When the new members of the Moto X family were officially introduced in July 2015, few imagined that there would be a division in this line of Motorola. Instead of just a third-generation Moto X, the company has chosen to deliver two new smartphones to the public: Moto X Play and Moto X Style. If the revelation of these devices was already surprising, what was not the surprise when rumors about a new device of the Moto X family began to appear on the internet.
In addition to the existence of this smartphone, another detail attracted the attention of the public: the possibility of it being equipped with an “unbreakable” screen, something that would solve the problem of the most clumsy. Rumors grew stronger, and by the end of October 2015 the Moto X Force officially came alive and really surprised consumers by bringing a solution to those cracked and shattered displays.
However, the exclusive five-layer protection technology – named Moto ShatterShield – is not the only highlight of Moto X Force. The handset features high-end, high-end hardware, plus one of the best smartphone cameras on the market and a monster-capable battery. Is it worth to invest your money in Moto X Force? This is what you will discover in our super-analysis.
- Operational system
- Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
- 5.4-inch AMOLED with Moto Shattershield technology
- Screen resolution
- 2560×1440 pixels (QHD)
- Density of pixels
- 540 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
- Octa-core (quad-core 2 GHz + quad-core 1.5 GHz)
- Adreno 430
- RAM memory
- Internal storage
- External storage
- Expandable micro SD card up to 2TB
- Back camera
- 21 MP with F / 2.0 aperture and dual LED flash
- Frontal camera
- 5 MP with F / 2.0 aperture and LED flash
- 3.760 mAh
- 802.11 a / g / b / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, micro USB, NFC, GPS (A-GPS and GLONASS) and 4G LTE
- Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, infrared hall effect, magnetometer and proximity
- TurboPower 25 charging, water splash protection, Dual SIM (nano-SIM) and personalization via Moto Maker
- 149.8 mm (height) x 78 mm (width)
- 7.6 mm to 9.2 mm
- 169 grams
- Launch price
- R $ 3,499
FAMILY BIKE X
With the arrival of the Moto X Force, the Moto X family has grown in number and it is a little harder to differentiate each model just by name. In addition to the second-generation Moto X, launched in late 2014, Motorola has also made available – at least until now – three new smartphones to complete the line: Moto X Play, Moto X Style and Moto X Force. That is: nothing Moto X third generation or Moto X3.
What tends to make it even more difficult to differentiate between each of the models is their positioning in front of the market. For some time now, companies have stopped following the division of the devices into “inbound”, “intermediate” and “top of the line” when it comes to the hardware in each launch. A great example of this is the Moto X Play.
Although it was released after the second-generation Moto X and has sometimes been called a “successor” to the device, Moto X Play features less powerful hardware and price rivaling its predecessor. There we have to look at the differences, as the latest smartphone has battery and camera enhancements, plus additional features such as micro SD card support. The Moto X Style, which until then was considered the top of the line of Motorola, is really superior to other devices in the Moto X family, but its position was confused with the arrival of Moto X Force.
In the middle of this salad of letters “X”, it is important not to let one aspect get out of sight: the price. With a rising launch value – Moto X (2014) / Moto X Play -> Moto X Style -> Moto X Force -, it’s easier to know which Moto X you should (and can) invest in. However, never fail to observe the technical specifications, because an “unbreakable” screen may be a weight greater than the price, something decisive when choosing your smartphone.
LAYER 1 – EXTERNAL LENS
This is a protective layer with special and resistant coating developed by Motorola. The external lens acts to protect the device against grooves and abrasions and can later be replaced by a brand new sheet.
LAYER 2 – INTEGRATED LENS
The second layer is composed of a lens that is more flexible than glass but maintains the high transparency index characteristic of that material. The integrated lens does not crack or shred, and images and videos are designed with incredible clarity and clarity.
LAYER 3 – DOUBLE-LAYER TOUCH-SENSITIVE
Accidents happen, and that’s why Motorola has added a touch-sensitive system with redundancy to create a more robust set and ensure a longer handset life. If an impact damages the main part, a second layer will take the lead to maintain performance.
LAYER 4 – SCREEN AMOLED
Motorola uses an excellent flexible AMOLED screen that can absorb impact and deliver incredible image and video quality.
LAYER 5 – ALUMINUM CHASSIS
The last layer is composed of a rigid aluminum base that provides support to the assembly and ensures greater durability.
Believe: According to statistical studies provided by Motorola itself, more than one-third of the world’s smartphone owners – 37% of them – have experienced the pain of having a crumpled or shattered screen. This problem tends to take on even more worrying proportions if we consider that 63% of device owners fail to repair the broken display on the grounds that the high cost or difficulty of finding a reliable place to do the right job are the main drawbacks.
