In collaboration with OnLeaks, Android Authority has obtained renders and a 360 degree video of the upcoming Moto Z2 Force, which we first saw leaked in super fuzzy form last week. These images and video confirm what we saw there: a 2017 Moto Z Force that looks very much like last year’s. You can thank Moto Mods for that but fortunately there are still some changes worth noting.

As strange as it sounds to write this, the most important one of all is the reappearance of the 3.5 mm headphone port, which was controversially removed from last year’s Moto Z series. That’ll be great news for anyone that avoided last year’s models because of that fact, but bad news for anyone that bought into the idea of a headphone port-less future for Moto. I just hope you didn’t throw all your wired headphones away.

The second thing to note is that the design is a bit of a mix between last year’s Moto Z and this year’s Moto G5 and G5 Plus. Instead of the “caps” at the top and bottom on the back of the phone, the new Moto Z2 Force features a thin band that flows the entire way around the device, presumably to allow better radio signal access to the four antennas rumored to be inside.

Sprint will apparently use these antennas to bring Cat. 16 download speeds to the Moto Z2 Force. That means two things: the 2017 Moto Z range won’t be a Verizon exclusive and the Moto Z2 Force specs will include the Snapdragon 835. Sprint has already acknowledged it has partnered with Qualcomm and Motorola on its LTE enhancement efforts and demoed its progress on a mystery Moto phone we now know to be the 2017 Moto Z.

As we saw in previous leaks, the Moto Z2 Force features a dual camera setup on the back, more rounded edges, a dual-LED flash on the front, single speaker in the earpiece, redesigned solid-state fingerprint scanner below the display and a textured power button below the volume buttons.

The Moto Z2 Force features a dual camera setup on the back and a redesigned solid state fingerprint scanner.

There’s also apparently going to be a Lenovo logo on the lower part of the right hand side of the phone. That wasn’t included in the renders or video here but you can see its location on the leaked press render from the other day.

As you can see, the pogo pins and camera bump are in their rightful places, allowing you to slap any of the existing Moto Mods on the 2017 Moto Z Force. But the Moto Z2 Force has a slightly larger footprint than its predecessor, measuring 156.32 x 76.36 mm compared to last year’s version which measured 155.9 x 75.8 mm. It will once again have a 5.5-inch display.

Interestingly, this year’s Moto Z2 Force has become even thinner that last year’s model. The Moto Z2 Force is 5.99mm thick (8.50mm with back camera bump) compared to last year’s version which measured 7 mm (so much for last year’s Moto Z being so thin it couldn’t house a 3.5 mm headphone port). Let’s just hope that doesn’t mean we get a battery smaller than 3,500 mAh this year.

Kris Carlon
Kris Carlon is a Senior Editor at Android Authority. He is a half-British Australian who lives in Berlin, travels a lot and is always connected to a laptop, phone, smartwatch or tablet (and occasionally a book).
  • Dimitri

    That camera bump though. What is Moto thinking there…

    • Iuli S. George

      I think they made that with mods in mind.

    • Paul M

      agreed. no bump, bigger battery, flat back, everybody wins!

      • Henrique Freitas

        you re all forgetting the Moto Mods, they need to get fixed on the phone

        • Paul M

          magnets hold the mod on; I guess the camera hump helps align the back though?

          • Fitzgerald42

            Yes, that’s the whole point of it, to hold and align the mods.

    • They do the opposite of thinking.

    • Player Slayer

      The hump is a way of keeping the Moto Mods secured in place. And if you use the included style backing, the camera hump disappears.

      • Dimitri

        Oh i realize that but for someone that might not use the mods, the camera bump will be a issue.

        • Player Slayer

          Like I said, the included style shell is literally just a piece of whatever, made to level out the camera hump. Not to use it would be like not using the back cover on a phone that includes a removable back, all it does is make the experience more complete

          • Eric Walker

            Well maybe some people don’t feel like the build quality or look of the style shell is what they want on display. Maybe they don’t want to compromise.

          • Player Slayer

            Technically, if they didn’t want to use the style shell, then they would be compromising

          • Eric Walker

            That’s exactly the point I wanted to make. I own a Moto Z play and I personally feel the back is boring and feels cheap. So I tried using my phone without it, as much as I hate the camera bump. But whatever cheap glass Motorola is using on the back (I think they claim it’s gorilla Glass 2) must be very thin, or messed up because the back has developed scratches over time without me dropping it at all. It just sits in my pocket (no keys) and when I pull it out it has these nasty spots on it that don’t wipe away. Eventually I was forced to get a case. I have never ever seen this issue with Apple’s iPhone 4 line or Samsung’s s series

  • What do you think the S8 and LG has, Arsehole Port?

  • Clifford Stewart

    Will the backs be more solid in staying on, and will they not move as much up and down, instead being a more snug fit?

  • Andrew Pascente

    Gonna be straight out honest,1. I don’t think 3,500 mah can fit in this phone 2. I don’t think the headphone jack is coming back. Even though it has “force” in it’s name, think of it as a sequel to the Moto z.

  • Juan A C

    Thumbs up for the headphone jack

  • MeganJones

    What are you doing lenovo? I’m still waiting with my moto X Pure for the new successor but all i see is bunch of mediocre devices with huge price tag. LG G6 and Sam S8 look like some future supercomputers comparing to lenovo’s Z and G series.

