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Moto X Force smartphone is official, boasts ‘shatterproof’ screen

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Motorola’s US launch of the Droid Turbo 2 was great for our transatlantic pals, but what about the humble UK?

Fortunately, Motorola has announced the Moto X Force, the international equivalent of the Droid Turbo 2.

The handset’s modus operandi is hardiness, and features what Motorola describes as “the world’s first shatterproof smartphone display”.

Aside from Ross Kemp grade toughness, it’s also got a respectable roster of components.

The Moto X Force has a 5.4-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, protected by Motorola’s ShatterShield technology.

It also boasts a Snapdragon 810 processor, a claimed 48-hour battery life, and two cameras – 21-megapixel and 5-megapixel.

The handset is also eligible for customisation via Motorola’s Moto Maker scheme.

This lets you choose “premium new design options” like durable ballistic nylon and genuine pebbled leather.

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The Moto X Force will be available to purchase in the UK directly from Motorola.co.uk starting in mid-November.

The 32GB version of the handset will cost £499, while the 64GB is priced at £534.

It’s also going to be made available at Carphone Warehouse, starting £32 per month, with a £29.99 upfront fee.

What do you make of the Moto X Force? Let us know in the comments.

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chaosdefinesorder

October 29, 2015, 1:42 pm

Yay they kept the wireless charging for international release! Definitely jumped to the top of my wish list!

Dead Words

October 29, 2015, 9:01 pm

A tad expensive. Any word of water, dust, or shock proofing? That'd certainly add to the appeal of a supposedly rugged phone.
On a side note, the design seems a little...off. It looks like other Moto devices from a distance but up close it's bloated, bulky, and overly squared.

chaosdefinesorder

October 30, 2015, 10:37 am

The official website states it has a water repellent "nano-coating" and is good for light rain and the occasional splash but not dunking.

the "drop it and it should be fine" guarantee seems to imply (if not outwardly state) that it will be shock-proof...

As for cost, it's the only device out there with the (current) top-end processor, quad HD screen, MicroSD, WIRELESS CHARGING (yaaaaay!), one of the largest batteries etc. - all these things cost. Pretty much the only thing missing is a fingerprint sensor.

In my eyes, anyway, it adds up to good value. Especially if you compare it to the Xperia Z5 (non-shatterproof glass on *both* sides, 16GB memory) with a £550 RRP!

Personally I quite like the square ends and flat-but-tapered back but blah blah blah subjective blah blah aesthetics (also the good old "there's no accounting for taste" quote!) ;-)

Dead Words

October 30, 2015, 11:31 am

I quite like the Lumia 950 or 950 XL a cheaper alternative.
Anyways, I was hoping they'd throw in waterproofing with this phone. Makes sense in my head for Motorola to have done that.

chaosdefinesorder

October 30, 2015, 11:33 am

No argument there, full waterproofing would have been better than just water repellent... better than nothing though!

toboev

October 30, 2015, 3:28 pm

Yeah, it can survive a fall unless it lands in water!
Having said that, I see so many shattered screens, this has to be a good move. But I'd like to see first how it survives a drop onto its corner on a hard surface. That seems a more likely real world scenario than being bashed against a chair arm repeatedly.

chaosdefinesorder

October 30, 2015, 3:32 pm

Check out all the hands-on vids on YouTube (both Droid Turbo 2 and X Force); there are plenty of single-cut videos of people dropping in various ways including edge first, screen first and just tumbling onto a block of concrete with no shattering visible

toboev

October 30, 2015, 3:43 pm

Looks impressive. Thanks.

Dead Words

October 30, 2015, 10:44 pm

Indeed better than nothing. I think I'll pass on this phone though, as I'm not quite fond of the design.

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