Moto ShatterShield is a new and unique screen technology that is the result of years of research by Motorola. The final product of this is a display – more specifically a set of layers – that can guarantee the virtually “indestructible” feature of the Moto X Force display.
In essence, the ShatterShield system consists of five distinct layers, each with a specific function within that set. The materials and their arrangement are designed to absorb impact shock and have proven resistance against shattering. In addition to ensuring protection, this technology still maintains the quality of the touch screen, offering a natural and smooth experience for all users.
Motorola’s confidence in Moto ShatterShield is such that the company has chosen to offer an additional 4-year warranty against cracking or shattering for the integrated lens – the second layer of technology protection. However, it is important to note the obvious: the Moto X Force is not a device that is designed to be extremely strong impact proof and to withstand all falls. This smartphone can not be considered truly indestructible and during our tests scratches and aesthetic carcass damage were inevitable.
However, we can not deny: the Moto X Force is really tough in the fall and we were not able to break the screen using the test pattern suggested by Motorola itself – drops to a height of 1.5 m on a hard surface. There is nothing to complain about this technology that has come to stay and should be the definitive solution for the most clueless.
It is not too difficult to realize that Motorola, in its new generation of smartphones, preferred to unify the design and create a unique visual identity. The Moto X Force is a device that also carries this new face of the company, which is marked by some details in appearance and customization through the Moto Maker service.
On the back of the Moto X Force we come face to face with the traditional vertical metallic detail that incorporates the camera and the flash. This visual aspect is present in the last three launches of Motorola – MotoG of third generation, Moto X Play and Moto X Style – and also gives a special highlight to the company logo.
In front of the device, we find a loudspeaker for calls at the top, which divides the space with the camera and an LED flash, plus some sensors barely noticeable for the black version of Moto X Force – so far, the only one available here in Brazil. At the base, the speaker division compromises the harmony and symmetry of the design and creates a visual that divides opinions. In addition to being unfunctional, these two sound outputs take away some of the looks consecrated by Motorola’s previous releases.
However, we can say that the Moto X Force – as its name suggests – is quite robust and conveys resistance to whoever holds it. Its dimensions are really generous – 149.8 mm (height), 78 mm (width) and 7.6 mm to 9.2 mm (thickness) -, which puts it between Moto X Play and Moto X Style when the Matter is size. The footprint tends to be different depending on the material used in the back cover, but because of the aluminum housing all offer a good fit to the hands.
The Moto X Force also reaches consumers by bringing customization of their look through Moto Maker. The customization of this smartphone is not as limited as in the case of Moto X Play and MotoG of third generation. As in the case of Moto X Style, the highlight is the possibility of changing the material of the back cover, choosing one of three alternatives: leather, silicone or ballistic nylon.
The most attentive must remember that the Moto Maxx has already brought the braided mesh as material of the back cover. As with the smartphone launched in late 2014, the Moto X Force equipped with ballistic nylon confers lightness and stamina, standing out among the options offered by Motorola. Leather, a variation that was exclusive to Moto X Style and Moto X of second generation, gains relevance as the only alternative to allow recording through Moto Maker. As usual, it is still possible to change the color of the metallic parts – between green, blue, silver, dark gray, champagne and black – and add a recording to Android startup.
Keeping the tradition of the latest Motorola launches, the Moto X Force is equipped with the pure version of Android. This smartphone still comes out ahead of competitors who bet on interface customizations by ensuring a quick update to the next update of Google’s operating system. In the case of Android Marshmallow, the OS has already been promised by the manufacturer.
Another advantage of Motorola is the fact that the company does not fill its smartphones with what we call bloatware. There are very few pre-installed apps, and the ones on the system are pretty useful. This is the case of the traditional suite of applications to enhance the user experience, a package that includes Moto Assist, Moto Action, Moto Voice and Moto Screen.
We already talked about Moto ShatterShield, the technology that ensures that the Moto X Force screen is virtually “indestructible”, but what about the display quality? Contrary to what many may think, the inclusion of multiple layers in this smartphone does not compromise the experience of using and viewing through the screen.
The AMOLED layer present in the Moto X Force offers a reasonable quality, quite similar to that found in the second generation Moto X.
Unlike the TFT panel on some models, the colors here have a sharp contrast and good color balance. The Quad HD resolution (2560×1440 pixels) on a 5.4-inch screen still results in a high pixel density (540 ppi), which ensures sharpness and incredible detail richness. There’s virtually nothing to complain about on this smartphone’s display.
