a very false impression that phones seem to be getting smaller. If you can add an adapter that will still make it waterproof, then you can also build it into the phone so an adapter isn’t necessary.

        Don’t be fooled as if you’re getting something new by having this feature taken away. All you’re really getting is inconvenienced and a higher price.

        • Rob

          I thought the same thing until I got my U11. I don’t worry about battery life since the Snapdragon 835 is a power efficiency beast (as in heavy use giving me 16-20 hours standby with 6 1/2 hours with the screen on and light use giving me 8 1/4 with the same 16-20 hours standby) and the USonic headphones HTC included with the phone are phenomenal to say the least. The phone is too thin to accommodate a 3.5mm jack. With the curved edges, while the phone is 7.9mm, it would have to be a recessed jack and would screw up the aesthetics of the device. I personally don’t mind it at all now that I’ve used it for almost a month and a half. You just get used to it. It doesn’t hurt that the headset that came with it has some serious sound to it though along with a form factor that actually stays in my ears.

        • yochanan

          I have no idea who you’re talking to, but it isn’t me. Your comment had absolutely nothing to do with what I said.

        • CAL_08

          “Adapters don’t take up space inside the phone. Obviously a headphone jack does.”

          Phones are getting bigger every year. Your point about jacks taking up space is misguided. They’re actually taking components out of phones while still making them bigger. It’s very much related to what you said. It’s frustrating that manufacturers seem to feel that removing features while increasing size is a thing consumers are interested in.

  • Ѕροη†αηεους Μιхх ♪♫

    I just ordered this today before even seeing this article, hopefully I can still get the projector mod

    • thepanttherlady

      Doesn’t have very good battery life. When I bought the Moto Mods directly through Motorola I got all the mods. It was fun for a few minutes then got boring real fast. Can’t argue with free though.

      On a side note, I really liked the extended batter pack but damn if it didn’t make that slim phone much bigger. :/

      • Ѕροη†αηεους Μιхх ♪♫

        There’s acutally more than one option on the market at this point for extended battery… an incipio, and a tumi (offered by verizon). I actually wonder with this Z2 being thinner than the predecessor, if the incipio one is all that bad. But also, the Snapdragon 835 is supposed to be more energy efficient than it’s predecessor as well.

        • thepanttherlady

          I bought the Kate Spade Power Pack Moto Mod. Looked at the mods on Verizon and they appear to be about the same size.

        • Rob

          The 835 being energy efficient is an understatement. The U11 uses the exact same 3000mAh battery HTC used in the 10 and I get about 30-35% more battery life out of it and that’s before factoring in that I have my U11 on a stock ROM with a wasteful kernel, I employ no power saving tricks, and I play a ton of games (and games the efficiency goes up to around 40-45% over the 10). When I play games, I average about 6 1/2 hours screen on time with 16-20 hours standby time. If I don’t game and I just use it for browsing, Twitter, Facebook, texting, etc., its 8 1/4. My 10 with a custom kernel? 5 hours screen on time on a good day. If Motorola has optimized the kernel properly, the battery life should be comparable or even slightly better than the old model despite the battery size difference.

          All of those numbers go up if they release an energy aware scheduling kernel for it.

  • Android_God

    That looks about as sexy as a cancerous testicle.

    • thepanttherlady

      It’s been so long since you’ve posted that Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s “Bring out your dead” phrase came to mind. LOL


    Another useless BOGO…

    “When you buy two Moto Z2 Force Edition phones on EIP and add a new line”

    Just give some incentive on the first xxxxx-people that pre-order will get it at a discount $500 price. Then the next xxxxx-people at $600… and so forth. None of this NEW LINE crap.

    • JustNoo

      Uh lol no?

      You just want free discounts?

      If you don’t want to add a line then don’t but don’t expect something for free in exchange for nothing.