  • Tim R.

    5.99 mm and you still have hope, that the battery will be bigger than 3500 mAh? Haha.
    Just hope it will be larger, than 2600 mAh of the Z.

    Bigger footprint, but the same sized Display… Congratulations Lenovo, welcome in 2012.

    • SaRPeR

      Samsung fitted a 3050 mah battery inside a 5.9mm thick phone.

      • Tim R.

        uhm nope? they put 3000 mAh in 6,8 mm (S6 edge plus…)

        • werrrr

          He’s referring to the Galaxy A8, which was 5.9mm and indeed had a 3,050mAh battery.

          • Tim R.

            ah ok
            they never released it in Europe, so… 😂

        • SaRPeR

          They put 3050 mah in 5.9mm (A8)

  • Player Slayer

    It looks like the top bezel now matches the Z’s horribly large bottom bezel. Moto may as well throw in the towel now, before they make fools of themselves. I guess Nokia is the new Moto, may as well embrace it

    • Anthorama

      I don’t get these bezels too. Just wait for Nokia to present their flagships

  • bgreezy20

    that bottom chin with the fingerprint scanner AND logo is huge and ugly.

  • tvguy

    Lots of hating on the Moto Z here. I purchased the Moto Z Force and use it in Canada on the Telus network. I tend to upgrade phones every six months out of boredom and I’ve gotta say, this is the first phone I’ve owned that I actually want to keep. The interface is pretty much vanilla android, it runs buttery smooth, and Motorola updates the device every month with the latest security patches. Also, the moto mods make this phone much more interesting, particularly the Incipio wireless battery and the projector mod. When I’m out and about for a long day, I slap on the extended battery pack / bumper and add another 2/3 battery power. Every evening my wife and I use the moto mod projector to watch movies or MLB — the image from the projector is amazing, and it fills up the entire bedroom wall. I’m very interested in the Z2 — I may upgrade for the SD 835 and dual rear camera. If these renders are accurate, I’ll also be happy to get the headphone jack back — although they include a headphone adapter and most of the time I use Bluetooth headphones / speakers. The Moto Z Force is a really solid device — I’m looking forward to finding out more about the specs, release date, and international availability.

    • Player Slayer

      Most of the hating is really coming from the design standpoint, like the giant bezels, or camera hump (but if you use the included style shell, it levels out the back of the phone). I own a Moto Z Force as well, and can say that, besides the camera and the giant chin, this phone is easily one of the best of 2016.

  • Robert Alexander

    That’s backwards thinking if they have a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack they got rid of it because it’s the future in the people complain so much they should allow their opinions to change and what the future is and have Bluetooth

    • Badwithnames14

      Has it occurred to you that phones can, and already do, have both? All that’s happening is removing the one port standard across almost everything. Those Bluetooth headphones will sure come in handy with the in-flight entertainment system.

      (I know some fancier BT headphones do come with an optional 3.5mm jack, but not all.)

  • Yousif Alnajjar

    The Force always had a headphone jack… only the regular Z had no jack

    • zAlbee

      You’re thinking about the Moto Z Play. The Play had the jack, not the Force.

  • xamindar

    Did an idiot write this article? Last year’s Z force also has a headphone jack. Nothing was changed in that regard for this version. Pretty ridiculous to be an entire article headline off of a lie. Maybe that was the intention, it got me to click on it just to write this. Will not bother reading it though, considering the title is flat out incorrect.

    • GoremanX

      erm… what have you been smoking?

    • Chazz Matthews

      NO IT DID NOT. X Force was only sold by Verizon and does NOT have Shayne headphone jack.

  • Ka-Zee

    I have a 2014 MotoX2. Best phone ever, period. Still. Does everything they needed to do and it does it well.

    • Eric Walker

      Did Motorola ever update that to nougat by the way? Or was it left on marshmallow.

  • Eric Walker

    The people at Lenovo are brain dead, removing the port, then adding it back. Making bezels even bigger and those ugly logos, the Motorola today is the exact company the Motorola of 2014 would laugh at. Nokia is the new Motorola, sensible design + great software.

  • Michael Nardelli

    I have had a US Verizon Z Force for almost 9 months now and I’ve got two complaints:
    1. The camera doesn’t hold a candle to any Samsung flag ship I’ve had in the past.
    2. The camera glass is shit. I’ve never had a camera scratch as easily as this one.
    These two reasons will prevent me from continuing the Moto experience.
    Rest of the phone is solid. I’ve gotten use to no head phone jack but i like that they are bringing it back. Excellent battery life, super smooth, gets updates quickly. Been on Nougat for months…

  • Pool.. Dead

    camera looks like Emoji :)

  • Guess Motorola learned that headphone jack lesson the hard way. Don’t be stupid, OEMs.

  • Badwithnames14

    “but bad news for anyone that bought into the idea of a headphone port-less future for Moto. I just hope you didn’t throw all your wired headphones away.”

    But you can still use USB C and Bluetooth headphones still. How is this bad news for someone who got rid of anything? I’ve never had any use for Bluetooth myself, but it’s nice having the option there if I ever do. Why not just think the same of the 3.5mm jack?