In addition to the investments in the Moto X Force screen, another aspect that Motorola seems to have bet on was the hardware. This smartphone performs well, being able to outperform the other members of the Moto X family in benchmark tests and hit the top line of the market.
AnTuTu Benchmark 5
This application is one of the most complete of the category when it comes to analyzing the hardware of a device. AnTuTu Benchmark 5 tests interface, CPU, GPU and RAM. Higher scores represent better performance.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: 69,997
Motorola Moto X Force: 60,466
Apple iPhone 6s: 58,989
Motorola Moto X Style: 53,120
Sony Xperia Z5: 50,331
LG G4: 48,069
ASUS Zenfone 2: 47,449
Motorola Moto Maxx: 47,137
Motorola Moto X (2014): 43,893
Motorola Moto X Play: 34,529
Although the Moto X Force comes equipped with Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon 810”, the device did not present overheating problems in our tests. During loading, playing games for a few hours and recording videos in 4K resolution, the temperature reached a peak of 45 ° C, a mark that does not even cause discomfort to the hands and compromise the operation of the device.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Despite having problems in its arrival in the market, the chipset of the Qualcomm turned around and managed to consecrate like an excellent option for the manufacturers of smartphones. Today, the Snapdragon 810 equips devices like Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, Nexus 6P, OnePlus 2, HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2, offering great performance in games and heavy tasks, as well as providing extra features such as turbo loading Charge 2.0) and capturing videos in 4K.
The Brazilian version of the Moto X Force is equipped with impressive 64 GB of internal storage and still has the incredible capacity of expansion for up to 2 TB with use of micro SD card. Although there are not even accessories with this capability, Motorola is guaranteed to offer a feature that may become essential with the growing need to store more and more data on our devices.
The Moto X Force still carries 3 GB of RAM, delivering slack demanding activities such as running heavy games and concurrent apps. For the stratospheric price – which we will discuss later – it would have been fair to include 4 GB of RAM, but the device will definitely meet all users’ demands for a good few years.
The smartphone still performs simple activities such as browsing social networks, using messengers, and basic apps such as news and productivity tools. The smart dual-chip – able to automatically choose which carrier the user wants to use for each connection – is a great feature, but the Moto X Force corners consumers: to use a micro SD card, you have to sacrifice the input of a second chip Of operator.
Motorola has mastered the Moto X Force’s battery capacity. But this monstrous amount – 3,760 mAh – is needed to handle the high-resolution display and powerful hardware that powers the smartphone. Under mixed use, including playing videos, playing games, productivity apps, messengers and links, it was possible to reach the 36 hours of autonomy promised by the company.
However, the real highlight of the Moto X Force is the TurboPower, functionality that can provide several hours of charging when the device is only minutes connected to the power outlet. It should be noted, however, that the smartphone charger does not offer a separate USB cable for connection to the computer. The Moto X Force still supports wireless charging (Qi standard), but the set does not come with a compatible accessory with the technology.
If the cameras in Moto X Play and Moto X Style impressed by the quality and show that Motorola has evolved in this area, the set in Moto X Force is the realization. The images and videos produced with this smartphone have excellent quality with above-average exposure and contrast levels.
Auto focus is fast and works great, just like the dual flash with its ambient light adjustment technology. The practical function of turning on the camera with the shaking of the device is a real hand on the wheel for those precise captures that need to be fast.
The front 5 megapixel camera also features a flash, providing quality selfies even in dark and poorly lit environments. The wide opening angle is able to make a good frame, ideal for those who want to put several people in the self-portrait. The highlight goes to the “Best Photo” feature, capable of capturing multiple images and suggesting the best photo option, for example if you blink or move the camera at the time of shooting.
Here is the point where Motorola has sinned in Moto X Force. In addition to compromising the design, the separation of the lower speakers from the front was not a very smart solution. Instead of delivering a quality stereo experience, Motorola opted for weak mono audio that virtually dies if the sound output is obstructed.
So make no mistake: even though the output on the base is double, only one of them emits multimedia sound, videos and games, for example. The other has only the microphone to pick up the voice during calls. The Moto X Force headphones are the same as the other Moto X Force members, offering good quality and a satisfying experience for anyone who wants to enjoy music or movies with the accessory.
In our analysis, we could conclude that the Moto X Force is a smartphone that stands out easily against the main competitors and tops of line of the market. There are several aspects that reinforce this statement: the monstrous battery that can guarantee up to 36 hours of autonomy is a feature that few devices can currently offer. Many can not handle 24 hours of use, requiring a charger before the day is up.