      • John Doe

        It not free its a promotion to keep your customers from leaving and going to another carrier…if a T-Mobile customer is looking to upgrade their phone and they see this deal and competitor deals they might leave instead of signing up for a new line. T-Mobile is not facing that problem now but they will soon and customer retention is important.

      • PiCASSiMO

        The $750 asking price is already a rip off. So it’s not like I’m getting something free with the BOGO promotion. Motorola doesn’t the premium taste like Samsung or Apple, or even Google Pixel, so this phone would be better off marketed as a $500 phone and fight against the One Plus 5, ZTE, Huawei, and others that that have top specs for mid-level price.

        • TmoRepNLovingIt

          They do the BOGO for just about every flagship phone, regardless of the manufacturer. They just had one for the s8 a few weeks ago. The amount of the rebate far exceeds the cost of an extra line for how ever long you decide to keep it. I dont see how you don’t see incredible value of these BOGO deals..

        • PiCASSiMO

          Depends on your perception of value. If the MSRP is inflated too much, like the $750 on this phone, then I don’t find this BOGO appealing.

          Besides, I don’t need a 2nd phone. Nor do I want to get rid of it on eBay or Craigslist.

          Everyone is on the premium phone MSRP bandwagon and using “BOGO with new line” as means of pushing initial sales numbers. All I would like are phones that represent their true market value from the beginning.

          I think that LG with their G6 could have had much better sales if they started with their $500 MSRP instead of $650. Samsung as well would have done better selling their S8 at $650, perhaps $600. They should have followed suit with Apple and Google memory premium. Start with 32GB and offer 64 or 128GB variant.
          The lower MSRP price would have pushed greater sales and left alone alone all these BOGOs.

        • JustNoo

          Who are you to decide what a price point should be for a phone?

          Carriers don’t decide the pricing of a phone for the first couple of months.

          Stop trying to feel so entitled to deciding the worth of a phone if you’re nobody.

        • PiCASSiMO

          I, like you, represent the retail market. This $750 phone will be on sale within a month, probably in the $500 range. Same is shown even on the mighty Samsung S8. Only the Apple (as usual) and maybe the Pixel hold their value.

          The sales and marketing team at Lenovo brought this phone up too quickly on the MSRP scale. They started with the X-series and are continuing with the Z-series, all in the name of revenue.

          Slow and steady wins the race.

        • Francisco Peña

          I think he is the consumer that will decide to purchase it or not at that price. If enough of him band together and feel the same way, then units won’t get sold, and guess what?? Moto will lower the price.

          So yeah… collectively, he’s a somebody, and I’d wager more of a somebody than you are.

        • PiCASSiMO

          Price dropped to $500 a few weeks ago. Verizon units are $450 on Best Buy. This Moto flagship started off on the wrong foot.

        • PiCASSiMO

          As I was saying… About 2.5-months later… price dropped from $750 to $500 on T-Mobile’s site. Verizon units today can be purchased at $450 through Best Buy.

        • Mschmal

          I love Moto phones but not for $750. At that price, i’m getting a Pixel.

    • TmoRepNLovingIt

      Nothint is stopping you from switching carriers and takimg advantage of ummm… no free phone at all.

      Also, nothing is stopping you from cancelling the line as soon as you get the rebate and paying the device off. You didnt get that idea from me btw..

      • PiCASSiMO

        How many times will T-Mobile allow this BOGO with cancelled line after a few months?

        • TmoRepNLovingIt

          There’s nothing in the fine print stopping anyone from doing it, and you definitely wouldn’t be the first or the only one to do it. I’m guessing they’ll keep allowing it until it’s no longer profitable or in their best interests..

        • PiCASSiMO

          Thank you, TmoRep.

        • NardVa

          The bogo deal is an incentive for Moto to sell more units and for T-Mobile to add more subscribers even if a percentage of new lines cancel after the rebate. It’s a win win for both parties. I don’t think anybody is losing money because the BOGO deals put the phone at the real selling price of $400.

