Thinner Moto Z2 Force could come with a huge trade-off

Motorola is expected to announce a raft of new phones at an event next week, but one of the headline sequels could disappoint in one major way.

Judging by a newly-leaked spec sheet, the Moto Z2 Force will forego its predecessor’s impressive battery life in order to shave a millimeter off its physical footprint.

In a post on Venture Beat, leaker Evan Blass reckons the Z2 Force will arrive with a 2,730mAh battery, compared with the 3,500mAh cell within the original Z Force.

That would be a 22 per cent reduction in capacity.

It wouldn’t be the first time this year Lenovo has taken this route; the Moto Z2 Play also saw the company sacrifice longevity for style by slimming down the device.

Elsewhere, according to the report, the device will have a 5.5-inch, 1440p display that will board the same shatterproof Shattershield Super tech featured in the original.

The 21-megapixel rear-facing snapper will be replaced by a pair of 12-megapixel lenses, the report says.

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Another major update will come via the processor, with a Snapdragon 835 replacing last year’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. In some territories it’ll be accompanied by 6GB RAM, while the US-edition will be limited to 4GB RAM, Blass writes.

The phone will naturally feature the Moto Mods connector for modular accessories.

The handset is highly likely to be revealed on Tuesday July 25 at an event in New York City. We also expect to see a series of mid-range handsets, including the Moto G5S (and Plus), along with some new Moto Mods during the address.

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