Another positive aspect is the powerful hardware, able to handle any activity proposed to Moto X Force. The smatphone can run heavy games and apps simultaneously without difficulty, serving as a great option for those looking for an entertainment device. The camera also deserves prominence, since it is considered one of the best in the market, a proven feature in our tests. The sensors are able to create really amazing photos, rivaling the lens set present in other devices in the segment.
However, the “cake cherry” Moto X Force is its “unbreakable” screen, an innovative and very intelligent technology that has been implemented in a weight machine. Moto ShatterShield can easily set an industry standard and strengthen a need many users already had for a smartphone, but found no model at all.
However, the launch price of the Moto X Force may scare consumers a bit. The new Motorola smartphone is $ 1,000 more expensive than the Moto X Style when it hit the market ($ 2,499) and far exceeds the value practiced by some market tops that have been available for a few months.
Even considering the pros, it is very difficult to justify the price of $ 3,499 charged by the manufacturer for Moto X Force. This also applies to the lower value – usually R $ 3,149 – charged for different forms of payment, which is still well above what we expect from a device of this size and with the functionality provided. But if money is not a problem for you – or if the fear of shattering and tearing the screen is a constant in your life – Moto X Force is definitely an option to consider. This is the true top of the line Motorola.
1. Is the Moto X Force screen really unbreakable?
The answer may even be dangerous, but we must say that, yes, the screen is really unbreakable. However, when we say “unbreakable”, we are referring to possible accidents and controlled / limited tests that the display can handle. It is obvious that if the Moto X Force is subjected to extreme weight or thrown from a very large height, it will probably break all over.
If you’re going to use it on a daily basis and do not want to fling it off the fifteenth floor of your building, we guarantee: the Moto X Force screen will not crack or produce shrapnel.
2. Does the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 that equips the Moto X Force overheat the smartphone?
Despite the initial controversy that the Snapdragon 810 caused when it hit the market – especially with the HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2 – we can say that the Moto X Force does not suffer from this problem. Qualcomm’s review of its chipset coupled with the structure used by Motorola handles very well with the temperature rise, even if that means a reduction in overall smartphone performance.
In our tests, using the device to run heavy games and record videos in 4K, the Moto X Force reached the maximum temperature of 45 ° C, but at no time did it lock or warmed to the point of disturbing the hands. Therefore, no overheating in this appliance.
3. Is the Moto X Force waterproof?
As with Moto X Play and Moto X Style, the Moto X Force has a coating that makes it resistant to splashing. Therefore, unlike the third-generation MotoG, this Motorola smartphone can not be immersed and should present problems if operated while submerged.
4. How is the Moto X Force sound experience with the two speakers on the bottom?
Make no mistake: although it appears to have two speakers in the base of the Moto X Force, only one of the sound outputs is used to play multimedia sound such as games and videos. This makes the device not produce a truly stereo sound experience, offering a quality well below what we expected from a smartphone that costs more than $ 3 thousand.
5. Is the Moto X Force stronger than Moto X Play and Moto X Style?
Considering virtually every aspect, we can say that the Moto X Force is superior to the other members of the Moto X family. This finding is reflected especially in the price, since Motorola’s latest release is also the most expensive of them all.
6. Are there many apps pre-installed on Moto X Force?
Equipped with a pure version of Android, the Moto X Force offers a very satisfying interface experience. Proof of this is the limited amount of pre-installed applications, a selection that comes down to useful, consumer-friendly apps such as Motorola’s suite of apps.
7. Is the Moto X Force battery as good as the Moto Maxx battery?
Despite having considerable capacity, the Moto X Force does not beat the Moto Maxx and Moto X Play when it comes to battery life. However, the smartphone can deliver on the promise of Motorola: it can withstand up to 36 hours of mixed use. Under intense use, this player can handle up to 10 hours of continuous video or game content playback.
8. Is the Moto X Force camera better than competitors such as the iPhone 6 and Xperia Z5?
Since the arrival of Moto X Play and Moto X Style, Motorola has shown that the quality of the photos and videos captured by the cameras has been one of the priorities of the company. The Moto X Force is proof of this, as the device produces truly amazing images with its lens set.
Because of this, Moto X Force can overcome competitors such as the iPhone 6 and Moto X Style when it comes to the quality of the photo. However, it still loses to devices like the Xperia Z5 and Galaxy S6 edge, which stand out greatly in the images produced by the cameras.