  • Bryck

    WwWwWoWwww!!! That’s expensive for a Motorola phone, and additional expenses for the Moto Mods.

  • mreveryphone

    I rarely use the headphone jack now that I’ve purchased a pair of beats x that give you a fulls day charge in 15 minutes of charging. I’ve used them constantly and they haven’t let me down yet.

    Now that I’ve had the S8 I just can’t get used to huge bezels anymore. That bottom bezel is humongous to me. i’ts trivial I know but… That battery size is nothing short of selling the battery mod period. They probably found out the the battery mod was not selling well due to the large battery already in the phone.

    This phone will probably do well on magenta since you can add the mods onto your plan and pay for them over time. That price is a definite turn off though…

    • Acdc1a

      The Moto performance on the T-Mobile network is worth it if you are in the flagship market.

      My Nokia 6 is utter rubbish. Just got a replacement… same problem. Love the device, hate the calls.

      • mreveryphone

        Yikes on the Nokia 6… I may give the Z2 a whorl since I’m on JOD… but the Note 8 is on the clock…

  • steveb944

    Glad to see this device on T-Mobile.

  • AnthonyReyes

    boo, im tired of not having a headphone jack on my iPhone 7, been waiting for a good phone to jump to that still uses it. Gotta see what Pixel 2 and note look like

  • Bay_Ranger

    Not much of a BOGO since the price starts at nearly double the value of this low specs phone — small battery, expensive modules, no headphone jack, and NO water resistance. It’s a mid-range phone until you add the modules so base phone should be $500.

    • Ѕροη†αηεους Μιхх ♪♫

      how exactly is a Snapdragon 835 based phone with a 2560x1440p display a “low specs” phone. Are there any other $500 SD835 phones on the market?

      I guess the oneplus 5 is… but any others?

      • Bay_Ranger

        You’re right, of course. It depends on your individual needs/preferences. To me personally, the 835 does not make-up for the decrease in battery size but I understand that for many it would. I myself don’t care about the headphone jack but the lack of waterproofing is not in line with a 2017 phone as I see it. I don’t see it being a a $750 phone since I would want a couple of modules to bring it up to what I want.

        • Rob

          Have you actually used a Snapdragon 835 device? Because I have the U11 and HTC used the same 3000mAh battery they used in the 10 and while my 10 struggles to hit 5 hours of screen on time (and that’s with a custom kernel, my U11 is stock), my U11 gets 6 1/2 and I play a ton of games on it and I have Twitter and Facebook set to sync whereas on my 10, I had to shut off most background syncing if I wanted the battery to last. If I don’t play games and just use it for browsing and such, that number goes to 8 1/4 which is the highest I’ve seen on any device I’ve ever owned. The 835 is a power sipping chip. The efficiency is ridiculous. If I had a custom ROM with the new EAS kernel, I can’t even begin to imagine the battery life I’d be getting. Realistically, that battery will probably get the same total screen on time that the 3500mAh battery did.

    • Mschmal

      Who uses corded headphones in 2017? Get some Bluetooth earbuds, you won’t go back.

      • priap1sm

        People that care about audio quality, and people who already own several sets of headphones and don’t feel like replacing them with more expensive models that need to be charged and eventually go bad. I have sound reduction headphones, high quality audio cans for home listening, earbuds for jogging, and some isolating earbuds for riding my motorcycle. No, I’m not spending several hundred dollars on 4 more sets of earphones, that would be stupid. Nor am I buying several adaptors to leave in the car, in my gym bag, in my desk, etc. etc.

      • Francisco Peña

        I used a wired headphone. Sounds great, doesn’t eat up battery life of both the phone and the BT headset.

        Now I DO want one for mowing the grass, but even still, I can put my ear bud cables under my shirt, so it won’t fall out each time I clip it with a bush or the mower handle.

  • Ryan Carnes Ofs

    No band 66?

  • pda96

    $750 for a Moto phone? Good luck.