Motorola is all set to launch its newest high-end handset the Moto Z2 Force in India on February 15. While the handset belongs to the Z-series, for us Indians, the Z2 Force is the spiritual successor to the Moto X Force that was launched by the company in India back in 2016. As already outlined in an earlier article in which we discuss the specifications and the capabilities of the Moto Z2 Force, this is a high-end handset with near-flagship class hardware. In this article, let us compare the Z2 Force with three other handsets that find themselves in the same price range as the latest offering from Motorola. These three handsets include the OnePlus 5T, the iPhone 7, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Let us start the comparison by first talking about the display and the design aspects of these handsets.
Moto Z2 Force vs. OnePlus 5T vs. iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Design, display
The Moto Z2 Force gets an aluminium body with toughened, shatter-proof glass at the front. The P-OLED display measures 5.5-inches across and has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio. This effectively translates to a PPI density figure of 532.
The OnePlus 5T, the newest among all these handsets gets a 6.01-inch Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. As you might have guessed, this is an 18:9 display. For scratch resistance and durability, the screen does come with Gorilla Glass 5 coating. As for the body, the OnePlus features an aluminium frame and rear panel.
The iPhone 7 was Apple’s flagship small-screened iPhone model for 2016-17 and features an aluminium, body just like all other iPhones out there. The display on this handset was an IPS LCD panel that measured 4.7-inches across with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. This display was also in the 16:9 aspect ratio and had a PPI density figure of 324.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge gets toughened glass coating on both the sides of the device and has an aluminium frame sandwiched between the two. The phone features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, thereby giving it a PPI density of 534. As you might have guessed, this display is also in the older 16:9 aspect ratio.
Moto Z2 Force vs. OnePlus 5T vs. iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Hardware
The Moto Z2 Force finds itself powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. As of this writing, this chip is the fastest, meanest SoC available for Android handsets. In the U.S, the phone is offered in multiple storage capacity versions. In India, however, the phone is likely to be offered in a single 64GB/4GB RAM version. For graphics, the handset uses the Adreno 540 GPU. As for the battery, the Moto Z2 Play gets a 2750 mAh internal battery which at first glance might seem simply inadequate for a phone in its class. However, not only does the inbuilt battery deliver excellent battery life, the phone comes with an external Moto Mods attachment that lets you connect an external 3490 mAh battery. This extra battery comes free with the X2 Force in India.
Like the Z2 Force, the OnePlus 5T also uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and comes in two versions – a 6GB RAM, 64GB version and an 8GB RAM 128GB version. The phone gets a 3300 mAh battery that offers day-long battery life.
The iPhone 7 is powered by Apple’s own Apple A10 Fusion chipset that houses a Quad-core 2.34 GHz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr) processor. The handset also integrates the PowerVR Series7XT Plus six-core graphics under the hood. The phone is currently available in the 32GB, 128GB and 256gb options in India.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, this handset was also offered with two SoC options. While one variant uses the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset, the other uses Samsung ‘s own Exynos 8890 octa core chipset. The phone is currently available in two options – a 32GB version and a 128GB version with both the variants coming with 4GB of RAM. The handset also gets a 3600mAh battery under the hood.
Moto Z2 Force vs. OnePlus 5T vs. iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Camera and imaging
The Moto Z2 Force comes with a dual camera setup at the rear that consists of a 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel sensor. The primary camera has an aperture of f/2.0 and supports phase detection & laser autofocus, and has a dual-LED dual-tone flash for low light imaging. At the front, the handset gets a 5-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a dual LED dual-tone flash for low light selfies. The rear camera records 4K and 1080p videos at 30 and 60 fps respectively
The OnePlus 5T also gets a dual camera setup at the rear that uses a 16-megapixel +20-megapixel sensor. The 16-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/1.7 while the 20-megapixel shooter has a f/2.0 lens. At the front, the phone gets a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The OnePlus 5T can record 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60 fps.
The iPhone 7 gets a 12-megapixel f/1.8 camera at the rear with support for phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad-LED dual-tone flash. This camera also records 4K videos at 30fps as well as 1080p videos at 60 fps. At the front, there is a 7-megapixel shooter that can also record full HD videos at 30fps.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge gets a 12-megapixel primary camera at the rear with support for dual pixel phase detection autofocus, OIS, and LED flash. The lens on the handset gets an aperture of f/1.7. At the front, the handset gets by with a 5-megapixel f/1.7 lens with support for dual video calls. As for video recording, the rear camera captures 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60 or 30 fps.
Moto Z2 Force vs. OnePlus 5T vs. iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Price in India, Conclusion
The Moto Z2 Force is has been launched in India for Rs.34,999 in India – thereby making it a competitive player in the sub Rs.40,000 segment. Let us check out the current prices of the other handsets mentioned here.
- OnePlus 5T: 6GB + 64GB: Rs.32,999
- OnePlus 5T: 8GB +128GB: Rs. 37,999
- iPhone 7: 32GB: Rs. 42,999
- iPhone 7:128GB: Rs. 55,999
- iPhone 7: 256GB: Rs. 63,999
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 32GB: Rs. 35,900
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 128GB: Rs. 49,000
Looking at the prices of these handsets, the Moto Z2 does feel competitive against the base version of the OnePlus 5T.